I have to work with Microsoft products on a daily basis. It’s an unavoidable part of my job. This wouldn’t be a problem though if Microsoft products actually worked in such a way that made them useful. Yet Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, seem to go out of their way to make their products as useless and aggravating as possible.
Now, I’m not one to complain (as you know) but when I’m working I expect some basic levels of performance from my PC. One of the things I expect my PC to do is to NOT switch off while I’m using it. This is annoying, and somewhat counterproductive towards my working day.
Yet Microsoft believe that a computer that turns itself off is somehow beneficial to people. This morning I had this message on my screen while I was in the middle of a lengthy task
Note the ‘restart later’ button is greyed out. This means I have two options. Switch the PC off now and lose everything, or try to save what I’m doing quickly while the PC counts down its ‘death clock’ before shutting itself off.
What possible use is this to anyone? Had I left the PC performing a task, such as a macro in PhotoShop or a process in Premier I would have lost the files.
How in the name of anything that’s holy can this be useful? Imagine if Microsoft made flight control systems for pilots. You’re at 20,000 feet on a flight to New York and the plane decides you’ve four minutes to get your affairs in order before it reboots.
Microsoft are idiots.
Before anyone mentions it, I can’t change this in the control panel as I don’t have Admin access.