By | February 13, 2018

Updating software these days is really dangerous.

Chances are, the update will remove necessary functionality, not notify you about the change at all, or with evident disdain inform you that it’s “for your own good.” Or it will install spyware (like Pocket and embedded ads on Firefox) or actual malware that gets to data-thievin’.

There is almost no case where an upgrade improves anything these days.

Now, we’re back to around 1992 levels of usability of software. Peak usability was around 2007 or so. Then, OSes and applications didn’t restrict you overly much. There were only a few hurdles to jump to make things work as one wanted them to function. Customization was easy and possible. Developers wished to help users be productive, rather than restrict them to the One True WayTM (always the developer’s way, of course) of doing things.

If I could use Windows 7 or any major Linux distro from 2007 with Firefox before the 4.0 transition forever, with security updates and have them work with modern technologies, I would. It’s the only environment that cared about me as a user and allowed me to work without obstruction.

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