Sometimes you just want to forget about the big issues of the day and complain about one of those little things about life at the keyboard that drives you nearly half-insane.
This is one of those times. So bear with me.
Why is it that it takes my XP machine half an eternity to shut down? Click the Start button, click Turn Off Computer, and Click Turn Off. Then wait half a year.
Is it too much to ask to have it actually shut down within fifteen or twenty seconds? Is it too much to ask that it shut down without spewing half a dozen error messages alerting me that this or that program or process doesn’t seem to want to give up the ghost?
Is it too much to ask to actually have it shut down at all, in fact? Half the time, it seems, it won’t shut down, and so I have to resort to pressing the computer’s On/Off button. And then sometimes event that doesn’t work, and I have to unplug the power cord to shut it off.
Microsoft has promised that Longhorn will fix these shutdown and startup problems. Sure it will. It’ll also solve world hunger, usher in a millennium of world peace, and answer the eternal question posed by Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye — where do the ducks in New York’s Central Park go in the winter time?
In other words, don’t hold your breath.
Ah, that feels better, now that I’ve got it off my chest.
Do you have any similar cranky complaints about the little things in Windows that drive you crazy? If so, talk back to me, below.
What drives you around the bend about Windows? Get it off your chest and let the world know. You’ll feel better for it.