Once again, the folks at Redmond got me.
Once a week, Microsoft upgrades Microsoft-based operating systems. It does this at 3:30 A.M., Eastern time, so as not to bother most people. But it bothers me. I start writing at about 3:15.
In the good old days, Microsoft gave us a warning. We were asked to stop working. We had 10 minutes to save our work.
These days, this is considered altogether too lenient. There is now no formal warning. There is an unofficial warning. My computer starts getting slower and slower. It does not respond to simple commands on a webpage. Then everything begins to shut down.
This morning, I was working on a page on GaryNorth.com. I save regularly, so I did not lose more than about five minutes of work. But I should not have been compelled to lose any.
Those of us who have used Microsoft’s OS since IBM’s PC in 1983 have put up with this sort of thing for a long time. Microsoft’s culture is programmer-centric, not user-centric. This has led to such disasters as Windows 1.0, Vista, and Windows 8.0 and 8.1. The old line was this: “Microsoft gets it right with version 3.” This time, there will be no 8.3. There will not even be Windows 9. They are going straight to 10. They apparently have visions of Bo Derek. It is more likely to be Dudley Moore.
As the world moves to tablets and smartphones, Microsoft’s share of the market will continue to decline. It is now too late for Microsoft to catch up. But at 3:30 A.M., those of us who are dinosaurs on Windows will get our weekly reminder that Microsoft is in charge, no questions asked.