"Should we be allowed to swear and curse on this site? Hell, yes!"
H*ll no! Swearing usually allows debates and arguments to drop into pure insulting matches where no meaningful reasons are given for viewpoints, when wise people argue they do so with logic, facts, theories, suggestions and concepts not with fury, rage, effing and bleeping. Swearing usually acts as an excuse not to think of reasons for an argument and just to stick solidly to an opinion without thinking.
"'You have 28 updates to install, please do not shut down your computer.'"
There is a solution to this, you don't need to do it during initial installation, just ensure that once the computer is initially up and running you set updates to "check automatically but let me choose when to download and install them". That way you would have logged off to see a tiny prompt in the logon screen saying something to the effect of "there are new updates ready for your machine, next time you log on you can look over them and chhose which to install". That way you just make sure to do a manual check every tuesday evening and wednesday as well, then when you do see updates have arrived you can deselect any you really don't want (KB2871389 if you are in windows 8) and wait until a time that suits you to install those you do want (basically the security ones). If you check weekly updates won't pile up too much, although these days there are more being released per month than in the past so 28 updates is less than two months worth. With this done you can make sure never to run a process which may either take time or trigger problems when you have important things to do shortly afterwards.
" shiny new Internet explorer 11"
Shiny as it might be it is bettered by firefox or chrome in terms of: speed, functionality, security, options that a user can set, reliability. I used to use it on my xp machine back in 2011, then one day i updated google earth and google bundled chrome with it, well i tried chrome and my browsing went from a crash every few minutes to a smooth and fast experience. I learnt of firefox a few years later and having been using it recently because of the security advantages it can offer with a careful choice of extensions.
" I think it was the 'Browser Choice' update that may have screwed things up."
Unlikely, i remember when i got that on my xp machine back in 2009 (ish), all it did was show a one-off pop up window saying something to the tune of "these are some alternative choices for browsers, if you want to download any of them follow the links, if you do't then close this little window and you need think no more of it". I don't think that update would do anything to alter deep and important system settings so i'm not sure how it could cause problems. If you had known you didn't want the browser choice update then "check automatically but ask me before dowmload" would have allowed you to avoid that update(and turn the system off quickly to reboot and deal with the updates when you got home.
"What do you think of Microsoft?"
Sometimes they do underhand things but THIS isn't really one of them. There were many ways to have prevented this "problem" and leaving your computer turned on when you left the house so it could finish shutting down in it's own time would have done no harm. If any of the 28 updates that were installed are causing you irritation or annoyance it is not hard to remove the particular one that is giving the issue and return the system to the way it was before updating.
"the EU, the people that insisted on a specification for the shape of bananas"
I know about that affair, stupid and wasteful bureacracy but the EU itself is not the problem. the whole idea of the EU is a pretty wise one, speaking as an englishman myself all i think is that we've let our country go TOO far in. We should collaborate with europe on many joint projects and work together in common external goals(and freedom of movement and trade is also a pretty good thing), all Britain needs to do is say "we'll keep working with you but we aren't letting you decide our internal laws". International collaboration is a good thing and it is an oversimplification to see the EU as an "in" OR "out" affair, there are different levels of in and somewhere on that scale (rather than at either of it's ends) sits the rational choice. Bureaucracy in general is a bad thing but it's not just the EU which is affected, and insisting on a usually unintrusive little window that just gives the user a list of other browsers ranks at zero on the scale of bad things done by bureaucrats.
p.s. raptorman, i rather like some of the metaphor's you've used. Loads of good newspaper columnists come up with similar things, makes for some funny reading. Perhaps you are applying to be the next Jermey Clarkson, one way or another i think you might have some talent for writing witty rants.
Edited by rp88, 12 December 2014 - 09:46 PM.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB