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If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
Could be an element of truth to that, strange as it may seem.
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine" - random QA comment
"Facebook is where you tell lies to your friends. Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers." - chriselst
"I don't drink any more... then again, I don't drink any less." - Mike Mullikins uncle
Are you sure you write to the right page Ok, maybe my eyes got that bad with the years that I don't realize it... in that case this would be the "natural ad blocker", I think I will copyright that word/phrase
It does not solve my Problem, but it answers my question
Thunderbird (my RSS reader of choice, even though it's a full email client reader and complete overkill for managing RSS feeds) decided on its own to update itself. I really wish, in hindsight, I had taken a screenshot of the message, but after it had updated itself silently, it came up with a prompt saying it needed to restart.
I don't have the exact wording (and thus the reason I wish I had taken a screenshot), but based on my decades of using PCs, it seemed pretty clear it wanted to restart the computer as it pretty much used the standard verbiage we've all seen and perhaps used ourselves. I'm not sure why it would need to restart the whole OS (it's just a self-contained client and should certainly not be replacing shared components), maybe because it couldn't cleanly replace some of its own files while it's running, which is why I usually download and install updates myself rather than let it handle updates on its own...
Anyway. I made sure I had saved everything, shut down a few apps, then went back to Thunderbird to tell it to go ahead. So it restarted itself. And only itself. And was done. No need to restart the whole computer, so...great? But in hindsight, that was a really poorly worded, misleading message.
Not having to restart a computer after an application update should be pretty much taken for granted, so good on them for not making it a requirement. But it's a sad state of affairs when you've been trained to expect full reboots so if a message has any amount of ambiguity, you take for granted your system will be rebooted once again...
Please, if you're going to prompt the user for anything, make sure your messages are clear...
I suppose the opposite situation is even worse...I've seen apps restart the whole system after approving a vague prompt that I didn't realize was about to shut everything down...
Be happy that it's getting better. I'm still amused by things needing to restart unless they're major updates. I could write an article about stuff we had at Nortel when I joined in 1981. The timeline was something like
Modula-like language by 1981
in-service patching by 1981
email similar to what exists today by 1982
software library by 1981 that was synchronized across development sites by 1986
Nortel never saw itself as being in a software business, so they never tried to productize this stuff. If they had, history might have been rather different, because those things weren't commercially available for a long time.