End of Support for XP so I’m Canceling my ISP on April 8

24 Mar

Sometimes it’s good to get things off your chest and to assert yourself. It’s good for your health and as we all know, my blog is about good health. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  Here’s the story.

Those of you with Windows XP know that Microsoft is ending its support on April 8.  As I have mulled over this event since their announcement, I decided that I did not want to upgrade my desktop computer to Windows 7 or 8 in order to avoid malware and viruses and other clouds of doom. And I resent the fact that it is expected of me.

So, in my way of protest, I have scheduled to cancel my Internet Service as of April 8, the same day Microsoft is ending XP support. What gives? I am so glad you asked.

1. I resent being led around by the nose by the Microsoft conglomerate needing to line their pockets by forcing consumers to buy new software when XP has been doing a good job for us. Better than Vista, better than Windows 8. Nobody liked either one.

2. I scoff at their cavalier throw-away attitude and lack of concern for the environment because rather than upgrade, many people will decide to buy new computers with Windows 8 loaded on it and not load software on their old computer all day long.

3. I’m mad at programmers and software developers for not creating better products that could last longer. Yes, I want computer products to last longer so that we don’t have landfills overflowing with discarded computers that take years and years to break down and then pollute the land and the air while doing so. Read more about computer pollution here.

4. I’m ticked off at AT&T my ISP (Internet Service Provider). I try to avoid calling them because I know that every time I do, it means a long conversation where they try to get you to buy something or add something and you can’t get done what you need to get done until they let out all the stops and wear you down! Other people must have complained about this issue because this time I was asked if I would allow the representative to explain other product options. I told her no. I asked if I decided to get DSL again in the future would I be able to. She said no.  She said she would explain why but since I already told her I did not want her to explain, that she would not be able to tell me. Oh boo-hoo my heart is broken! Then she said, to cover her *ss, you’ve probably gotten notices in the mail about these new products or options or whatever she called them. Yeah, like every week! They never stop coming. And the funny thing is that it is about $15 more than what I’m paying now so why would I want it? But I didn’t say that. I was nice. Speak softly and carry a big stick is my motto.

Then she tried to get me to agree to call waiting and some other service because it would be a package deal. Oh boy, a package deal! Would it save me money this special package deal? Heck no, it costs more than what I’m paying now. Thanks but no thanks.

Then at the end of the conversation she said if I change my mind, they could re-instate my DSL service. Huh? Didn’t she just tell me I couldn’t have DSL anymore if I cancelled it?

So what does this mean for us? For you, me,  my blog and my posts?

I went to my local library branch today and inquired about using their computers. Since I have a library card, I am allowed 1 hour at a time. If I need more time, I can sign up on their computer for another hour. My library is about 2-3 minutes from my house. At 2:30 pm today, all their computers were in use. I’ll have to get there earlier.

At this point I don’t know if using the library computers will work for me. I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. As of now, I’m not canceling my New Food Friday posts. If worse comes to worse, I’ll just do them as time permits instead of the 3rd Friday of the month.

The last time I checked, there were still over 400 million XP users out there who hadn’t upgraded to Windows 7 or 8.  For a different point of view about the XP issue, read this.

When I had Window’s ’95 on my old laptop computer, I ended up having to upgrade to Window’s ’98. When I did so, my $200 audio system did not function correctly with it anymore. To this day, I’m still tinkering with it, trying to “fix” it. If I upgrade to Windows 7 or 8, on my desktop computer, my Italian language software programs will not work, nor will my printer and who knows what else. I can probably get an upgraded driver for my printer but it will be difficult if not impossible to do anything about my language CDs. I use them around Christmas time to send letters written in Italian to my relatives in Italy. I refuse to buy new language CDs when I’m happy with what I’ve got.

Upgrading XP boils down to spending a lot of time correcting computer issues, searching for solutions and being chained to my desk a little longer. I’ve already written a post about how sitting at your desk is not good for your health. If you haven’t read it, check it out here.

After all the record snow we had here in Indy this winter, 55″ (and counting) when we usually have between 19″-23″ depending on which news program you follow, I am itching to get out in the sunshine! I don’t want to spend more time on my computer, I want to spend less time!

Well, some of my prayers have been answered. A website, epinions.com,  that I had written reviews for the last six years, has shut down. Kaput, The End, No More. I typically spent 3 hours writing each review. I’ve written over 400 reviews. To read them, click REVIEWS at the top of the page. While this turn of events frees up my time, it also lightens my pocketbook because I was paid for these reviews. Some of these reviews were of books.

I’ve recently gotten in the habit of listening to audiobooks. I love them! But now I have no outlet to write about them. Unless I do it here.  The way I see it, listening to audiobooks or reading printed books is good for your health because they are entertaining, often educational, can increase your vocabulary, and darn it, I say they’re good for your health! So, while I haven’t decided completely, I’m leaning towards adding book reviews to this blog.

Final words. A few people got rich crying out, “A computer on every desk!” We followed these commands like lambs to the slaughter. Have they (computers) really saved us time? How many times has someone misread your email so that you had to write another email explaining your original email? How many times have you hit the delete key for the Spam you got and then had to go into your Trash folder because you (or  software) accidentally deleted an email that you wanted to keep? How much time have you spent online trying to find a free anti-virus program that didn’t eat up all your resources and slow down your computer to a crawl? How many times have you gotten the “Unresponsive script” warning and it hung up your computer? How many times has malware or a virus screwed up your computer because your anti-virus software didn’t catch it? How many times….fill in the blank with your own time-consuming computer issue. Enough already!

I know. Normally I’m a quiet girl but when I get a bee in my bonnet, look out! The wheels are in motion, my mind is made up. Upgrade be damned! AT&T call yourself and hang up. Power to the people!

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11 Responses to “End of Support for XP so I’m Canceling my ISP on April 8”

  1. Russel Ray Photos April 9, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    I think you’re after the wrong people. You should be going after the hardware manufacturers, not the software manufacturers.

    Technology moves on. Windows XP was released on October 25, 2001. If we carry your thought to its logical conclusion, Ford and General Motors should still be supporting their older cars. They aren’t. Instead, OEM (original equipment manufacturers) take over manufacturing and supply.

    Besides, the fact that Microsoft is ending support doesn’t mean that the software all of a sudden will quit working. I have a laptop that is running Windows ME, and another laptop running Windows 95. Support for those two programs ended many, many years ago, but the laptops still work. Of course, I can’t run modern software on them, like Photoshop CC, Office 365, and such, but the old Windows 95 software still works. I use them for what, at the time, were complicated tasks but, in today’s world, are very rudimentary tasks.

    Microsoft also lets us know years in advance when support will be ending. For example, we know today that support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020. Before that date ever gets here, though, we’ll probably have Windows 9, Windows 10, Windows 11, Windows 12, and Windows 13. Also before that date gets here, our computers will be a few million times advanced anyways, so that old Windows 7 wouldn’t even run on a new computer in 2020.

    Don’t cut your nose off to spite your face, my wise old grandmother would have said. Instead of complaining about lack of support for technology that’s 12½ years old, join the modern world. Hardware and software are much, much less expensive than they were 12½ years ago but much more robust, capable of doing so much more, and making life so much more fun. What you were doing in five minutes using an old computer and 12½-year-old software, you can get done in one minute with a new computer and new software.

    • Marcella Rousseau April 14, 2014 at 11:57 am #

      You missed the point. The suggestions in my post were for people who identified with what I wrote concerning the costs of being online at home. Not everyone can afford to continually upgrade or buy a new computer, etc. Time is also an issue with new software and/or computers. You have to spend time to learn it, to read about it, etc. Time equals money. Then there’s the environmental issue involved with buying a new computer, etc. I value these three issues: time, money and the environment. My solution to my problem and to readers who identified with the same or similar problems was to use my local library computers.

      I save over $50/month now not having AT&T Internet service. I save between $60 – $150 (or whatever it is for the new software) by not buying it, and if I had decided to buy a new computer, well, I saved $350 – $1,000+ depending on whether I got a desktop or a laptop. And then I saved a ton of frustration by not having to deal with all of this! My library branch computer geeks work out all the kinks and I don’t have to do anything but sign on with my library card! My solution worked out great for me! Sunday I did 2 ½ hours work in what would have taken me all day on my home computer.

      I am as happy as a clam about all this and I am sure that it impacts my well being and my health which is what my blog is all about! I hope my suggestion works out equally as well for others who decide to take the plunge.

  2. Gerard Villanueva March 27, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    Sorry to hear about the problems, I have to admire your convictions. I hope you can find a good solution. A couple of weeks ago, a rep from my internet provider said I can change my modem (about 15 years old) for an upgraded model free of charge. The last thing he said was if I have problems with the new modem you can call the 24 hour service for troubleshooting. I dreaded and waited two weeks before I went expecting the worst. What if it wasn’t compatible with my computer, would I have to spend money on new cables or an adapter? Or would I have to buy a modem that fit my computer? Who knows what unknowns are out there. I was relieved to find it worked out ok. But that kind of anxiety is not good for your health!… You are right about the big companies scheming to control the market to their financial advantage. They know everybody will break down and buy whatever it takes and more to stay online. Except you!
    I’m sure you will find a way to keep up your blog.

    • Marcella Rousseau March 28, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

      Yes, I agree. That kind of anxiety is not good for your health. The rep didn’t give you enough info so that you could avoid worrying. When my laptop was new, it had a faulty modem. Geeks in a chat room figured out it was faulty from my descriptions. I bought a new modem and no more problems! I don’t even know where my modem is in my desktop computer. I took it apart once to install a new DVD-ROM because the old one stopped working. While I was in there, I vacuumed it out. I don’t remember seeing a modem although it must be there somewhere. The problems I’m having now on my desktop computer is when anti-virus programs run. They slow my system down to a crawl and I can’t do anything. I keep trying different ones but so far, no go. I had a computer professor admit to being worried about the future of the Internet. He said it wasn’t built to support all the people who are on it. The Internet growth hasn’t slowed down any since he said that.Even poor countries will have access to the Internet. (They won’t have clean water or enough food, but they will have access to the Internet.) If the Internet ever crashes, it will be like the housing market: a few people will have made a lot of money and a lot of people will have lost money. He never liked PC’s; he was a Mac man all the way. He’s retired now, or he was retired until his wife wanted to move back here since their daughter is getting married here. Then there’s also the Hacker issue. They are getting bolder and craftier. We don’t know when or where they’re going to strike next. My computer problems have caused me to stop and think about all this. It doesn’t seem to be worth it for me anymore. I’m looking to experience other options.I don’t know about the future of this blog. We’ll just have to see how the library option works out. I have become restless and bored. Last week I took my dryer apart (removed the back) to clean it of lint. I was surprised at how easy it was to do! And it works so much better now! LOL!

  3. Three Well Beings March 27, 2014 at 1:50 am #

    Let us know how this works out for you. I understand the outrage, but i lack your conviction! and guts I am afraid to cut the cord, Marcella, but if more of us did, there’d be a revolution! :-)

    • Marcella Rousseau March 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

      It’s interesting. My anti-virus program just notified me that it has protected me from several threats recently since I published this post. Kind of makes you go, “Hmmm.” Anyway, it was a combination of things that led to my decision. I spend more and more time on the computer because it has been slowing down more and more. I switched anti-virus programs and found that I did have a virus. Got rid of it, but I’m still plagued with slow-downs of one sort or another. I’m just fed up with it. I don’t want to spend my life chained to a desk. I didn’t buy a cheap computer and I don’t have dial-up. I have DSL “Pro” supposedly faster than some other AT&T choices. Why am I doling out all this cash to receive cr*ppy service? So that I can “upgrade” to Windows 8 and be more miserable? No thanks! This is my 3rd computer. I hate the thought of buying a 4th computer! Yes, it’s great that there are collection programs to re-cycle old computers, but that can only go so far. Eventually, they’ll reach a limit too. Without doubt, it is a bit scary for me. But I’m a “feel the fear and do it anyway” kind of gal. It’s not like there’s no turning back or that I wouldn’t have any other options. Plus, there’s the savings I’ll have every month when I don’t have to pay AT&T! Well, something’s got to give somewhere. Either the consumers or Microsoft. I’ll be waiting and watching! Thank you for commenting : – )

  4. silverbells2012 March 25, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    Good luck with using the library computers. I like your protest… Good for the community by using the facilities as well!

    • Marcella Rousseau March 25, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

      Thank you. They have a lot of computers, maybe 20? Nobody can hog a computer all day or argue with you about it because you reserve a computer through a computer and it prints out a statement with a computer number. I go to the library 1-2 per week anyway and with the nicer weather coming, I think I’m going to like this change. Plus it saves me money that I can spend on something else! My bill kept going up and up and I wasn’t getter better service! The librarians all know me, plus I may be going on vacation with one of them this summer – we already talked about it. She and her 4 sisters and me. (This could be covered in the news! lol!) What is your computer status? Do you have XP or another OS?

      • silverbells2012 March 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

        I’ve got Windows 7 – it came with my laptop. But these days I mostly use my phone (Android) as my daughter hogs the computer.

        Sounds like a fab holiday for you :-)

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