Thursday, December 17, 2015

Verizon, Microsoft, Windows 10

I've been getting notices, more like demands that I upgrade to Windows 10.

I hate to mess with something that is working so I have avoided doing so, but I also know that when computer software manufacturers move on they abandon old platforms which eventually cease to be compatible with newer versions. I also suspect that each successive version of these devices is a more effective surveillance tool so "my government can protect me against terrorists". Yeah, team.

I got a notice from Verizon the 15th saying we had used 75% of our allotted data for the month and that it was due to reset on the 16th. Our phone and internet use all is applied to the same account.

Leah had done the upgrade without any apparent complications, so yesterday I decided to give in.

I started the download. It seemed to be slow loading so I decided to eat some breakfast. When I came back, I noticed that the attempt had failed. I tried again.

My phone alerted me that we had used 90% of our monthly data.

Second attempt failed.

My phone alerted me that we had used 100% of our data, and each additional gig would cost us $15.

By the time I got the goddamned thing shut down we went at least two of these increments over for the month, meaning an additional $30 charge.

I still have not successfully downloaded Windows 10.

Fuck Microsoft. Fuck Verizon. Fuck you very much.



    Not the be-all and end-all, but I like it better than Windows. There are other Linuces, of course. Debian is nice, too.

  2. Similar situation happened to my wife as she explored switching to "10". After it was all over she had 10 installed and I had a 10 gig overage ($150). Such is the free Windows 10 upgrade.