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Windows 7 Beta Release … Huge Failure Friday – Back again Saturday … Apology on Monday

Update: Saturday January 10th 1:00 PM eastern time.

Site is back up .. Key acquired … all is right with the world.

Update 2: Monday January 12th 9:00 AM. Microsoft Apologizes – 2.5 million key limit removed!

“I know many of you had issues with the Windows 7 beta site of the last 24 hours,” Brandon LeBlanc, a Windows communications manager, wrote in a blog post. “As you may have noticed the download site has been up and running smoothly since this morning. That said, we apologize for the inconvenience that it caused some of you.”

Friday January 9th

OK, to start with there wasn’t a clear statement on when the Windows 7  Beta was going to be released or which website to go to to get it.

So at 9:00 AM I started watching the site http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/default.aspx . The site was not available for quite a while … and then came up with the message Windows 7 Beta available for public download the afternoon of January 9th.  Geez … they couldn’t be a little more specific … like eastern time or pacific time or zulu time?

I trudge on … checking the site every few minutes  … Noon eastern time passes, 1:00pm comes and goes … 2:00 PM slides on by … I’m getting excited now as 3:00 PM approaches .. so pacific time  … that makes sense right … NOPE – 3:00 PM passes and I’m still checking the site every few minutes … ARGHHH!

I keep plugging away and around 6:00 PM eastern time I notice a message on the web page:

Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal—we’re in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We’re sorry for the delay and we’ll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience.

Now I assume those guy’s and gal’s at Microsoft are pretty smart .. and they have tons of servers right … and its not too hard to add servers so I decide to keep trying … because I’m been doing this since 9:00 AM this morning and I’ll be damned if I’m going to quit  to have the beta come back up an hour later and the 2.5 million keys be gone when I try again tomorrow. 7:00PM …drags by … then 8:00 slowly ticks past … What .. is the server guy on vacation? 9:00 PM and I’m starting to get a little testy … at 10:00 PM I’m burning holes  in the shape of an X in the custom Windows 7  T-shirt I made for the occasion with my cigarette. 11:00 PM … yep you guessed it still no love from Microsoft.

I mean they could have said something … like come back tomorrow at noon pacific … instead of leaving me hanging with false hope  …

I went over to Friendfeed to see what my mentors had to say .. Paul Thurrott (my favorite tech person) was strangley quiet after his initial post about the beta availability … Chris Pirillo posted about the fail and posted a link for the direct download of the beta  http://www.lockergnome.com/griffin/2009/01/09/windows-7-public-beta-direct-download-links/ . Thanks Chris, but what we really want is an official release with the key that’s good thru August and not just the 30 day “no key” beta.

Now its 2:17 AM Saturday and NO the Beta is still not there. I’m throwing in my Mahalo towel and giving up for the night!

Paul Thurrott, I know you’re a pretty laid back guy… but I truly hope to hear you rant at least a little on the next  Windows Weekly about this whole debacle.

I’ve run the PDC Beta for a while. I like it.

Yeah I know Beta 1 is free … I already have the the Beta 1 from a direct link.

My concern is there are only 2.5 million keys and from the results yesterday its apparent they will disappear quickly … that’s what caused the “traffic jam” Friday and my complaint is about Microsoft’s handling of information …

“available the afternoon of January 9th” caused part of the problem and the vague follow up of “we’ll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience” continued it.


Opt out of everything here … Google – Yahoo targeted ads, Telemarketers, NebuAd, Credit Card offers …

With Google and Yahoo recently adding the ability to opt out of targeted ad’s this seemed an appropriate time to list some other places you can opt out.

Note that many of these work by adding an “optout cookie” to your browser. If you clear your browser cookies or they get deleted you’ll need to opt out again … so I recommend you bookmark this page.

You may want to check out a  related post on disabling snapshot inline mouse over popups while you’re here.

A few of these require a mail in form or you calling a telephone number.

Of special note are the Credit Bureaus … Equifax, Experian, and Transunion … which can opt you out of unsolicited credit card and insurance offers globally, the government DONOTCALL registry which stops telemarketers from calling you, the search engines … which probably have more information about you than anyone and the Network Advertising initiative which lets you opt out from 16 at once.

The Opt out Links

Double click Cookie Optout

Federal Trade Commission optout resources

Yahoo targeted ads optout

Google targeted ads optout

LexisNexis optout

Mozilla Optout

Verizon redirected DNS optout

Choicepoint Optout

24/7 Media Opt out

Charter Communications Optout

Microsoft Optout

Donotcall.gov Telemarketing Optout

FDIC Unsolicited credit card and insurance offers optout

NebuAd Optout

Core Metrics optout

GM Optout

Metlife Optout

AT&T non customer optout

AT&T Customer optout

HSBC Bank Optout

Vehix.com optout

Adobe.com optout

ValueClick Media optout

Sezwho.com optout

Blockbuster Optout Directions

Experian Credit Bureau Optout

Macy’s Optout

Network Advertising initiative Multiple Optouts (16)

Capital One Optout

Equifax Credit Bureau optout

Transunion Credit Bureau Optout

Mac vs PC ad war’s – from PC’s point of view – Funny – Subtle

I thought these were very clever and entertaining. The Mac vs PC ad campaign from PC’s point of view. See what you think!

PC vs Mac – “At work”! (short) This one has been viewed 474,795 times on YouTube.

PC vs Mac – “The girl”! (short) This one has been viewed 312,563 times on YouTube.

This one below is the original 15 short Mac vs PC ads that started the whole thing. (long  … about 7 minutes) This one has been viewed 236,622 times on You Tube.