Been There. Done That. Again.

“Maybe you’re delivering a presentation to a huge audience. Maybe you’re taking an online test. Maybe you just need to get some work done on a tight deadline.
 
Windows doesn’t care.
 
Windows will take control of your computer, force-feed it updates, and flip the reset switch automatically — and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it, once it gets started.
 
If you haven’t saved your work, it’s gone. Your browser tabs are toast. And don’t expect to use your computer again soon; depending on the speed of your drive and the size of the update, it could be anywhere from 10 minutes to well over an hour before your PC is ready for work.”
 
See Microsoft won’t fix the most frustrating thing about Windows: forced updates
Chuckle. This article gave me a flash-back to my own life in the world of TOOS (That Other Operating System) five years ago when I retired. I was giving a lecture using a machine running TOOS as a thin client. A message popped up with a 15-minute warning. I thought I could make it but I couldn’t. I talk too much, I guess. That machine was paved over with GNU/Linux at the end of the day. I needed reliable IT and that machine was the last holdout in my computer lab. It was on an audiovisual cart with a projector. I don’t know why I hadn’t paved it over previously. That proved to be a mistake but a lesson to me and my students.

Commentators here rail against my ignorance of recent versions of TOOS but the corporation that developed it still exists: nameless faceless beings who release updates at a convenient time in their time-zone which was in the middle of my working day… I’m free now thanks to Debian GNU/Linux. Amen.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Been There. Done That. Again.

  1. Kurkosdr wrote, “Still not as bad as having the awful power management of Desktop Linux.”

    Huh? The only power-management needed in many cases is on/off. I’ve seen many GNU/Linux notebooks which correctly shut off the display or hibernated when the lid was closed. TLW uses one.

  2. DrLoser wrote, “Job done.”

    Nope. XP SP3 was installed on computers at one of my schools with updates turned off. Others report instances where “10” was installed or updated without permission. Using TOOS is building one’s IT-house on sand. It can wash away in minutes.

  3. DrLoser says:

    Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Change Active Hours. Job done.

    Seems you’re just as ignorant of Microsoft Windows 10 as you have been of absolutely every preceding version of Windows, Robert. Chuckle.

  4. Kurkosdr says:

    Yup. The misfeature called the surprise-reboot when you are giving a presentation or watching pormhub is horrible. You have to know when MS will drop patches and be prepared (or at least set your connection as metered so updates are postponed). Still not as bad as having the awful power management of Desktop Linux.

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