Thursday, December 7, 2017

A (non)post

Yeah, I'm overdue to post. Apart from a brief(?) rant, not gonna happen this week. Because of:
  • the wife's Windows 7 PC dying. (At least it died when sales are on.)
  • her new PC (which I picked and ordered, so I'm not blaming her), on which Windows 10 came out of the box looking nothing like Windows 10 on my PC.
  • the vendor hiding the Windows product key, and telling me I'd never need to know it. (Because nothing ever goes wrong with Windows? Or disk drives?) 
  • the absurd length of time Windows Update takes.
  • the fact PCs now ship without manuals, or even a link to where on the vendor's website to find a manual. 
  • the toner cartridge that arrived looking like it had been attacked by wolverines. 
  • the peripheral manufacturers who abandoned hardware support, rather than produce Windows 10 drivers for customers who own their products.
  • the Windows compatibility mode that wouldn't run Windows 7 drivers.
  • the disk-partitioning utility that screwed up permissions. 
  • the LAN software that ... well, that's so hosed, I'm still sorting things out.
  • the crappy excuses for keyboards PC manufacturers ship nowadays. Not everyone wants to use a tablet or touch screen!
  • the apps with opaque or nonexistent guidance on how to migrate libraries (images, audio files, and the like) to a new PC.
I could share more about my recent involuntary sysadmin experience, but I won't. You're welcome. Be back (hopefully) soon.


MikeP said...

I remember when computers were fun...or at least interesting. :)

Now they're just work.

Good luck and best wishes for the holidays!

Anonymous said...

I don't like modern keyboards either. Believe it or not, I am still using the Dell keyboard that came with my very first computer in 1999. It works great.

Edward M. Lerner said...

I don't think I've ever used a keyboard for that long, but I did find an older keyboard to recycle for my wife. She's much happier with it.

Edward M. Lerner said...

Much belated note to Mike P, if you're still watching: For whatever reason, I never got a notification email of your 12/7 comment awaiting moderation. It was misfiled by Yahoo into my spam folder, if I had to guess (see my 1/18 rant about Yahoo "services"). I only noticed the long-pending comment a few minutes ago within Blogger.

Thanks for the holiday wishes. Mine were great, and I hope yours were, too.

- Ed