There’s an old saying about windows. It goes something like ‘when a window closes, another opens’ or a door opens, or something – and it’s usually linked to a picture of a bunch of unicorns and rainbows or a stream with woodland creatures or something you’re supposed to like.
The idea is that there’s always good news to follow an ending of something, so we should happily embrace the ‘closed window’ because something great will happen when a new window opens.
Well, there’s one new window that keeps trying to open and I want it closed.
Frankly, I’d nail it shut if I could. I’m resisting the Windows 10 ‘upgrade’ with great effort, but the unwelcome folks at Microsoft seem to be on the other side of my computer screen pushing it open every chance they get.
It started out friendly enough; ‘Hey computer guy, how’d you like to upgrade to our new operating system for free?’. Then, after some time of ignoring them, their tactics became a bit more direct: ‘Would you like to load your new Windows 10 now or later?’. The ‘if’ part of the offer seemed to disappear.
It’s not that I’m against change – heck, I LOVE change! I have a drawer full of change.
The trouble with this particular change, however, is two-fold.
First-fold, I hate the idea of something being forced on me without my consent or permission. It just showed up one day and it won’t leave. I want to be able to decide what operating system I work with. Who are they to tell me that I need to change how my home screen looks and feels, and I sure don’t want to have to ask ‘Cortina’ where all my files went.
Full disclosure; I’ve been accused of being a control freak, demanding that things be done my way. Shocking, I know! But I don’t really need to control things…except maybe how the dishwasher is loaded, how shopping carts are driven, how groceries in those shopping carts are organized, how the grass is cut, how other people drive, grammar…really nothing at all. But my computer, my personal computer, should absolutely be controlled by me. If not my computer, then what?
The second problem is that I spent 2 years figuring out where the stupid ‘shutdown’ button is on my current operating system. What contortions will I have to go through with Windows 10? Will I have to ‘control-alt-delete’ to do anything? What other ‘new’ things will take up hours of otherwise good web-surfing time?
Why can’t I choose to keep this window closed? I’m not buying the bunnies and unicorn thing on this new window idea. This is a change for them, not me.
I can picture those pasty Seattle-tanned autobots smiling fakely at me like the Borg, telling me that ‘resistance is futile’ and ‘I will be assimilated’ into this new world of Windows 10.
But I will resist as long as possible. I will force computer shutdowns instead of allowing this evil new system to invade my safe world of Windows 8.1, risking that 1 in 100 chance that I could lose everything. No, Mr. Microsoft, I will not go quietly into the night. You can keep your new window closed, thank you very much.