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The Slacker Dreads MS Windows Service Packs

Back in the dark ages of my computering life. I used an operating system known as Microsoft Windows®. I still occasionally play around in Windows these days.

I have (had, the drive failed on me recently) an XP Pro installation on my desktop system for playing games only. It’s crippled… no networking installed at all. I also have an installation of Win 7 on my laptop. It’s just for fun and education. I’m the family computer nerd, so everyone comes to me for help. They don’t run Linux… yet. MUAHAHAHA! Anyway, I have to stay comfortable with how MS products work so I can still be helpful to the unfortunate souls still using that OS.

As some of you who know me may remember, the camel that broke the straw’s back for me with MS Windows was the fact that I had numerous catastrophic system failures due to corrupted installations of various Service Packs on XP back in ’06. The last one may have actually been a faulty Seagate hard drive, to be fair to MS. However, the last one was the last one for me. I went to Linux full time within a few days of that event.

Now, here comes a new Service Pack (#1) for my Win 7 installation. UH-OH! I’m very gun shy about Service Packs, folks. This time, though, the OS is not my primary computer tool, so what’s the worry. If it boogers up, I can just reinstall. No great loss… just more minutes of my life sucked out of existence by Microsoft. Anyway, I decided to go for it yesterday. The install was fast and painless. And best of all… the system rebooted into a working Win 7 OS. Cool, huh?

Kudos to MS. They may have finally gotten something right with this new Win 7. So, just what was Vista? XP’s Millennium Edition? Oh, wait… Vista was the beta, of course. I wonder how many folks actually paid $300 to beta test for MS on that one. All that testing paid off. Thanks beta folks! 🙂

OK, I’m outta’ here…

~Eric

NOTE: All derogatory comments regarding Microsoft and the Windows® operating system are absolutely true… er, I mean are absolutely in jest. jk, as Generation Text likes to say. Can you imagine what Evolution is going to make their childrens’ childrens’ childrens’ thumbs look like? Heh!

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.

Later…

~Eric

Image credit: enamel coffee pot ©2010 GSI Outdoors