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So, this week, most of the computer users of the world were asked a simple question, do you want to upgrade to Windows 10? The first thing you learn about Windows 10 is the fact that it's free.. well kind of. If you're upgrading from an earlier version of Windows ( 7+ ), and you do it within the first year that Windows 10 is out, than you get it for free. Seems like a pretty great offer right?
There's a bit of a famous internet quote from a few years ago that says, "if you're not paying for something, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold". It's not a new concept at all. As far back as the early days of radio and television, you see this concept in action. The radio station isn't selling you the music, it's selling the audience listening to the music to the advertisers. The difference is, the radio never asked you to give up your privacy at the same time.
Lately I've been watching old episodes of The West Wing for about two or three hours a day for the past few days. I'm a little into politics, and I like watching the arguments back and forth between the two parties, but it's getting a little ridiculous on the news right now. I never thought reality would be more messed up than some Aaron Sorkin television show, but here we are, watching 22 people and a couple of very extraordinary media robots running for President. So, instead of watching what the next thing Donald Trump says, or the way Lindsey Graham wants you to see how to destroy cell phones, I choose to watch fake politicians complain about fake issues, and I don't have to think about anything, like.. the fucking mess we're going to be in when the next President gets there.
The problem was, having watched all of these episodes before, I needed something else to watch at the same time..