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While You Were Out

Posted in General at Thursday, October 14, 2004 6:40 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Ok, so you already know about how cool Google Desktop is so I won't bore you with details, but I want to make a comparision.

Today I downloaded and installed the Google Desktop, and while I was out it indexed all the files on my computer so I can search them. Cool.

Yesterday I was making dinner after I got home from work. I found the recipe I wanted to make and started working on getting the ingredients together. I put some pine nuts in the brolier to toast them and when I came back to my computer to print the recipe I found my computer was just finishing shutting itself down. I was totally confused by this and ended up burning the pine nuts to a crisp while I waited from my computer to come back up so that I could print the recipe. When it finally did I noticed a little checkbox shield icon in the tray that told me Windows had rebooted itself in order to complete an update. Very, very uncool.

The recipe turned out great, but the whole self-rebooting thing left a bad taste in my mouth. I had several things open on my computer, including a movie that I was watching which I had paused half-way through. So where does the updater get the idea it can just close all my stuff and reboot itself? What if I had a project open and I hadn't hit save yet and spent 10 minutes on a phone call?

I'm all about my computer doing stuff for me while I'm out, but I think Windows Update has taken this one too far.

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