Saturday morning is time to finish up my grocery shopping list. To ensure the very best prices I need to check with Safeway.com's Just-for-U, which gives me the warm cozy feeling that I am saving money and doing something right for a change.
So. Pull down the laptop and fire that sucker up.
Spinning ball bearings. Spinning ball bearings that occasionally stop and start spinning again.
What's taking this thing so long? Let's find out. Ctrl-Alt-Delete. No immediate response. Eventually the little menu comes up and I click on Task Manager. No immediate response.
Finally a pale small empty window labeled Task Manager comes up. Overlaid on it is a message that Task Manager Is Not Responding. In fact, Windows, NOTHING is responding.
Yes at last Task Manager does respond, and I close things like HP Support Services and Chrome update and such. Great. All settled down. Now I can browse Safeway.com.
And I think: "If I worked for a company that had Windows as an employee, I would agitate to get Windows fired ASAP."
It is true: Windows is that rude clerk. You know the kind. You go into Home Depot to get the kind of exterior caulk that you can paint over. Like everything else these days, the labels have all changed from what they looked like when you bought it last year, because New! and IMPROVED! or something.
So you see a clerk. Two clerks in fact, yucking it up about something. I walk up to within striking distance and announce that I have a question.
He turns slightly. The mouth opens slightly. The eyelids close slightly. Then he turns back to his co-worker and finishes what he was saying. They both laugh. I get the impression that he had finished with, "See? This guy? He's just what I was talkin' 'bout. Heh."
Then oh so slowly he three-quarters faces me and puts on a sarcastic version of his work face.
That's Windows. Windows is that guy. Like I'm interrupting Windows' precious time by wanting to actually use my computer for a non-Windows-sanctioned function.
Some day, Windows. Some day I'm about decided I'm gonna hafta just Linux this thing. Then you'll be sorry. But then, given the limitations and learning curve, I know I'm gonna be sorry too.
But it will be a satisfying kind of sorry.