My mother in law asked me to fix her computer. “It’s just really slow.” I haven’t used Windows since, uhhh, XP I guess? And like, Windows has just gotten more and more garbage since then.

Microsoft has a lot of crimes to pay for but wow, Windows really sucks 😭

A good deal of the blame here falls on Asus for installing a bunch of bloatware, but then, who set up the OEM deals to make that possible? Microsoft.

No one to blame for this awful keyboard but the French Canadians, though.

Just sell two SKUs for two languages, Asus, you cowards.

“In search of incredible?” Keep looking I guess [cw face]

@ashfurrow Would you believe me if I said the main reason I got interested in building my own computer was so there wouldn't be bloatware installed by default?

@ashfurrow one day asus will be like "we've done it! we've found incredible! we can all go home now!"

one blessed day

@gbrnt things are speaking for me, are you getting any errors or anything?

@ashfurrow Nothing obvious - I've tried attaching a screenshot of what I'm seeing but it's also looking blank to me. So avatars are non-existent, and I can't see images except the blurred preview... aaand it's back.

This was happening on both my phone (Fedilab) and my desktop browser. Seems to be working again now!

@ashfurrow It started again. I checked the network tab, and requests to cdn.mastodon.technology are getting 0B responses

@ashfurrow The so-called "AZERTY" keyboard is chief and foremost among the misdemeanours of the French.

@ashfurrow I thought everyone reinstalled Windows right after making sure the hardware worked.

@gudenau not my mother in law apparently. Neither my family nor my partner’s are at all computer savvy.

@ashfurrow Wasn't there a UEFI that would install bloat when you installed Windows? That sounds familiar to me.

@ashfurrow Wuahaha… Right on the spot. Exactly THAT Laptop (well, an ASUS one) was what convinced me to never again buy a) an ASUS device and b) a computer with a pre-installed Windows.

Must have been almost 20y ago. That laptop was then running with Linux (I couldn't stand that bloat it shipped with, and de-bloating didn't go well) – and all my devices since then were obtained "blank" and initialized with Linux. Never regretted *that* choice…

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