A woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft over a US$59.25 charge for downgrading her Windows Vista PC to XP.
In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in Seattle, Los Angeles resident Emma Alvarado is asking that Microsoft return the fee she paid for downgrading a Lenovo PC with the Windows Vista Business OS preinstalled to Windows XP Professional. Alvarado purchased the PC on June 20, 2008, according to the suit.
Alvarado also is inviting others who have paid fees to downgrade to XP to join the suit (PDF) and is requesting refunds for them as well.
Many customers who purchased PCs with Vista installed opted to downgrade to XP because they weren’t happy with Vista’s “numerous problems,” according to Alvarado’s suit.
“As a result, many consumers would prefer to purchase a new computer preinstalled with the Windows XP operating system or at least not preinstalled with the Vista operating system,” according to the filing.
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Microsoft Word Thesaurus Fail [PIC]
i found an interesting article; “Why is it that Microsoft’s products keep mushrooming in size with each new release always requiring significantly more disk space and more processing power than the last time? They might claim it’s because of all the new features they add each time, but that’s only half the story. The new features and the increased processing requirements are designed to fuel the process of perpetual upgrades. This is Microsoft’s way of rubbing Intel’s back so that Intel will give Microsoft preferential treatment when it comes out with new chip specs. It’s also Microsoft’s way of convincing consumers that their newer product versions are better because they are so much bigger. Their new features are often superfluous but users must still deal with the overhead required by the features even though most will never use the features. ” Read The Rest
Especially, do not feign respect for technical incompetence.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Oh, and we just set fire to your desktop.
BYTE editors are people who separate the wheat from the chaff, and then
carefully print the chaff.
To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
To err is human… to really foul up requires the root password.
Alan Turing thought about criteria to settle the question of whether
machines can think, a question of which we now know that it is about
as relevant as the question of whether submarines can swim.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.
– Andy Finkel, computer guy
Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature.
— Rich Kulawiec
As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error.
Computers are not intelligent. They only think they are.
HOST SYSTEM NOT RESPONDING, PROBABLY DOWN. DO YOU WANT TO WAIT? (Y/N)
HOST SYSTEM RESPONDING, PROBABLY UP…
How much net work could a network work, if a network could net work?
I am a computer. I am dumber than any human and smarter than any administrator.
“Nuclear war can ruin your whole compile.”
— Karl Lehenbauer
Linux — the OS for the Renaissance Man
One picture is worth 128K words.
The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to
hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.
Unix gives you enough rope to shoot yourself in the foot.
Those parts of the system that you can hit with a hammer (not advised)
are called hardware; those program instructions that you can only curse
at are called software.
— Levitating Trains and Kamikaze Genes: Technological
Literacy for the 1990’s.
The difference between Microsoft and ‘Jurassic Park’:
In one, a mad businessman makes a lot of money with beasts that should be
The other is a film.
The gates in my computer are AND, OR and NOT; they are not Bill.
“Nobody will ever need more than 640k RAM!”
— Bill Gates, 1981
“Windows 95 needs at least 8 MB RAM.”
— Bill Gates, 1996
“Nobody will ever need Windows 95.”
— logical conclusion
Windows 98: Not Plug & Play, but Bug & Pay!
Q: How many IBM CPU’s does it take to execute a job?
A: Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.
Those who can’t write, write manuals.
Don’t trouble trouble until trouble troubles you…
srv = xmlrpclib.Server(‘http://www.microsoft.com/’)
for employee in srv.MainDepartment.personnel(): srv.fireEmployee(employee)
— found in Python XML-RPC example
Q: What’s tiny and yellow and very, very, dangerous?
A: A canary with the super-user password.
System going down at 5 this afternoon to install scheduler bug.
Never trust a computer you can’t repair yourself.
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Windows Vista Brings Clarity To Your World | The Color of The Clarity is Blue [PIC]
When Happy Steve Ballmer Was Happy… Oh, Those were the good old days… via
Microsoft Allowed To Breach Contract For Only $5 via Lol Stash
Problem Caused By Windows which was created by Microsoft Corporation via
Yeah, you, you’re Microsoft, The Problem is You. The reason behind this problem is Microsoft Corporation. Why? Because you’re Microsoft. Got it? You, you? Ok?
Hotmail Upgrades Captcha To Prevent Human and Aliens via HiImFromDigg or
Microsoft’s Hot Search Trends According to Google. It’s time to fix zune, Microsoft. Seriously. via
Claus – Strange ad at Digg. Have you seen this ad yet? It’s one of the most frightening ads on digg. Microsoft is also an awesome advertising company. Their relation-ships are strong and powerful. They work with huge advertisers. Also they have to most relevant ads on earth. When i saw claus ad during my digg moments, i asked myself; how could microsoft found me? This ad is what i’ve been searching for. Microsoft is good at specific advertising. They are the king of targeted advertising also. I love Microsoft. Die Google.
Microsoft Stole Xbox 360 Name From Sony
Excel is hobby of a Microsoft Most Valuable proffessional. We’re very similar. I climb, sing and create photoshop slide-shows in my spare time.
Activation For Windows: Important, Your Card Will Not Be Charged