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If I'm not prompted for updates, I'll keep going forever without rebooting, but I want to be notified of updates as soon as they're available - turning off the update service would leave me in the dark.
I often find myself managing a lot of systems, with users I can't vouch for. So I tend to keep up with updates, even though the likelihood that I need them right now is pretty low. However, that's not the case with for the systems I look after. If any of those machines get owned, at least I know it's not going to be through some exploit that was already fixed days/weeks/months ago.
When you ask me if I want to restart my machine and I say "no thanks: later is better"
You do realise that they only give you this 'choice' because somebody somewhere wrote almost exactly the same post as this eons ago, right? They don't actually want you to get above yourself and actually take it. Would have thought a man of your standing would have known that by now!
Windows is rapidly devolving as an OS on which to do development (even for Windows). It's been evolving into a some sort of an OS for the masses, especially since the advent of Metro. I'm still on W7 and VS2012, which seems like the last of the stable releases. Sure, I have a VM with W10 and VS2015, but I don't do any real work on that.
I think the whole point of Windows is that it's an OS for the masses.
Marc Clifton wrote:
have a VM with W10 and VS2015, but I don't do any real work on that
How come? What's blocking you?
I'm actually OK with Win10. It's a far cry from Win8, and seemingly faster, more polished than 7 (though it still has masses of Win7 - in fact Win95 - leftovers that need to be better integrated).
I tried moving to MacOS but if you want to talk about devolving then we could go on for hours about that. I take particular offense at certain Apple execs claiming Apple's OS bugs seem bigger than they are because more people use MacOS now. If a bug occurs in a forest and no one screams...?
Ubuntu is the sh-t, it helps preserving your mental health. Granted, my customers are using Windows, so I have to develop for it. So I bought VMWare Workstation for Linux and use a lot of Windows VMs. That way I can minimise my exposure to Windows.
Developing in Windows nowadays feels like being stuck in the sewers and waiting for someone to flush their toilet, an altogether not pleasant experience.
I don't like to upset my development environment with a whole new OS, so what I'll usually do is wait until my hardware gets a little stale and then buy a whole new desktop / laptop. Since I recently purchased a nice laptop but opted for W7, I'm not ready yet to upgrade the hardware, so I'll wait.
Besides, reading the posts here, it seems VS2015 has some significant problems, and W10 is still hit or miss for folks.
Chris Maunder wrote:
I've got Debian and Ubuntu VM's. I haven't found a GUI desktop that I like, they're all clunky. If JetBrains made an IDE for C#, that might change things.