“Dear Sir Bill Gates; invoice enclosed. Prompt payment is expected,” Guy J. Kewney writess for newwirelessnet.com, “Please find enclosed my invoice for £1,200 sterling for administrative and consulting work, caused by the need to repair Microsoft sabotage. I dare say you’d like details.”
MacDailyNews Note: Guy, Bill Gates is busy financing U.S. newspaper purchases with his ‘charity.’ Please send invoice directly to Steve Ballmer – and do it quickly, before he deploys his golden parachute, too.
Kewney continues, “Last night, your organisation destroyed about three hours’ worth of work I’d done.”
Kewney explains, “The work was a set of notes being made in a text editor which I am required to use by one of my clients. All the files were open last night, when a family emergency occurred, and I was unable to devote the ten minutes required to closing them down. I was logged into a remote system with a one-time login, which I cannot get clearance for again till Tuesday. And I had several Web sites open on my desktop.”
“During the night, Microsoft took it upon itself to update my computer. I arrived at work to find a message stating: ‘Windows recently downloaded and installed an important security update to help protect your computer. This update required an automatic restart of your computer,'” Kewney writes.
Kewney writes, “I have gone to some trouble to ensure that this doesn’t happen. I have set Windows Update to ‘custom’ – meaning that I will decide which updates I need to install, and how the update will be handled. And when an update says “this requires a restart” I have always specified that I will restart the machine at a time of my own choosing.”
Kewney writes, “When you chose, on your own initiative, to disregard all my precautions and reboot this PC last night, I not only had several notes in progress; I also had about a half-dozen Web browser windows open. It has taken me the best part of three hours to try to recall what I had discovered, and where – and I honestly doubt I will be able to recover the majority of those URLs. They took considerable research to find.”
“This event isn’t the only example of Microsoft’s assumption that my own preferences can be disregarded in favour of Redmond’s whims,” Kewney writes, “…The word for this behaviour is ‘arrogant.’ It will come back to haunt you.”
Full article, a funny read, here.
Bill Gates’ ‘charity’ foundation finances U.S. newspaper purchases – August 21, 2006