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October 16th, 2004

The Worst Thing About Computers

I’ve been using computers for 21 years now (Ryan’s been doing this since the ’40s) and I’ve seen a lot of changes in the ways computers work and, well, not work. I know there’s one thing I really dislike about computers, though.

Rebooting.

More than any other activity, this is the one that gets my goat the most because on my work PC it takes a damned long time. Come on, it’s 2004 and computers still take a long time to boot? Why the hell do we have to reboot at all? OS X, you’re guilty of this too – but your startup time is lower.

I think the second thing on my hitlist is Windows Update. Really now, downloading a huge update in the background and then prompting me incessantly to reboot my computer is a bit much. You want real advances in computers? Design a system that doesn’t need to be rebooted unless something goes horribly, terribly wrong (ie, nuclear war) – or design a system that reboots in a matter of seconds, not minutes.

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