After the latest oopsie revelations from Microsoft, I spent some quality time with Windows Update. Did monkeys design this thing? I’m too disgusted right now to get into a play-by-play of the brainlessness of this foul fiend from the abyss, but suffice it to say that it stands as a stellar example of creating an app that lets the user perform the task, yet at the same time manages to make it as convoluted and non-intuitive as possible.
For the love of your market share, put in a freaking check box that says “Get all updates.” Not just the critical updates, or the not-so-critical updates, or the driver updates, or whatever, but just let me get them all without clicking around like I get paid by the click.
Music: “D’you Know What I Mean?” by Oasis [Opens in iTunes]
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.