One Minute Remaining

On March 4, 2014, in Heather Bussing, HR Technology, HRExaminer, by Heather Bussing

photo of frustrated person on learning there is one minute remaining on operating system update

But mostly, if you tell me one more time that there is “one minute remaining,” and it is really 42 minutes, I will have violent thoughts, and wish horrible things happen to you. Like drive-by bikini-waxing.

I just updated my operating system. Twice.

The first time it crashed my computer. Blinking, won’t start, crashed my computer. Luckily, I had another computer to search how to deal with it, because well, the place to find out how to fix your screwed-up-computer-that-won’t-start is — on your computer. Sigh.

I have spent the last two days (weekend days) dealing with all the changes to the way I normally do things. It has affected everything. Startup, desktop, printer, mail, and every flipping program I use.

I hate it. HATE it.

I do not want cool, new, slick tricks and toys. I want easy, functional, predictable. It’s like the difference between tight leather pants with stilettos, and ripped jeans and clogs. I want comfort.

I thought computers were supposed to save us time and energy. We were all going to lounge around, reading books and eating bonbons.

Instead, I spend a huge chunk of my work week dealing with updates, which usually involve relearning how to do the things I have to do.

Look, I understand that these updates are often to fix the things that were screwed up when program was issued. And I’m even willing to give software companies the benefit of the doubt and assume they didn’t know it was screwed up until people started having problems. Okay, I think they knew. But either way, I’m in favor of fixing it.

But really‽

Dear Software Designers:

Please don’t redesign the way I do things just because you can. You are not doing me any favors. You are pissing me off.  You are sucking up my free time and making things harder for me. Often. This costs me time and money and makes me hate you. A lot.

But mostly, if you tell me one more time that there is “one minute remaining,” and it is really 42 minutes, I will have violent thoughts, and wish horrible things happen to you. Like drive-by bikini-waxing.

Brazilian.

Stop changing the user interface and sending updates unless you absolutely have to.

And if you do, don’t change the way I work. And please send bonbons.

Love,
Heather



 

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