Time Vampire of the Week: Updates

Ever damn piece of software I own, use, or am forced to tolerate decided it needed a lengthy upgrade this week.




Normally, this is a minor annoyance about which I swear briefly, then move on.  But not this week, oh no.  This week the updates have all been long, slow, interfered with my attempts to shut down quickly, and generally made my life a living hell.

I timed it yesterday–I spent 20 minutes on Windows updates (the price I pay for rarely rebooting).  And this when I really just wanted to try and get in to check on an e-mail attachment before I went to work, so I wouldn’t have to look at it on my phone.  After 20 minutes I gave up.  I couldn’t spare more time.

And iTunes.  43 minutes.  To add insult to injury?  That update actually failed for some reason.  Which doesn’t matter because even if it had succeeded, it would still have wanted me to update today because apparently Apple has coders working 24/7/365 on iTunes crap.  It’s actually rare I open the program much anymore because I got so tired of the constant prompt to upgrade.

Adobe wanted to update flash or the reader or something.  And Java, as usual, popped up a damn request to update too.

It’s a bloody miracle I got anything done this week other that waiting on patches to download and install.

2 Responses to “Time Vampire of the Week: Updates”

  1. Christina says:

    At work, we don’t have admin rights on our computers, so we can’t download updates. Which means that Java and Adobe helpfully let me know that thye have updates to download ALL. THE. TIME. and I can’t do anything about it. IT only downloads Windows updates when they’re critical. Plus I can’t have Firefox.

    • Cammy says:

      I hear that. My work computer is the same. All Microsoft, all the time and absolutely no control over the machine itself….and that damn Adobe message is my daily reminder that all of our IT is ON MY LIST.

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