Do we live in pretty strange times or what? Just imagine this scene. A knock on the front door. The mailman stands there, and his expression is not one of adoration.
|The Commandments Revised ... Windows - surprisingly Windows - has a go at a Sermon on the Mount episode.|
'Forget it. I don't like this front door. It ain't new. Get a new door and maybe you can have your mail.'
Perhaps he hasn't grabbed you by the lapels, exactly, but he doesn't produce the mail.
And the internet version of the postie isn't giving it to you on your old phone and nor on your old iPad.
Then, later, when you look at the dear old mini iPad #2, you find there's been a sudden change of heart. Slowly, the mail arrives.
A pang of conscience
Perhaps the internet postman has suffered a pang of conscience.
The most likely reason, I suspect, is that new rules were introduced in the US, and these were what I saw on my gadgetry.
Then someone on a zillion dollars a month realised the error, and then turned on the change for the UK, or Europe. Well, for those of us on this side of the Pond, anyway.
The following came my way on my elderly Windoze phone. And it really seemed much more like the aggressive postman.
If I wanted to get my mail, I would have to agree to ... as I am about to type the demands, I still find it hard to believe what I am about to relay.
The message reads: Windows would like to:
See, edit, download, and permanently delete your contacts
Associate you with your personal info on Google
See, edit, share, and permanently delete all the calendars you can access using Google Calendar
|A Spring refresher ... Nature nodded this morning that Spring has sprung in London with these two happy lads in my communal garden. Somehow, looking at this odd pair made the world seem not so dotty as two internet giants seem to want it to be.|
Thanks to the blunt Americanese, I half expected it to round off with a 'Have a nice day.'
The over-the-top commandments continue with these few lines ...
By clicking Allow, you allow this app and Google ... '
Sorry, I'm too appalled to type more of the offensive rubbish. You'll see the childish audacity on the photo on this page.
But, dear readers, can this really be the Windows that we fell in love with when the word processing magic started all those years ago?
Is marvellous Google really associated with such over-the-top bullying?
What can one say? Well, what about thank God for Apple and its icloud dot com email.