Captcha Craziness

Today I had the displeasure of jumping through the flaming hoops Microsoft sets up for legitimate customers to get in and download volume license software. Part of the process included those fun Captcha entries, but never before have I had entries as difficult to read as what Microshaft presented to me today.

For example:

Captcha 1Is this a trick question? Am I supposed to enter upside-down fonts (it’s possible), or am I supposed to read that second half and enter the word “about” normally? I just asked it for a new one rather than blowing a login attempt, and I was presented with:

Captcha 2Say what? I should have requested the audio translation and see what it gave me. I bet it would have been a robotic death rattle as the digital reader tried to commit seppuku. I clicked New again. Result:

Captcha 3

So much for third time’s a charm. I don’t know if it’s trying to make the character æ or if it’s just making fun of me.

After that I finally got something intelligible. Of course, then I had to go through two separate email verification processes before I finally got to the download I needed.

Thanks for wasting my time, Microsoft. This is why I love you like I do.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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