..to sit down yesterday and write this..I was so impassioned but I'd just gotten up and was not quite awake. I don't know if I am even now -up since 3am.one pot of coffee down..I'll give it another try!
I picked up a virus sometime in July of this year. My Windows 7 system seemed to slow down..display error messages and missing .dll files each time I booted up. I like a tech challenge and over the years
my sis Karen (she's had 20+ years in IT) has given me a hard time.."Can't you leave well enough alone?" That was something she said many years ago..but now has come to understand that-"No-I can't! leave well enough alone.."
The day before yesterday I received a phone call from the 'Microsoft Tech Support Team' "What's going on with you there? We have received a multitude of error messages - 70,000 and counting - we want to help you..and we will right
your system." Intervention unsolicited is always welcome! I had downloaded all sorts of utilities trying to fix my computer, but alas - I was stymied.
"Yes" said the Microsoft techies.."the firewall and anti virus you're using is not working for you - we don't support it any longer!" I'd always used Zone Alarm - one of my favoured stand-bys. "We will set you up with
'Microsoft Essentials Pro' - that will do the job!" As our 45 min. monologe continued - I couldn't get a word in edgewise..things were wearing thin on this end. When I mentioned I'd been with Windows since version 1 and
helped with the beta version of Windows 95 their reply was an acidic "are you even Tech Certified?!!" Nope, I was not. "How did you learn all of this?!!" I'm self taught. "Youuuuu know that Microsoft is the 2nd largest
company in the WORLD?!!!!!!!" I am aware. "Well.." I couldn't wait to hear their next avenue of intimidation.
"SOOO, Mr. Holter..we can do all of this for you today for $399.00. Do you have a credit card?" Yes I do..but there's nothing in it. "When can you pay us?!!" I've no clue. They didn't like that! "Oh by the way let us show you
where we tracked the author of this virus. We ended up on a screen that showed an address of someone in Romania. "Do YOU know anyone there?!!" No, I do not. "Well, they have all of your personal information, do you do online banking?!!" Yes, yes I do.. "well, you better get this problem satisfied TODAY!!!" I can't afford it! My mind was reeling in the wake of identity theft now.. They kept pressing for money..I snapped "I told you I cannot afford this..I will have to fix this myself!" Okay-NOW I have to fix it myself, but I would no longer have to endure those shrill foreign voices any longer!
I had a system back-up on my external HD..I transfered it to my computer and wha-la..I sat here for an hour trying to remember my password! No good. I had just downloaded the new Linux Mint version 17 the other day!
Now we are really needing a solution here..so - when the disk asked me "do you want to erase the entire hard drive and install 'Mint 17'?" YES!!..and I smashed the button!
Less than 15 minutes later - I have a "new" computer running an "alien" OS. It's quick, it's responsive and being Linux it's supported all over the world..not to mention highly customizable. Finally - a system written by geeks worldwide for this geek right here!
I attained Nirvana..and am a happy man. 'Mint" does have a few bugs that pop up from time to time, but that means my tweaking can continue!
My sis said.."well done, that was pretty ballsy!" I didn't have any choice - my computer had just turned into an expensive paper weight! "So Karen..you should look into this - it's a nice interface..pretty even.." Before we hung up she had her notebook out looking at 'Mint 17'..I could hear her ooohs and ahhhs..
YES!! I've cut the Microsoft leash, and it feels pretty good!!