I'm on the "toy computer" (a Raspberry Pi B+) this morning, because at shutdown last night, my desktop offered "Update and shut down," "...and restart" and "...later" as options. I'd read earlier that there are apparently some big, sneaky holes in the system architecture and Microsoft is frantic to patch them.
Okay, then. Has to be done. But after this morning's boot-up, my desktop has spent the last ten minutes with the Window 10 "blue window" logo and a spinning wheel of dots on the screen. It's lovely, Microsoft, but why didn't you do that last night?
The Surface is probably going to want to do this today and unless the update has bricked my machine, I'll park it on a corner of my desk at work and let it get down with itself; and likewise my other backup, a skinny (and now outdated) Acer laptop that I picked up cheap a few years ago.
If I didn't have the Pi and the very used MacBook,* this would be a lot more annoying! As it is, well, Microsoft is going to make a Linux user out of me yet, and/or drive me into the arms of Big Brother Apple.
...And we're now at fifteen minutes of "I'm thinking about it" from the desktop -- if only it was as amusing as Milton Berle!
* I'd include the iPad, but I still haven't knuckled under and subscribed to Word for IOS. You can't just buy it, as far as I know, and the monthly fee is slightly non-trivial. Being able to hand off documents between platforms and edit them easily is a large part of the usefulness of my computers, though. Like my desktop -- presently at the twenty minute mark without ETA! -- I'm still thinking about it.
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