Windows Update - Endless Buffoonery

Summary:I never cease to be amazed, amused, entertained and disgusted.I booted Windows 7 Stupor Edition on my Samsung NF310 this morning, and I am sure that I have not done that since sometime before the latest "Patch Tuesday", so I figured that I would install the patches while I had the chance.

I never cease to be amazed, amused, entertained and disgusted.

I booted Windows 7 Stupor Edition on my Samsung NF310 this morning, and I am sure that I have not done that since sometime before the latest "Patch Tuesday", so I figured that I would install the patches while I had the chance. I went to Windows Update, Check for Updates, and after a huge amount of thrashing about, it came back and informed me that my system was up to date. That is obviously incorrect, which didn't surprise me much coming from Microsoft, so I just told it to go check again. Even more thrashing about this time, for a much longer time, and while it was struggling with that I happened to notice the icon for Windows update in the system tray. I moved the mouse to that, and it informed me that Windows was downloading updates, 81% complete... Well, at least it found them this time. I thought. But then even Windows Update managed to surprise me, which is quite a feat considering how low my opinion of it is... After quite a bit more time, the "Check for Updates" that I had started for the second time finally came back and informed me that my system was up to date!

Good work, Microsoft, you are doing a spectacularly good job. You must be so proud of yourselves, and the quality software that you produce and charge money for.

Meanwhile, as I have been typing this, the icon in the system tray popped up a balloon saying that downloads have been downloaded and are ready to install. Whether or not that is really true is anyone's guess. I won't be surprised if I go back to Windows Update and it tells me again that there are no updates to install.

jw

P.S. After I posted this, Windows Update finished installing "7 Important Updates" and demanded a reboot. I rebooted, and then went in to look at the update history. While I was doing that I noticed that the dreaded Update Icon was back in the system tray. I moved the mouse over it, and it said "1 Important Update Available"!!!! Indeed, one update that is SO important that it couldn't be installed along with those seven other "Important Updates"? Sigh. So I let it install that one update, and lo and behold, when it finished it once again demanded a reboot! Excellent, outstanding, wonderful, fantastic work, Microsoft. It makes me very glad about the title I chose for this post:

Noun 1. buffoonery - acting like a clown or buffoonbuffoonery - acting like a clown or buffoon clowning, harlequinade, japery, prank, frivolity foolery, tomfoolery, lunacy, craziness, folly, indulgence - foolish or senseless behavior

Ah, that's exactly what I meant - foolish or senseless behavior.

jw

Topics: Linux

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I started working with what we called "analog computers" in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force in 1970. After finishing military service and returning to university, I was introduced to microprocessors and machine language programming on Intel 4040 processors. After that I also worked on, operated and programmed Digital... Full Bio

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