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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