J-Mac: I thought it was fake too... I mean, things like:
... so I went to Microsoft.com. They have a download place so I went there.
Shouldn't he be saying "we" have a download place? or is he simply referring to the department that manages the website?
So they told me that using the download page to download something was not something they anticipated.
The mind boggles...
So I went to Windows update. Windows Update decides I need to download a bunch of controls. (Not) just once but multiple times where I get to see weird dialog boxes.
I guess I'm under the assumption that Bill actually knows what's going on in his own company. I mean, for all practical purposes, he is
Windows. What's so surprising about "weird dialog boxes"? Ditto for the next line:
This is after I was told we were doing delta patches to things but instead just to get 6 things that are labeled in the SCARIEST possible way I had to download 17meg.
Wow Bill, you finally realize how scary Windows can be when it does things you don't understand? Reminds me of a movie I saw once, but replace Pee Wee with Windows Update, and Dottie with Bill:
"Pee Wee Herman: There's things about me you don't know, Dottie. Things you wouldn't understand. Things you couldn't understand. Things you shouldn't understand."
So I did the reboot because it INSISTED on it. Of course that meant completely getting rid of all my Outlook state.
Translation: All my Outlook state are belong to reboot.
Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable? The file system is no longer usable. The registry is not usable. This program listing was one sane place but now it is all crapped up.
If I had been drinking a Pepsi at the moment I read that, I would have blown it out my nose all over my keyboard.
All in all, I have a little more respect for Mr. Gates now. Not much, but more. As for his company... Well it's 2008, the email was sent 2003 and we still have these messes.
Let's hope Windows 7 is everything we can hope it will be.