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Microsoft’s Tyranny: Weekly at 3:30 A.M., Eastern Time

Written by Gary North on October 15, 2014

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.

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9 thoughts on “Microsoft’s Tyranny: Weekly at 3:30 A.M., Eastern Time

  1. Tony Nobaloney says:

    Why don't you just set your updates so you can download them at your convenience? You should review them anyway before installing because there are quite a few most people don't need.

  2. Michael Maxwell says:

    I understand your frustration with the arbitrary allocation of resources and reboots associated with Microsoft's update process, however it is very configurable on all versions of Windows. I use "Download updates, but let me choose whether to install them" and am never bothered with the surprise reboot. You will find the setting in Control Panel – Windows Update

  3. Switch to Ubuntu.

  4. Cliffystones says:

    Quit using Microcrock products like I did over a decade ago. Problem solved.

  5. I did that about a decade and a half ago. I cnnot stand the mindset and values of Gates and his geeks. My computer being automatically upgraded and rebooted at someone else's whim? No thanks. Its like having a constant nanny in your office. I can manage my own content and OS quite nicely, thanks ever so much.Butt out Billy.

  6. Get a Mac!

  7. I've had the experience of using a Toughbook in the Command vehicle while commanding a working structure fire when my computer simply started updating and restarted, wiping out all of the CAD, premise and safety information on my screen. I won't ever use an MS operating system again. Sadly, due to its prevalence, I have to use MS Office when dealing with clients. Otherwise, I'd be completely done with them.

  8. You might try LibreOffice as a replacement for MS Office. It works quite well for me.

    USMC 1970-1974

  9. Wait until Windows 10: Threshold (woo!). That will be the last OS you can load on your own pc. After that everything will be cloud-based, the Windows OS plus all your files and folders. Your pc will be reduced to a “content delivery system”, you will have to put all your private personal data on MS’s servers and will simply pay a monthly access fee to visit your stuff.