Windows Is Broken
This is an out-of-schedule post, but I had this itch that demanded to be scratched.
There was a time when I looked forward to Windows updates. It was a time when you could expect bug fixes (if they existed) and even some new features, which were normally pretty good. Nowadays, new features mean “maybe this will work”, and “the new features pushed out the last time may have been fixed”. It’s a toss-up.
Microsoft has gotten itself in a real bind here. Its customers no longer trust that it is able to provide an update that isn’t downright scary. And they can’t seem to get their naming conventions up to speed, either. 1809? Really? 1809 is supposed to mean September 2018, not maybe October. 1809 was pushed out in late October, then yanked because it was infested with severe bugs. And I’m not kidding when I say “severe”. Deleting personal data goes beyond the pale. File management, after all, is something an operating system should excel at. Don’t get me started about an operating system called Windows not being able to properly manage windows. That’s for another rant… another day…
(I actually use a third-party utility to manage windows in a system called Windows!)
In case MS hasn’t noticed, I am here to inform them that it is now November (1811). Frankly, it pleases me that this update is collecting dust — twice a year is too often and it has become obvious that MS can’t maintain this pace — and not with any certainty of being a finished product when it does arrive. If anything can be said in their favor, it’s somewhat free. You get what you pay for, I guess.
The only advice I can offer at this stage of the game, dear reader, is to avoid updating to the misnamed 1809 debacle until several millions of people have tried it and whose machines haven’t exploded in the process. If for some inexplicable reason you can’t resist clicking that “Check for updates” button, then I implore you to make a backup first. You might be thanking me later. As usual, there is no good reason to update, and I use the term loosely, a product for new features that nobody cares about anyway. Heck! They don’t have the old, new features working yet.
The problem with all those Insider rings — the Fast Ring, the Slow Ring, the Preview Ring, and the Skip Ahead ring-a-ding thing — is that these poor unpaid “testers” are not skilled in the art of actual testing. They will send in thousands (millions?) of complaints about a color they don’t like, but won’t address an issue with a printer that no longer works. And even if they do, Microsoft seems to be ignoring them. I only have to point to the recent, devastating file deletion problem to bear witness for me. Yes, many reported this issue well before the 1809 update was rolled out, and MS apparently turned a deaf ear.
The main point of this obvious rant is to implore Microsoft to stop with the new features, already. Get everything working as it is. Now. Only then should you consider moving on to new stuff. And when you do, get it right, before you publish it.
End of Rant
FYI – I don’t plan to update to 1809 anytime soon.
I’m tired. I think I’ll make a nice cup of tea and fire up a movie. It’s tuck-tuck time,