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Could Microsoft stop being disruptive?

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by P. Jayant, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. P. Jayant

    P. Jayant Flightless Bird

    I find that Microsoft has slowly become a monster doctor who has very noble
    intentions of protecting his patient from all the infections around and
    keeps pushing needles and pills into his patient to ward off all the evils.
    After installing SP3, at the time of several shut-down occasions, I have
    seen XP asking me not to shut down the computer since XP was installing no 1
    of some 25 upgrades and advising me that the computer will shut down by
    itself. It never asked me if I wanted any of those upgrades to be installed.

    I prefer a doctor who tells me how a particular infection enters human body
    ( through breathing, eating, drinking, touching etc) and lets me think and
    decide if I am likely to be a victim of that type of contact with an
    infected person.

    With indiscriminate addition of upgrades, not only does the system get
    bloated and slowed down but

    I E8 starts taking the law into its own hands and deciding which site I can
    log-in and which I cannot or closing down for security reasons a web-page
    which has been regularly used without any infection problem for years .

    When Microsoft finds the need to take such disruptive actions while the user’s
    work is in progress, it would be educational if Microsoft first tells the
    user what kind of a threat is being posed to his system by a web-page or a
    pop-up or a particular type of tag, or a rogue host or a data executing
    program. It does not. It just autocratically takes whatever action its own
    rule-book has laid down, never mind how it disrupts the work of a user who
    may have used some of those several times with I E6.



    P. Jayant
     
  2. Leonard Grey

    Leonard Grey Flightless Bird

    Maybe closing down the newsgroup is not such a bad idea.
    ---
    Leonard Grey
    Errare humanum est

    P. Jayant wrote:
    > I find that Microsoft has slowly become a monster doctor who has very noble
    > intentions of protecting his patient from all the infections around and
    > keeps pushing needles and pills into his patient to ward off all the evils.
    > After installing SP3, at the time of several shut-down occasions, I have
    > seen XP asking me not to shut down the computer since XP was installing no 1
    > of some 25 upgrades and advising me that the computer will shut down by
    > itself. It never asked me if I wanted any of those upgrades to be installed.
    >
    > I prefer a doctor who tells me how a particular infection enters human body
    > ( through breathing, eating, drinking, touching etc) and lets me think and
    > decide if I am likely to be a victim of that type of contact with an
    > infected person.
    >
    > With indiscriminate addition of upgrades, not only does the system get
    > bloated and slowed down but
    >
    > I E8 starts taking the law into its own hands and deciding which site I can
    > log-in and which I cannot or closing down for security reasons a web-page
    > which has been regularly used without any infection problem for years .
    >
    > When Microsoft finds the need to take such disruptive actions while the user’s
    > work is in progress, it would be educational if Microsoft first tells the
    > user what kind of a threat is being posed to his system by a web-page or a
    > pop-up or a particular type of tag, or a rogue host or a data executing
    > program. It does not. It just autocratically takes whatever action its own
    > rule-book has laid down, never mind how it disrupts the work of a user who
    > may have used some of those several times with I E6.
    >
    >
    >
    > P. Jayant
    >
    >
     
  3. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    1. You might RTFM. Start with...

    • Microsoft Update Product Team Blog: Windows Update and Automatic
    Reboots
    http://blogs.technet.com/mu/archive/2008/10/02/windows-update-and-automatic-reboots.aspx

    • How to configure and use Automatic Updates in WinXP
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306525

    2. Why did your computer need SP3 and 25 other updates installed?

    3. From your headers: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2900.5843. Why is the
    computer still not fully patched?

    4a. Your recent post in a thread you'd hijacked:
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general/msg/0e61c2a07a675314

    4b. My reply to same:
    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.internetexplorer.general/msg/e12cf5aadd038302


    P. Jayant wrote:
    > I find that Microsoft has slowly become a monster doctor who has very
    > noble
    > intentions of protecting his patient from all the infections around and
    > keeps pushing needles and pills into his patient to ward off all the
    > evils.
    > After installing SP3, at the time of several shut-down occasions, I have
    > seen XP asking me not to shut down the computer since XP was installing no
    > 1
    > of some 25 upgrades and advising me that the computer will shut down by
    > itself. It never asked me if I wanted any of those upgrades to be
    > installed.
    >
    > I prefer a doctor who tells me how a particular infection enters human
    > body
    > ( through breathing, eating, drinking, touching etc) and lets me think and
    > decide if I am likely to be a victim of that type of contact with an
    > infected person.
    >
    > With indiscriminate addition of upgrades, not only does the system get
    > bloated and slowed down but
    >
    > I E8 starts taking the law into its own hands and deciding which site I
    > can
    > log-in and which I cannot or closing down for security reasons a web-page
    > which has been regularly used without any infection problem for years .
    >
    > When Microsoft finds the need to take such disruptive actions while the
    > user’s work is in progress, it would be educational if Microsoft first
    > tells the user what kind of a threat is being posed to his system by a
    > web-page or a pop-up or a particular type of tag, or a rogue host or a
    > data
    > executing program. It does not. It just autocratically takes whatever
    > action its own rule-book has laid down, never mind how it disrupts the
    > work
    > of a user who may have used some of those several times with I E6.
     
  4. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    P. Jayant wrote:

    <snipped out all the childish ranting>

    > After installing SP3, at the time of several shut-down occasions, I have
    > seen XP asking me not to shut down the computer since XP was installing no 1
    > of some 25 upgrades and advising me that the computer will shut down by
    > itself.


    You can configure the Automatic Updates service in Windows to
    automatically download and update, or download and notify (but not
    install anything), or to just notify you (no download and no update).
    It's your choice whether or not you let someone else's alter the state
    of your host with automatic updates. This is true not just of Windows
    but every program you install that includes an auto-update function.
    YOU decided to be the administrator of your own host so YOU get to
    configure the software how you want.

    > I E8 starts taking the law into its own hands and deciding which site I can
    > log-in and which I cannot or closing down for security reasons a web-page
    > which has been regularly used without any infection problem for years .


    You thought that tirade had sufficient details that anyone would know
    where you are trying to login that has problems?

    Also, the web page presented showing you that a site may be hazardous is
    just a warning. You can still elect to ignore the warning and visit the
    site. Or you could simply configure IE8 to not use the SmartScreen
    filter. Again, it's up to you but then you lack the initiative to ask
    for help but prefer to rant without doing any research.

    <snipped more childish ranting>

    Well, when Microsoft gets around to dropping this newsgroup from their
    NNTP server along with their attempt to usurp Usenet with their awful
    webnews-for-boobs interface then we won't have to bother with these type
    of posters anymore in Usenet. Looks like Microsoft is doing Usenet a
    favor and secluding these posters inside their wonderful web-based
    forums. Hurrah!
     
  5. P. Jayant

    P. Jayant Flightless Bird

    Reading of the notes on security and other updates placed on Microsoft’s
    web-site is fine. But most of them are written in such technicalese that
    except for the flag-bearers of MS and the defenders of the faith, they are
    difficult for the lay user to understand. To be honest, I read meticulously
    all of them but most of it goes over my head.

    And even if my understanding of the notes was much higher, it is not
    possible to connect the exact diagnosis mentioned in some note with the
    sudden flash from Microsoft the Almighty striking down my request to open a
    web-page for some vague reason of security.

    It would be so much more satisfying if I was first told,

    “son, I know you have opened this page several times before. But now the
    same web-page has been enriched with an animation which uses an ActiveX
    Control technique which will be saved on your computer in a Temporary
    Internet File, if you open the page. It can then be used by the party who
    has placed that animation on the web-page to plant a spyware or a malware on
    your computer which will enable the advertiser to steal data from your
    computer and later take charge of your computer to spread the malware to
    many other computers.”

    Or whatever the technical explanation may be. Oh, Microsoft Almighty! Could
    you guide your ignorant users in an understandable language when a user is
    about to make a mistake rather than provide hundreds of Knowledge Base notes
    which are fine for the experts?

    Several users, have migrated from I E8 to Mozilla Firefox which does not
    issue updates by the dozen or expect users to read Knowledge Base notes to
    protect their computers. Nor are there any complaints about web-pages cannot
    be opened or being arbitrarily closed down from Firefox users.

    Why are the complaints only foe the I E7 and the I E8 Browsers?



    P. Jayant
     
  6. Dan

    Dan Flightless Bird

    "P. Jayant" <p_jayant@dataone.in> wrote in message
    news:#0MgB7iBLHA.4660@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Reading of the notes on security and other updates placed on Microsoft's
    > web-site is fine. But most of them are written in such technicalese that
    > except for the flag-bearers of MS and the defenders of the faith, they are
    > difficult for the lay user to understand. To be honest, I read
    > meticulously all of them but most of it goes over my head.
    >
    > And even if my understanding of the notes was much higher, it is not
    > possible to connect the exact diagnosis mentioned in some note with the
    > sudden flash from Microsoft the Almighty striking down my request to open
    > a web-page for some vague reason of security.
    >
    > It would be so much more satisfying if I was first told,
    >
    > "son, I know you have opened this page several times before. But now the
    > same web-page has been enriched with an animation which uses an ActiveX
    > Control technique which will be saved on your computer in a Temporary
    > Internet File, if you open the page. It can then be used by the party who
    > has placed that animation on the web-page to plant a spyware or a malware
    > on your computer which will enable the advertiser to steal data from your
    > computer and later take charge of your computer to spread the malware to
    > many other computers."
    >
    > Or whatever the technical explanation may be. Oh, Microsoft Almighty!
    > Could you guide your ignorant users in an understandable language when a
    > user is about to make a mistake rather than provide hundreds of Knowledge
    > Base notes which are fine for the experts?
    >
    > Several users, have migrated from I E8 to Mozilla Firefox which does not
    > issue updates by the dozen or expect users to read Knowledge Base notes to
    > protect their computers. Nor are there any complaints about web-pages
    > cannot be opened or being arbitrarily closed down from Firefox users.
    >
    > Why are the complaints only foe the I E7 and the I E8 Browsers?


    There are no complaints about Firefox in here because this is not a Firefox
    group. There are complaints about IE7 and IE8 because this *is* an IE
    group - and as usual the people without complaints don't need to post :p

    As to FF not releasing lots of updates, I guess you have automatic updates
    disabled. Almost every time I open FF (I use it for testing every few weeks)
    I get prompts to install updates. Take a look at the FF3.5 releases for
    instance - there was an update almost every month.

    Note that most problems with IE are related to incompatible add-ons - maybe
    MS should take a leaf out of FF's book and just disable all add-ons when
    it's upgraded and force users to track down newer versions of those add-ons
    just in case they don't work properly. But I bet if they do this then the
    support forums will be full of people complaining that IE won't let them use
    the add-ons they used in the previous version of IE even though there is
    nothing wrong with it; Firefox has a different type of user to IE, they tend
    to be more technically proficient and as such rarely complain about things.
    It doesn't mean that FF is any better than IE though - it just means that
    you're looking in the wrong places for the complainers :p

    --
    Dan
     
  7. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:%230MgB7iBLHA.4660@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl,
    P. Jayant <p_jayant@dataone.in> typed:
    > Reading of the notes on security and other updates placed
    > on Microsofts web-site is fine. But most of them are
    > written in such technicalese that except for the
    > flag-bearers of MS and the defenders of the faith, they are
    > difficult for the lay user to understand. To be honest, I
    > read meticulously all of them but most of it goes over my
    > head.
    > And even if my understanding of the notes was much higher,
    > it is not possible to connect the exact diagnosis mentioned
    > in some note with the sudden flash from Microsoft the
    > Almighty striking down my request to open a web-page for
    > some vague reason of security.


    The prededing makes no sense and sounds more like sour grapes than anything
    else. A little attention to the syntax used and what ti means would go a
    long ways for you. I just put a couple MS articles through a checker and
    they're written for a ninth grade reading level according to that program.
    When you don't know what something means, look it up; help yourself a
    little.
    >
    > It would be so much more satisfying if I was first told,
    >
    > son, I know you have opened this page several times
    > before. But now the same web-page has been enriched with an
    > animation which uses an ActiveX Control technique which
    > will be saved on your computer in a Temporary Internet
    > File, if you open the page.


    It is the author of the web sites causing those issues, not MS. Also almost
    all of those notices can be cutomized on a site by site basis if you want to
    get rid of it for important web pages. Or, turn the feature completely OFF
    if you don't want to be bothered by such things. Most anyone here can answer
    questions on the howto if you need it.

    It can then be used by the
    > party who has placed that animation on the web-page to
    > plant a spyware or a malware on your computer which will
    > enable the advertiser to steal data from your computer and
    > later take charge of your computer to spread the malware to
    > many other computers.


    Sour grapes again. Go to a black site, you're going to get black hat
    activity. It isn't active-X that downloads the problems; it's the USER who
    downloads things without knowing whether the site is safe or not. There are
    so many good sites out there it's just not necessary to use the junk sites.

    >
    > Or whatever the technical explanation may be. Oh, Microsoft
    > Almighty! Could you guide your ignorant users in an
    > understandable language when a user is about to make a
    > mistake rather than provide hundreds of Knowledge Base
    > notes which are fine for the experts?


    Try MAC, or move to Linux, and you'll shortly be back for Microsoft I'll
    bet. If you don't like a company, do not use their products. No one is
    forcing you to use MS products.
    >
    > Several users, have migrated from I E8 to Mozilla Firefox
    > which does not issue updates by the dozen or expect users
    > to read Knowledge Base notes to protect their computers.
    > Nor are there any complaints about web-pages cannot be
    > opened or being arbitrarily closed down from Firefox users.


    And several have migrated to Opera and many others, too. But IE8 is finally
    what IE should have been all along. Firefox is OK but not as flexible, and
    this isn't a FF group, so you're not going to see much FF talk here. I use a
    total of 4 differente browsers, depending on what I'm doing, with IE8 and FF
    getting the most use. Each has its advantages/disadvantages. When you
    consider the size of the installed bases of IE and FF, FF has such a small
    part of the overall market (not minimal, but small, stll) that the scammers
    naturally use IE for its larger installed base. Should they change places,
    then you'd see a lot more going on with FF and not as much with IE.
    Criminals go where the largest market is.

    >
    > Why are the complaints only foe the I E7 and the I E8
    > Browsers?


    Because this is NOT an FF newsgroup: Check the NAME again; see where you're
    posting. Go to the FF groups and you'll notice IE isn't often mentioned
    there, just as FF isn't often mentioned here.

    As I said before, if you don't like one company's products, don't use them.
    Go somewhere else.

    HTH,

    Twayne`

    >
    >
    > P. Jayant
     
  8. Fuzzy Logic

    Fuzzy Logic Flightless Bird

    "P. Jayant" <p_jayant@dataone.in> wrote in
    news:-OPTVUpeBLHA.6116@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl:

    >
    >
    > I find that Microsoft has slowly become a monster doctor who has very
    > noble intentions of protecting his patient from all the infections
    > around and keeps pushing needles and pills into his patient to ward off
    > all the evils. After installing SP3, at the time of several shut-down
    > occasions, I have seen XP asking me not to shut down the computer since
    > XP was installing no 1 of some 25 upgrades and advising me that the
    > computer will shut down by itself. It never asked me if I wanted any of
    > those upgrades to be installed.
    >
    > I prefer a doctor who tells me how a particular infection enters human
    > body ( through breathing, eating, drinking, touching etc) and lets me
    > think and decide if I am likely to be a victim of that type of contact
    > with an infected person.
    >
    > With indiscriminate addition of upgrades, not only does the system get
    > bloated and slowed down but
    >
    > I E8 starts taking the law into its own hands and deciding which site I
    > can log-in and which I cannot or closing down for security reasons a
    > web-page which has been regularly used without any infection problem for
    > years .
    >
    > When Microsoft finds the need to take such disruptive actions while the
    > user’s work is in progress, it would be educational if Microsoft first
    > tells the user what kind of a threat is being posed to his system by a
    > web-page or a pop-up or a particular type of tag, or a rogue host or a
    > data executing program. It does not. It just autocratically takes
    > whatever action its own rule-book has laid down, never mind how it
    > disrupts the work of a user who may have used some of those several
    > times with I E6.


    Microsoft enables automatic updates as the default as many users do not regularily update their systems. If
    you know what you are doing this can be changed to be manual and all updates have links to the KB articles
    that discuss the updates in detail.
     
  9. Gordon

    Gordon Flightless Bird

    "Dan" <news@worldofspack.com> wrote in message
    news:ec2kiNjBLHA.1972@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >
    > There are no complaints about Firefox in here because this is not a
    > Firefox group. There are complaints about IE7 and IE8 because this *is* an
    > IE group - and as usual the people without complaints don't need to post
    > :p
    >
    > As to FF not releasing lots of updates, I guess you have automatic updates
    > disabled. Almost every time I open FF (I use it for testing every few
    > weeks) I get prompts to install updates. Take a look at the FF3.5 releases
    > for instance - there was an update almost every month.
    >
    > Note that most problems with IE are related to incompatible add-ons -
    > maybe MS should take a leaf out of FF's book and just disable all add-ons
    > when it's upgraded and force users to track down newer versions of those
    > add-ons just in case they don't work properly. But I bet if they do this
    > then the support forums will be full of people complaining that IE won't
    > let them use the add-ons they used in the previous version of IE even
    > though there is nothing wrong with it; Firefox has a different type of
    > user to IE, they tend to be more technically proficient and as such rarely
    > complain about things. It doesn't mean that FF is any better than IE
    > though - it just means that you're looking in the wrong places for the
    > complainers :p
    >


    Excellent reply!
     

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