Update This!

It seems that I spend my life updating, upgrading, or patching stuff these days? Ever feel that way?

I never used to have to update my coffee pot or my old AM radio. It’s such a pain in the posterior area to have to update everything from my sprinkler timer to my closet mainframe. I even have to update stuff online… my software for my boards, blogs, websites, etc. Man! It seems every day I have to update something. How did it get like this?

Was it all those Patch Tuesdays that Microsoft started? Nah… we were updating stuff before MS came along. They just perfected the process. And on that note, did you ever have an update/upgrade/patch that went off without a hitch? I had a few. However, I’ve also had my share of catastrophic failures thanks to updates or patches.

As a matter of fact, there was one particular patch BOOM! that resulted in me giving up on MS Windows a few years ago. I went to GNU/Linux 100% of the time. The patch that broke the camel’s back, so to speak, was the fourth catastrophic patch failure I’d had on XP in three years. I just couldn’t take it anymore. I can’t say that Linux has behaved totally angelically either. But… But… with Linux, it’s usually mea culpa, not the damned update or patch.

I just recently got a notification that my phpBB3 software on one of my boards needs updating. Well, I’ve yet to run a phpBB3 update that did not cause me massive hair loss and gnashing of teeth. This one was no exception. “ERROR – line bla-bla of database file corrupt.” *sigh* Why bother? Is it worth all the trouble?

Unfortunately, it is worth all the trouble. Why? It’s mostly for security reasons. We patch and update because some arse 5000 miles away has found a new exploit on an otherwise perfectly running piece of software. Sadly, every time the developers release another perfectly running piece of software, the same (or another) rectal orifice will be busily working at screwing up the new version.

Times were a lot simpler before my coffee pot came with Internet access and Skype capabilities. Jeeez, man! I only wanted a cup of joe, you know.



Image credit: enamel coffee pot ©2010 GSI Outdoors

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  • the oracle  On December 13, 2010 at 08:08

    Those of us that stick to Coca-cola don’t have those troubles! [g]

    So which patch was it that killed XP for you ?

    I still use Windows but came darn close to total removal when the MS servers going down told me that my genuine-the-day-before copy was not.

    Then there was the installation of my Windows 7 x64 Steve Ballmer Signature Ultimate Edition (that I got for one of the launch parties was not genuine.

    With Microsoft it never seems to end, but I’ve learned to bear it, without any trace of a grin.

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On December 13, 2010 at 09:01

      Heh! I was always an RC Cola man, actually. ; – )

      Which patch? Oh, I don’t remember specifically. It was in the summer of ’06, though. I still run XP Pro on my desktop machine. It’s fully updated to SP3 via a downloaded patch CD. However, I keep it on a tight leash, or as I prefer to call it, “crippled”. It has no Networking installed; no access to the LAN or the Internet for my XP. It behaves wonderfully that way. I only use it to play the occasional game; S.T.A.L.K.E.R. – Call of Pripyay, currently.

      I have Win 7 installed and fully functional on my laptop. It’s pretty impressive, actually. No issues with it… yet. But, of course, I don’t use it every day. Slackware 13.1 is the primary OS on the laptop. Win 7 is just there for learning purposes.

  • Don Phinney  On December 13, 2010 at 13:01

    Oddly I find some places that updating is detrimental outside of windows, like on websites. I have had many tell me that I need to start using more flash or some other adobe product, or even more java, or java script rather than plain old html.
    I have often used perl or php on the back end, but have always kept the output plain old html 3-4 and been mocked by peers……..
    Until phones got browsers, now they all ask e how to make their sites more phone friendly…
    sometimes old can be better even in programming like the old song goes….
    “write in C, Write in C. Write in C, Write in C, Speaking words of wisdom write in C” (sung to the tune of the Beatles “Let it be”

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On December 13, 2010 at 15:03

      Hi Don,

      Thanks for reading and commenting here.

      Yeah… my website is just HTML, but that’s because I don’t know how to do any of that fancy stuff! ; – )

  • Ardelle Hilleman  On December 24, 2010 at 18:25

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    • V. T. Eric Layton  On December 24, 2010 at 20:46

      Hello Ardelle.

      Thank you for your constructive suggestions and compliments. : – )



  • Rumah Mungil yang Sehat  On December 26, 2010 at 14:28

    WOW why dont you close your comment ? Have a nice day

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On December 26, 2010 at 15:25

      You think I should? Why? Where would SPAMMERS like you post if I closed my comments?

      Thank you! You have a nice day, too. : – )

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