On windows 10 updating.
Yesterday, my mum asked if Windows 10 had changed. I said no, I hadn't read anything. I was on my computer at the time and, honestly, I didn't even google to see if something in fact had happened. Well, today, I've turned my computer on and was welcomed with the all too informal windows text informing me that a few updated had taken place. Well, I thought. Mum wasn't wrong. And I dug around, read some news articles, and deduced that really, for me, none of these changes mattered. But, the further I looked, the more I saw the significance of this update, the Windows 10 anniversary update.
The shop application had been re-pinned in my task bar. The new tablet mode had a little advertisment for an app that used touch features. Cortana was asking, (again) for permission to log everything.
None of this stuff really bothers me. It's all the meta stuff that bothers me about this update. I wasn't warned about this update (yeah yeah. from windows.) and yet here it was. Now, of course, I knew the way that Windows had decided to approach windows 10, I'd read about the whole update deal a year ago. But this is when it really struck me how significant it is. Windows can entirely change the software I rely on overnight.
Now, this is completely off topic, but I wanted to mention it's similarity to another idea I've been pondering. This'll sound weird, but it's about conversations, and the meta aspect to them. Every day, we have conversations, and these conversations take up the space of our mind in those moments. We think about what to say, we remember things, etc etc. But I personally think there is real value in understanding the meta of conversations, just as it is important to understand the meta, or why, or whatever you want to call it, behind windows update. Why am I talking to this person? What led to this point?
If I ask, "what do you think about America", the way you respond can tell me alot, if I look at in from a meta angle. You might say, "guns!" or "trump" or, you might say "My first trip overseas was there" or "freedom!". My point is, sometimes how someone responds to the question can go much further than the words and tone they use. You can find out if someone is interested in politics through that question. If someone likes to tell stories. If they like to question ideas.
How someone responds to a question means just as much as the words they use. People can tackle questions any way they like, why they chose it matters just as much as what they say.
Windows can change their updating scheme to be automatic and quiet. This might not mean much, until you questions why, what this means, and how it might affect you.
I'm really considering not publishing this. It shows a really weird side to me.