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Aug 10, 2019 08:55:42

Software updates are annoying

by @brandonwilson PATRON | 273 words | 345🔥 | 345💌

Brandon Wilson

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Time for a rant. Software updates generally suck.

Microsoft is the worst. There is nothing worse than when you are ready to sign out at the end of the day and you see the following:

Update and restart

Update and shut down


How about Shut down now and Update the next time I boot up?? Just gives me more time for coffee. Don't waste my time at the end of the day when I'm ready to check out.

Even the venerable Apple is not immune from OS update tomfoolery. This morning I sat down at the iMac focused and ready to get some work done only to see the screen go black to install updates. This is why I don't like automatic updates. Isn't the point that you update automatically on your own time so that I don't have to worry about it? Instead, wait for me to sit down to get some work done and then give me a big stiff arm with an update. So automatic updates are now turned off on the iMac. I guess I need to control it after all.

The same applies with iPhone. I used to update iOS as soon as a new version was released. Not anymore. Apple has had a spotty track record with updates, and while I can exist without a computer for awhile, the iPhone must remain operational 100% of the time. So my strategy now is I wait for at least a week. Then I update the iPad first. Take it for a spin, make sure nothing goes wrong. Only then will I update the iPhone.

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    @brandonwilson The quality of software in general seems like is in the decline, at least when it comes to operating system. Especially Apple ones.

    I used to install the new OS right away now I wait at least 6 months on my personal machine (I install it right away on my Dev machine since I need it to develop for the platform).

    I blame it to the release cycle, they want to ship one version every year and they can't keep up.

    Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Aug 10, 2019 21:34:34
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    @brandonwilson time to switch to Linux, every update is lightning fast, some minor ones are done asynchronously while you're doing your stuff, and you always choose when you want the big updates to happen :P

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Aug 10, 2019 19:00:33
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      @brandonwilson it's just another thing to learn and the distributions are really easy to use nowadays :) My 60+ yo mom has one I installed for her on her old laptop.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Aug 10, 2019 19:01:20
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      @basilesamel Sounds like a complete paradigm shift. I always wondered about this Unix/Linux. Perhaps I will explore the option at some point.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Aug 11, 2019 12:21:29
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