Windows still doesn’t take no for an answer

This is definitely turning into a series. I just reported recently on Microsoft’s aggressive tactics in pushing their users to upgrade to Windows 10 and today the Redmond-based firm has turned its aggressive campaign up a notch yet again.

Juli is the last month of free upgrades to Windows 10. And Microsoft is reminding it’s users of that with a dialog that asks you to upgrade to Windows 10, that has two big buttons, “Upgrade now” and “Remind me later”.


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Windows doesn’t take no for an answer

It seems this topic is turning into a series…

I wrote before about Picasa and Netflix not taking no for an answer, but it seems this is actually a widespread phenomenon. The state of our industry today is that we found ways to turn something as straightforward as asking a Yes/No question into an overly complex, almost fraudulent even, user interface, that seems to be ‘targeting’ inexperienced users, attempting to take advantage of their lack of computing knowledge.


Today it’s Microsoft turn to be confronted with the unethical way into which it has been deceiving users into upgrading to Windows 10. Paul Thurret describes on his blog how Microsoft has apparently, in it’s quest to get people to upgrade to Windows 10, stooped as low as turning that most universal NO button in Windows, the red close button with the white cross in it, into actually doing the opposite from what it always does.

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Default locations per country for Maxmind

Maxmind is a cool company that offers location services for a small monthly fee. In addition, they offer a subset of the databases their services use to the public under an Open Source creative commons attribution licenses. If you download and load one of these databases, you’ll be able to do IP to location lookups. Cool stuff!


For Bridal App, the platform for the bridal industry that I’ve been working on, we want to show the visitor those bridal dresses that are actually available in their area. For highly detailed location data (provided by the W3C Geolocation Api) we need to ask the user’s permission, but we can get a rough estimate of where the visitor is based on their IP address so we can start out at least somewhere in the right area.

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Picasa doesn’t take no for an answer

Every day (I think in fact, every time my phone connects to Wifi) it asks:

“Gallery requests permission for Picasa Web Albums”

It then only allows two ways of answering this question:

“Cancel”, “Login”

When I press Cancel, the Picasa mob leaves me alone for about a day. Only to repeat this question the next day. And the next…



My android phone is worse than a broken record

How about adding an option to DENY ?

Or better yet, why not formulate this questions as an actual question?

Can Gallery access your Picasa Web Albums??

“NO”, “YES”

Or, even better, why ask this at all?? Instead, create an option “Synch. Gallery with Picasa” and turn it off by default. Then, when I turn it on, then ask me for permission and login details.

I wonder whether the devs at Google that came up with this user interface have children? And how these children ask for an ice cream?

  • “Mommy can I have an ice cream?”
  • “cancel”
  • “Mommy can I have an ice cream?”
  • “cancel”
  • “Mommy can I have an ice cream?”
  • ….

Please fix this Google. I have never used Picasa in my life, but when someone now mentions its name, I see images of Godfather and cut-off horse heads because of the gangster-like way in which it is pressuring me to give it a permission I do not want to give it.

Don’t be evil.