And here comes the red mist again…

The air can turn a little more than just a shade of blue at my workstation at home sometimes, and it’s happened recently… and it’s all Microsoft’s fault!

Imagine the scene, I’m sat at my desk and I’m in a productive mood, the music is playing in the background when suddenly Windows 8 notifies me I have to restart my computer because of updates. No postpone option, so alright… restart.

Back comes Windows 8, I sign in with my Microsoft account and I’m met with this from Skydrive.

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Ok, fair enough. Google asks me to sign in on their web sites every couple weeks, not a problem. Enter my password, and…

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Oh no! I’ve been hacked! Yeah right. I click next, enter my password AGAIN (you can see the blood pressure was rising at this point)…

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Woah, woah, woah there one cotton picking minute Microsoft. You’ve asked me to verify if I was using my account, I have done and now you’re insisting I change my password, that I’ve had for a decade or so because maybe, perhaps and on a hunch, someone else is using my account?

Oh and don’t even think about attempting to change the password to the same one as Uncle Microsoft says nooooooo. You can’t use a password you’ve used before…. EVER.

Now, we have a password policy in work but it only remembers the last three passwords of a user and it has the option to overwrite that if we go to Active Directory Users.

Now this is where the red mist came down and I was fucking furious. Now do I change the password on the web… then my laptop, then my chromebook, then on my tablet, then on my phone and then on the works computer.. or do I say “fuck this” and uninstall every Microsoft product, except Windows 8 obviously, and sign in on Windows 8 as a local user instead (comically is states you won’t be able to synchronise between computers… whoopee fucking doo!)

I choose the latter of course. So fuck you Microsoft, I preferred it when you were security slackers, at least I could choose my fucking password no matter what then.

If it wasn’t for my XBox account, I’d have closed the fucking lot there and then.

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