I always feel like somebody's watching me

I always feel like somebody's watching me

Aug 03, 2013

Microsoft is back in the headlines again. CEO Steve Balmer announced a massive restructuring, emphasising the MS vision of providing us everything through a number of different devices, including phones, TVs, computers and tablets.

I was pondering the potential of this brave new world as I was rummaging through the garage looking for the children’s paddling pool. There is a scene in a movie called ‘Artificial Intelligence’ where the main character walks into a warehouse stacked with obsolete electronics. My garage has startling similarities. Why in the world is it so difficult to throw away old computers?

All the machines are under 7 years old; it does not need the little grey cells of Hercule Poirot to connect the age of my two children with the birth of this computer graveyard.

Amazingly, we no longer have any Microsoft operating systems in the house; try as they might, the little darlings have been happily surfing the Internet for the last 12 months without a Trojan, Worm or Creeper in sight. No Microsoft, no such problem. So, come on Microsoft. If you want us all to live in your world then let’s first understand how you are going to support us. Protecting our lives from the prying eyes of the NSA and FBI may be high on most people’s agenda, but I really want to see how you can defend us from the awesomely destructive power of our tiny terrors.

Ed Shropshire, Managing Director