Computer Upgrades

July 22, 2008 | No comments yet

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By: Dennis Bates


Have you ever wondered what computer nerds and techno geeks did before they had computers to mess up? Really! What did they do? I run two computers on a network for various reasons, mostly because I can and it comes in handy sometimes.


Both computers run from Windows, but one uses XP and the other the dreaded Vista, which is the industry’s full employment act for computer technicians. In my opinion they’re never going to get that one right, or even close, for that matter. There is something to be updated or fixed several times a week.


Even the now reliable XP needs to be upgraded constantly and frequently throws things entirely out of whack just for good measure. For example, I have been watching XP try to install the latest upgrades for 15 minutes now and it appears it has a long way to go yet. You can’t just upgrade the software, you know. You have to upgrade the installation package, sometimes appropriately called the Installation Wizard, the maybe three other types of supporting software so that the one thing you really intended to install can finally take 30 seconds to apply itself.


I would fall back on the maxim “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” if I could, but when you try to do that, you get these annoying pop up reminders no matter how many times you try to delete and ignore them. Sooner or later they accomplish their intended purpose. They wear you down and you hit the “OK” button and begin the installation, holding your breath.


My windows upgrade is still installing itself, by the way, for those of you who are following that exciting saga. From the looks of things, it’s now almost half done.

The last time something took this long to install itself, when I was done, all my passwords needed to be reset, the defaults needed to be reset and even the fonts needed to be reset. Then, after all of that, I had to reinstall my printer. It seems the new, improved version of the operating system had something against the printer (even though the same company made both), and it refused to recognize or talk to Mr. Printer.


I have yet to see the benefits of the upgraded system, by the way, but then, who am I but one of the millions of users (sometimes called customers) who were perfectly fine with the old system, and actually had finally gotten used to it. It did everything I needed it to, and once all the bugs were eradicated, it worked, so obviously it was time to change it. After all we can’t afford to have the users of these products understand them.


I think it’s just this simple: computer types get bored easily and just have far too much time on their hands, so they sit around day and night trying to figure out how to mess with us by changing something that works just fine. And don’t get me started on why there needs to be seven different ways to do each task. One that works is all I need. I am here to use the computer, not become best friends with it.


In a way, isn’t this the same thing we do in our churches when it comes to God?  We go along fine with our services, our liturgies or our basic concept of who He is and how He relates to me in my life. He’s not broke (we may be but He isn’t) and yet we always tinker with Him, only in this case, we’re not equipped to do that.


Our God doesn’t need updates, new installation software, or seven different ways to get to Him. He just needs one: Jesus Christ, his only Son. If we believe in Him, we will have eternal life. So, if someone comes along and offers you an upgrade for a new and improved God, pass. You don’t need one, and it will only confuse things.

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