During this week, I’ve encountered some computer problems and I just felt the need to share my frustration. And in all fairness, I have one hate about Apple and one about Microsoft; you decide which one was worst. 🙂
Apple MacBook Pro sleep annoyance
At home I use a MacBook Pro. Overall, a wonderful machine and I like Mac OS X more and more. However, as with almost all products, not everything works as supposed to. When working with it, I usually just close the lid when I’m done and let it go into sleep mode. However, a lot of people have had various problems with the sleep functionality on MacBook Pros, so the other week Apple issued a firmware update.
Naturally, I downloaded it and thought no more about. Until the other night, that is. I closed the lid and it just wouldn’t go to sleep. I cursed, and tried again. No luck. I cursed some more, tried yet another time, but it just didn’t work. It did, however, work just fine if I chose Sleep from the Apple menu.
So, I Googled around for it and found lots of people with the same problem (of course). A result of this is that I started to have doubts if it was configured correctly, if I should follow people suggestions for going into the Terminal and write “sudo fix-this-fucking-shit -i” etc. In the end, though, I went with just restarting the computer and open the exact same applications and documents to see if it in any way was application-related. Of course, sleep worked just fine when I closed the lid after a restart …
Seriously, how hard is it to make such functionality work?
Windows Update, I hate you
At work, I have a Dell laptop that I’m doing all my work on, and it is set to automatically get updates from Windows Update and install them. The other day, it did just that and after the installation was done, it said that I had to restart the computer for the changes to take effect (it seems with Windows that, like, as soon as I move an icon, I have to restart the f**ker…). The two options in that dialog was “Restart now” and “Restart later”, where I opted for “Restart later”.
What’s annoying about this is that it keeps reminding you with a set interval, like I forgot or something, and there’s no way to turn this off. Anyway, I had to go into a meeting so I locked the computer. When I got back from it, I saw that the computer had restarted. Apparently, if you have a pending update you have just performed, which needs a restart, it will automatically restart if you lock the computer. What the hell! I had about 20 programs open with lots of different setups, documents being edited and so on.
I genuinely hate the Microsoft “don’t worry, we know what’s best for you”-behavior that is becoming more and more common in their programs. Maybe it’s like that because a majority of Windows users are computer illiterates, and that’s fine, but please offer more advanced options for more tech-savvy people.
So, those were my computer hates for this week. What were yours?