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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Ultimate Update Day

Today was one of those ultimate update days. When I went to shut down my PC laptop with Windows 8, I had 43 Microsoft updates. I am not exaggerating. Of course, as usual, I was threatened with imprisonment and immediate execution if I turned off my machine in the middle of the update. But I did anyway because I had to leave to teach a class. At the same time, I was trying to update and install all my apps on my new iPad Air and at the same time update Parallels Desktop on two computers and also adding in Apple's new Maverick Operating System (OS X 10.9). All in all, I spent about three or four hours doing not much more than staring at computer screens and waiting to get my hostage-held computers back.

Now, what does this have to do with genealogy? Simple. I can't write while my computers are playing hosts to the legions of updates. I do have two more computers to use, so I really wasn't as disabled as I am trying to make it out, but both of those computers are not useful for working on the Web.

I am sure you are saying now, as we commonly have in past, "life is tough and then you die." How serious are computer upgrades in the whole scheme of things that are important in life? Well the weather is nice and had I not been glued to four computers doing updates, I might have gone outside and enjoyed the lovely Mesa Fall weather.

Of course, I am not looking for or expecting any sympathy. No one with this many devices to maintain is expecting anyone to take pity. All of this goes with the territory, it was just the perfect storm of updates all happening in the same day that decreased my usual verbose posting significantly. Oh well, they are all back working well and I should be up and writing tomorrow.

1 comment:

  1. I was tired of my computers taking so long to shut down and sometimes the updates would go on and on or would crash the computer. So I disabled the updates. Its been six years and my computers still work as fine as the day I bought them.

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