Microsoft: We Just Don’t Fucking Care

Daylight Savings Time is three weeks earlier this year and Microsoft doesn’t much care:

For three weeks this March and April, Microsoft Corp. warns that users of its calendar programs “should view any appointments as suspect until they communicate with all meeting invitees.”Wow, that’s sort of jarring — is something treacherous afoot?

Actually, it’s a potential problem in any software that was programmed before a 2005 law decreed that daylight-saving time would start three weeks earlier and end one week later, beginning this year. Congress decided that more early evening daylight would translate into energy savings.

Software created earlier is set to automatically advance its timekeeping by one hour on the first Sunday in April, not the second Sunday in March (that’s March 11 this year).

How simple would it be to coble up a patch for this and offer it for download? Apple fixed it six months ago. I didn’t even know I had already downloaded the fix because they put it in a free security upgrade. And that right there is why Microsoft isn’t doing jack: They can’t find a way to make people pay for a minor computer glitch everyone else fixed for free. So, anyone on a Windows platform will just have to suck it up or run an hour late for most of March.

Everyone out there who got on my case for being a Firefox evangelist, take note. This is why IE7 is a piece of shit. Microsoft is counting on it’s users being too dumb to realize that IEs supposed innovations, like tabs and RSS and a functioning Web 2.0 interface, aren’t actually bonuses you have to pay for. They are free as is every other browser out there, and were available years before Microsoft bothered to throw out some half-assed piece of shit with a wildly inflated price tag on it.

Microsoft wants your money. Once they have it, you’re on your own.

7 thoughts on “Microsoft: We Just Don’t Fucking Care”

  1. If it didn’t come preloaded on your computer, it’s about $190, Walt, the cost of Windows in a box because it’s part of the operating system. That doesn’t include the cost of the virus software and adware software you have to have if you use it because it’s such a mess, and no, the stuff Microsoft provides isn’t good enough. Every time I get a Microsoft upgrade I have to run my adware program because they add a tracking cookie to my computer.

    Microsoft’s solution for the time shift is for people to upgrade to Vista, which requires hardware upgrades that most people don’t want or need.

  2. Any price for a browser is too much when Firefox, Safari and Opera are free.

    Another case in point presented itself at work today: a Windows upgrade that downloaded automatically and left no choice to install or not, broke the compatibility with a third party app that I can’t do my job without. The school’s entire cataloging staff, of five people on two campuses were unable to do any cataloging today and maybe tomorrow until OCLC puts out the patch. This is what Microsoft calls an upgrade.

  3. I don’t want to disturb the MS hatefest, but two little facts:

    1. IE7 has exactly the same price as Firefox, Safari, and Opera. $0.

    2. Microsoft has already distributed XP autoupdates to deal with the change in DST. There’s also a download for people who turned off autoupdate. The statement that their solution is to upgrade to Vista is simply false.

    That’s even what the story says. Microsoft did the same thing as Apple: Distribute patches for supported versions of their operating system, but the patches only work if you allow your OS to be patched.

  4. And as I mentioned, the autoupdate patch mangled my office PCs third party software, making it incompatible. What kind of upgrade is so bunged it disables other apps?

    and if they’ve changed th eprce, that’s new because they were selling it.

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