As tech writers, we don't get to indulge our imagination very much.
It's just that generally speaking… in technology coverage, we don't get to mix the two. In fact, we must depend on facts… dull as that can be.
Then we try to present it to you in a fashion that you literally will not be found dead in front of your computer or device.
Cause of death obvious… tech content.
In this case, imagining is all we have.
I would imagine that somewhere out there in the Microsoft universe an MS exec, engineer or other official Microsofty is dreaming of a place where all machines and all devices ran the same hardware. The same RAM. The same hard drives, the same antivirus and so on.
You know where this going.
With this scenario… Windows Update might actually work.
I'm not going to say flawlessly because somewhere, someone will hack their system, but Microsoft Skynet will quickly identify and swiftly deal with the malcontent thereby ensuring another smooth Windows 10 update.
Of course, that would suck for users.
The Microsofties, however, could sleep well at night knowing they have once again had an extremely successful Windows update with no lost data, no gnashing of teeth, no praying, no cajoling, no threatening, no temper tantrums.
And no bad press.
Like I said… we don't get to use our imaginations much in tech coverage so this world does not and will never exist.
We all know it to be just the opposite.
From a strict layman's view, one can immediately grasp the problem of having to deal with the real world of computer hardware. A world that is as convoluted as the debris in near space. In fact, that man-made space debris is more manageable than the world's most heavily adopted operating system.
And Microsoft keeps proving this over and over with its disastrous update rollouts the past 18 months or so.
In fairness, the talent at Microsoft is nothing to scoff at.
As much as we like to bash Windows10 it is a Herculean undertaking to run so many computers around the world without breaking some here and there.
Safe to say no one in their right mind at Microsoft wants this to happen.
Again from a strict layman standpoint, I'm not sure it can be done.
At least not under the current model of updating. This includes the recent addition of more user control in the process but is the overall process a broken one?
As someone that has seen at least one new laptop and two (or it is three by now) fairly new desktops lost to Windows update, all bricked in different ways, I have real world experience with this issue.
No data was lost as I backup continually but confidence in Microsoft to not brick at least one of my computers in the next update has vanished.
So here I am, left to my imagination, thinking… nay… dreaming… of a world where Windows Update works. Where "Windows as a Pain in the Ass" actually evolves into "Windows as a Service."
Where Windows becomes an afterthought almost transparent to the user in its ability to function and stay up to date.
Where bricks are bricks and computer are computers.
In this case… imaging is all we have.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.