Microsoft once again displays its lunacy

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.

Darren Jamieson, aka MrDaz, is the Technical Director and co-founder of Engage Web and has been working online in a career spanning two decades. His first website was built in 1998 and is still live today.

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4 thoughts on “Microsoft once again displays its lunacy”

  1. You have a Narcoleptic OS. It’s a terrible illness. The computer software clearly contracted this harrowing illness.

    Imagine it developing Alzheimers. Hang on it does.

    Oh my God MicroSoft have developed artificial life forms that contract human illnesses . . . WOW! How do they do it?

    Hmmmm, just hope the model isn’t based on Multiple Sclerosis . . .

  2. I recently moved my work station from one end of the room to the other.
    When I switched back on the message on the screen said: “Keyboard not connected. Press F1 to continue”!

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