The Loneliness of the Long Distance Updater

Windows – like it, loath it or just use it, you can’t ignore it. And, if you are using it, you need to keep up to date with the updates. Many people are used to seeing various pop up boxes from time to time offering to update their software – a lot of the time they just get cancelled as the user has got something to get on with and doesn’t want their computer to spend the next 30 minutes spinning it’s wheels.

Laptop running Windows Updates
Laptop running Windows Updates

But the problem is that often software updates are produced in response to security holes, that are discovered, exploited and then eventually patched. There are a few items that should always be updated as soon as possible because they are often used to hack into people’s computers:

  • Windows Updates
  • Adobe Flash & Acrobat
  • Java
  • Google Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox & Thunderbird

Other programs such as open office, vlc and so on are also important to update, but these are less critical and you can probably get away with postponing these sort for a few days if you need to.

But as a regular updater – I can understand the frustration with Windows Updates – it seems to take for ever to do anything, it fails regularly for a bewildering array of reasons, it’s just generally a real pain to use. And I know that it can be done better – just look at linux. One command, and I can update every single application on my computer, all at once, none of this updating, restarting, more updates to the previous updates, restarting, service pack for the updates, restarting, security fix for the service pack, etc etc!

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