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Error…

The other day, I received an error while using a computer running Windows XP Pro:

Clear and consise, with enough information to describe the error but not so much as to confuse you, right? Yea, unless you want to know what’s going on. So I figure I’d better click here because more information is clearly in order. So I did, and had my wish fulfilled:

Yea, thanks Microsoft.

And I wasn’t about to click here again. If this isn’t considered ‘technical information,’ I don’t want to know what is.

Microsoft doesn’t want to talk to you

Microsoft’s Live search blows. I noticed a few hits from Live.com so I changed my robots.txt file to deny it. Actually, I’ve set it up to deny all crawlers. About two months have passed and I’m still getting the odd referral from Live.com.

It’s dumb because I can see in my server logs that the crawler is checking the robots.txt file, sees that I’m asking it to fuck off, and it fucks off without crawling any pages. So given that the crawler visits at least three times a day, why do they still have my site in their database?

Having had this problem with Google and easily resolving it after a brief message exchange, I searched for the contact information for the Live.com people. I searched in vain. I could leave a comment, but they tell me to not include personally identifiable information, and they’ll certainly not contact me personally. How warm and friendly. So I did leave a comment:

The robots.txt on my site was changed to block all crawlers some two months ago. Your crawlers hit the robots.txt multiple times every day so they certainly know of the change…yet I continue to receive traffic from Live searches. It’s ridiculous that you don’t provide any contact information so we can sort this out.

God forbid you actually let people talk to you!

Ass hats. If they think they’ll beat Google at its own game, they’ve got a good lesson to learn. People love Google. Google will talk to their customers. Microsoft does its best to avoid having to talk to its customers. How they think they’ll earn the same cachet as Google is an utter mystery to me.

Zing!

Word’s leaked out that Intel, with its 80,000 employees, will stick with Windows XP and not upgrade to Windows Vista. Not only is Microsoft losing a whack of income, but they’re also wearing some egg on their face as Intel makes the processors that power most computers that run Microsoft Windows. Intel and Microsoft have been close business partners forever.

So what’s the reason for this polite “no, thank you”? According to a New York Times article:

This isn’t a matter of dissing Microsoft, but Intel information technology staff just found no compelling case for adopting Vista

Ouch.

Farewell, Windows XP

As this visitor statistic chart for Seeking Another Alien Shore clearly shows, no one is using Windows XP any more, especially compared to that firecracker, Vista. It’s no wonder Microsoft is planning to end retail and OEM sales of the operating system at the end of June.

Killing the golden goose

If you’re not convinced Microsoft is going down the shitter, all you have to do is listed to Microsoft itself. Take what Steve Ballmer, the CEO himself, says according to Macworld:

As PC users clamour for Microsoft to continue to support Windows XP, company CEO Steve Ballmer called the Vista OS “a work in progress” at an annual Seattle event on Thursday.

“It’s a very important piece of work. We did a lot of things right and have a lot of things we need to learn from. You never want to let five years go between releases,” he said.

He makes a big deal about having gone five years between releases because he’s the CEO and has money on his mind. Me, I’m a user and I’m thinking more about how he’s calling a product that’s been out for 15 months “a work in progress.” He might as well say, “All of you who bought Vista? Fuck you, chumps,” and then laugh. Bill Gates is already talking about the next version of Windows so I’m forced to assume Vista will continue to be a work in progress until it’s dropped. Even then it won’t be finished, just dropped.

Windows Vista is this decade’s incarnation of Windows ME and DOS 4.01.

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