Slightly Irritating the Borg
On the question of whether Microsoft is more like the computer network from the movie The Matrix, or more like Star Trek's the Borg conglomerate, I'd say the Borg is more apt - Microsoft doesn't hide its existence or (some) of its goals.
One of my goals in life is to irritate and annoy Evil, since fighting Evil might be overambitious. To deal with the Microsoft subset of Evil, I've recently replaced Microsoft's Internet Explorer on my home computer with Mozilla's free Firefox web browser, after reading about it in a Slate magazine article here. As the article says, Firefox offers some security protection against hacking directed at IE, and it kills pop-up windows. Using Firefox is also a good way to annoy Microsoft, I think.
So far, so good. Installing Firefox was easy, and I'm no techie. I encourage anyone to check it out. Irritate the Power!