When using computers in general, I wish there were more options. 'Your
computer has experienced an unexpected error and needs to shut down'. You
must click OK, your only option. Except it's not OK. I wish there was a
button you could click on that said 'crash the computer after sending
microsoft a firey email about their trash software'. As for EULA
contract wording, you're given no choice but to accept, or not use the
software. The choice is an illusion. Of course that means we get abused or our
rights get violated. We could fix that situation, of course. Government
regulators could protect us with legislation and enforcement concerning our
privacy and rights and how EULA's are written and who they must protect.
However, we can't do that. Tech firms beat consumers when it comes to
paying off lawmakers. Plus, we hate government. We'll side with the
business every time when they whine about burdensome regulation. We do not act
in our own best interest. So click on 'I agree'. It's your only
I am bothered by contracts that say something like, "Your only option,
should you disagree with any part of the Software Agreement, is to uninstall the
software." Or even worse, "Use of this software indicates your
acceptance of all parts of the Software Agreement." These draconian
contracts are taking away inalienable rights. Imaging if some
company sneaked in a line like, "By using this software you agree to forfeit
your right to bear arms, your right to free speech, and your right to vote."
Since nobody ever reads them it would probably go undetected for years! The
vigilance on this should be much higher.
TO "SLC Grandma" you can also use Chrome's Incognito mode that
deletes all of the cookies after each session.
If you use DuckDuckGo, for instance, instead of Google for your search, you
won't be inundated with ads for similar products as that search engine
doesn't track you like Google does.
In the 60s I read George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Since that
time it has been interesting watching our government and big business gathering
information on US citizens. I have a couple of siblings who don't post
anything on the internet for that very reason. On the other hand I have a blog
with almost a half million views. When I search for anything on eBay
within a few minutes see ads for the item on other websites. In some ways it is
scary. Most grocery stores want your phone number so they can track your
purchases. The government (through the NSA) knows a lot about our habits and
stores know what we buy and don't buy. In other ways it is wonderful being
able to contact people all across the world who you otherwise would never be
able to talk to. I don't think most Americans care about these issues. We
have come a long way since the Watergate break ins, some good and many