Show me your desktop and I tell you who you are. If this line sounds vaguely familiar you may know where I'm heading with the initial question. A computer user belongs to the Next Next Next generation if Next Next Next describes the user's actions when installing software on a computer system.
Those users usually install a bunch of crapware on their system because of the way they install software. This includes toolbars, changes to their web browser's homepage, desktop shortcuts to tempting offers and basically everything that is not needed to run an application. Yes, that includes the "do you mind if we track your use of our program and transfer the data to our main server to analyze" it option.
To make a valid point somewhere in this article. A lot of problems with computers would vanish over night if users would opt for custom installations more often. They would discover a wealth of options and features that they could uncheck before installation to reduce system load, increase system resources and have am overall better computer experience.
So what is it. Are you a next next next guy?
I can understand when end users do not want to read through 20 or so pages of a terms of service agreement, but when it comes to selecting the custom option during installation of software, I don't. Free applications sometimes include offers for third party software to earn some money from the program. This is a valid business model and nothing to be looked down upon unless the way the offers are presented try to fool the user.
Computer users who install software most of the time do not need these offers. More often than not, they are an inconvenience, especially when they change the search provider, install toolbars in browsers or change the home page of the browser.Advertisement
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