Please, Take It Back!!

Dear Mr. Gates,

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but somebody has to. Maybe you will listen to me because I am a computer technician who has worked a lot with various Windows Operating Systems.


Let me count the ways…

  1. The new Start Menu is ridiculous.  Your desktop is one of the boxes called “tiles”.  They are buttons that must be clicked on my laptop.
  2. I wont use half of the “tiles”, yet I cannot edit the menu to remove them from sight. I may not have found the correct place to accomplish the task, and who’s fault is that?
  3. Speaking of finding things… Where is the damn user manual that needs to be sent out with each new Windows 8 OS?? Because it certainly was not in the box with my new laptop.
  4. The “Quick Start Guide” was well named. It had 8 languages and 5 steps (no photos, no directions)
  5. You can’t fool me, this OS was designed for a smart phone. Not my dumb laptop, I assure you.
  6. If a computer technician is really pissed off about an OS, imagine how your  non-technical users are feeling…

I’m begging you, please make OS 8 for a laptop/desktop. Writers (at least this one) need consistent functionality way more than we need “Cool”.


Jodi Lea; author of  Not Pretending (to be sane)


Windows 7 =  Windows 7   Windows 8 =  Win  8

Quote of the Day: Ford’s Rebuttal

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a computer technician or a Windows user, but this story is one of my all-time favorites.

At a computer expo, Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,

‘If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.’

Ford issued a press release, in response to Bill’s comments, stating,

If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash………Twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive – but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single ‘This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation’ warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask ‘Are you sure?’ before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You’d have to press the ‘Start’ button to turn the engine off.

See what I mean?


Microsoft   VS.  FORD

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