Jul 17, 2011


I was suddenly awakened by music at 3:00 AM. Was it the telephone? No. Was it the doorbell? No. Cellphone? No. I bolted upright to clear my head. It was the computer. Even though I had turned the computer to sleep mode, it didn't sleep. It was waiting. Plotting. Scheming. When 3:00 AM came, it woke up and installed a Windows Update. Since my speakers were on high, the sound of my computer restarting woke up the whole neighborhood. I was so furious, I couldn't go back to sleep.

What Nimrod at Microsoft sets the automatic install feature to go off at 3:00 in the morning? Maybe Microsoft programmers love to sleep to the sound of Windows sounds, but frankly, I find them annoying. They're even more annoying when I'm sleeping. The sad thing is that the computer ended up doing this for at least two more nights before I had a chance to find out how to stop it.

The fix was simple. I changed the 'install updates' time from 3:00 AM to 5:00 AM. I also turn off my speakers when I turn off the computer. That works fine except I just found another glitch. You see, I do most of my writing early in the morning when my mind is fresh. But this morning when I awoke, my computer was still installing an update. After waiting over an hour, it only just completed. I am now staring at a popup window that states "Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is now installed". Oh my computer is so proud of itself!

Of course, all of this is Adam and Eve's fault. When these two were kicked out of the Garden of Eden, God placed the wages of sin on them. For Eve, it was that she would have pain in childbirth and have Bad Hair Days and for Adam it was to toil in the fields. Except these days we don't toil in the fields. We put up with Microsoft Windows Updates! It's the same thing. So don't blame Microsoft. They're just following God's commands.

Of course on the last day, the trumpet shall sound and all of us will reboot. We'll be given a fresh new operating system that will never need updating. (And no, it's not MacOS!) It's the same operating system that God wrote for mankind before the fall. But while the price is out of our range, Jesus bought and purchased it for us. And someday He'll install it and we will never have to deal with Microsoft again.


Pastor David Hook

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