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Matthew Conlen @mathisonian
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I decided to install windows 10 on an old laptop since OSX is frustrating recently. trying to install and play minesweeper was a little microcosm of so much that's wrong with computing today.
first, it doesn't come pre-installed, you have to search for it in through microsoft app store and download. fine, nothing wrong with that.

but the download starts and its almost 200MB. 🤔 maybe they added some sweet textures
download completes. when you open the app you see this a popup asking you to sign in to a MS account, ostensibly to share a high score, more likely just because they really want you to sign in. Win 10 is maybe the thirstiest of all time in this regard
close that and look at the dashboard. what a monstrosity. complete with an ad unit right in the middle. this doesn't just show MS ads, anything is fair game. Pay $10 to remove and get the ad-free minesweeper experience.
start the game: it got a makeover and some cool sound effects. alright.

finish: more ads!
it wasn't until i played a few games that a FULL SCREEN VIDEO AD popped up!

look at that glory. i wonder whose job it was to sell this spot
oh and as an added bonus they also put ads in solitaire. if only i needed a new psoriasis medication
i know i'm late to this party, but just found this very surprising (the video ads especially). it feels like most software is no longer deployed to empower the individuals using it, and that is really sad.
and hi haters, yes i love minesweeper
maybe the worst part of this whole thing was that I removed Linux and replaced it with this windows install.

The Microsoft article on how to do this, updated in 2017, unflinchingly suggests that one should have a floppy disk on hand
okay, angry techie rant is over, back to regularly scheduled data vis-adjacent content. also none of you probably know who I am, since, new avi 🤣
one last thing: hard LOL to everyone talking about the new microsoft
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