Occupy Wall Street, Occupy NSA, Occupy Microsoft

They are all Fascist corporate or military gangster institutions extracting protection payments from the public for problems they created or caused in the first place.

How does it feel to pay hundreds of dollars for a computer and then discover you do not truly own it? That you must continue to pay license and software and security/protection fees to be able to use your own damn hardware.

The answer: Occupy Your Computer! Take your computer back from Microsoft and the other megalithic scammers. One inherent problem is that Windows allows vendors and websites to write code into the operating system. That opened the door to all the damage, expense and grief computer users have experienced. For security, we were told, but also because of sloppy greedy programming, the operating systems became more bloated and slower despite faster and faster CPUs. I remember the early computer OS that resided on a 56 kb floppy. With a learning curve comparable to Windows 98 and the successors, even easier, it was functional but, without the GUI, you had to learn the control codes. Not a big problem, memorize a few control codes or look them up in a chart beside your keyboard. Some of them are still usable: control A selects the entire page that cursor is on, control C copies, control V pastes.

As some techie famously said, the only product Microsoft could make that would not suck would be a vacuum cleaner. But we thought there was no alternative to Windows bloatware.

There is. Live CDs are operating systems that reside on a read-only disk. A simple streamlined, complete, except for the current browser that you choose and download, Puppy Linux O/S will run even an old computer at blazing speed compared to Windows with no built in vulnerabilities to be exploited or protected. You download the operating system online (free of charge) then burn it to a CD. You interrupt your normal boot to Windows on your hard drive to instead install the operating system from the CD/DVD drive to your RAM. In fact, if your Windows has crashed your computer because it has become corrupted you can do this to access all your documents and files, bypassing Windows. In any case you can use the operating system without writing anything to the computer hard drive, or you can allow it to start saving your preferences, configuration data, and downloads on the hard drive.


The versions I use 528.005 are explained and available through this link. I notice there is a newer edition 5.3 but have not tried it since no big difficulties with 5.2, so-called Lucid.

The downloaded ISO, the Live CD operating system, includes a stripped down browser, Dillo, that you use to download the more functional browser or browsers you like to use normally like Chrome and Firefox. But sometimes you might want to use Dillo because it refuses to download the Frames and Flash that bloat most websites and will only display the html content, text and photos in vertical order.

Puppy Linux will do High Speed Internet, Wifi and also dialup (though you might need to buy a USB modem if your computer’s dialup modem, if it did have one, is actually and typically a Windows software modem, not a hardware modem.)

Every Windows computer user could benefit from having one to use when (not if, because crash is inevitable) you need to get at your data on the hard drive.


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