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The agony of indecision – Windows 10

Posted by on August 12, 2015.

It’s just sitting there. Mostly it’s being quiet – but every now and again it pops up: ‘Here I am. What are you going to do about me.’


Well I don’t know. Do I install Windows 10 and obey the business logic; or do I ignore it and obey the privacy logic?

The Business Logic
The business logic is simple. Sooner or later I will need to upgrade. I will have no choice. The future of Windows development and probably other Microsoft products will be tied to the new model – pushed out at nil or minimal cost to acolytes.

I cannot change operating systems. I need Office. Mac is too expensive. Linux is too technical. Chrome OS is good as far as it goes, but it doesn’t go far enough.

So I could upgrade now for free, or wait until later and pay for it. The business logic says install it now.

The Privacy Logic
The privacy logic says, Run! Run as far and as fast as I can in any direction until Microsoft is just a dim and distant memory in the past.

The privacy logic says that Microsoft will collect every bit of information of me and about me as it can. Yes, I know that I can set privacy controls to stop them doing some of it – but for how long and how effectively? This is Microsoft’s operating system and it will be able to see into the heart of it. One way or another, Microsoft will own everything that a user does with a Windows 10 operating system. It will have technical access to everything I do or say. It will have access to my Gmail account. It will own me.

And here’s the scary part. If Microsoft can access that information, so can the NSA. And since I am not a US citizen, the NSA has a duty to spy on me. As a foreign person I shall have no protection under US laws. And you can be damn certain that British and European laws will be designed and operated in order to facilitate US actions.

The privacy logic says do not install Windows 10. Ever.

The Quandary
So what do I do: obey my head or my heart? I need to work and I need Windows to work – but my whole philosophy of life is that your heart betrays you less often than your head.

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