I play World of Warcraft. Stop judging me! Everybody needs a hobby…or two…or five.
My fantasy universe requires maintenance from time to time, as do all our disks and switches and the millions of line of code that keep us happily posting our deepest thoughts, recipes, stories of kids, or political musings.
The balance of my universe has become upset. My programs are not downloading and updating as they should, at only the quick right click of my mouse.
I blame Microsoft. For one thing, it’s just so easy. Our friendly ‘big corp’ has become so overly dominant in the operating system (for your computer, and possibly your personal-adult-battery-powered friend) market that you have to buy an Apple (who is now using an OS by Microsoft) or you can build your own machine and run Linux. Who wants to do that as a casual user?
Those days are over for me. I want to push the power button, have the pc boot up and run without any need on my part for constant maintenance and tweaking. I just want to browse the internet, blog, and play WoW. Speaking strictly of free time here…sitting time, not standing-in-the-kitchen-for-some-reason time. And I started sewing again. All of this is seriously cutting into my gaming time!
Well. That feels a little better.
All my troubles started yesterday, when Curse Client (a program which handily manages all of my little ad-on applications for WoW…and other games) had an update. I’ve been using this computer, and program to play WoW for about a year and 1/2. Everything has been hunky-dory. But suddenly, the CC update can’t find a file. CRISIS!!!
So I check the details log. It sends me poking into App Data, and looking at a MS .NET Framework file. I’m removing programs, deleting files, re-downloading… still no joy.
At lunch I took a break from playing tech support to myself to dine with my wonderful friend, Josh. He’s a grad student now, in Florida, so we only get to see him a couple of times a year. He was driving through today on his Christmas break, so Hubby and I met him for a-lunching. During the course of our conversation, I learned that MS .NET Framework is a ‘manager’ program, that updates MS Office, among other things.
I don’t even have MS Office! So why I ask you
for the love of all things sacred, WHY DO I EVEN NEED THIS PROGRAM??? And why is it f’ing up programs that I DO use?
Such are the questions that make us hate Microsoft.
Better go try another fresh install.