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Windows: reboot is the cure
Posted by mcortese on Thu 17 Jul 2008 at 15:07
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A big company is distributing this bulletin to all its employees equipped with Windows PCs:

  • In order to maintain the reliability and ensure optimum performance of your PC, we will begin reminding you of the importance of "rebooting" your PC.
  • Rebooting your PC ensures critical security patches, virus protection updates and application upgrades are installed on your PC.
  • You will be reminded to reboot your PC with pop-up message notifications, to ensure that the latest upgrades are installed on your PC.
  • The pop-up message notifications will begin in mid-July, 2008 for PCs that have not been rebooted within seven days.

Nothing really new: we already knew that for Windows folks rebooting is the cure to all evils...

 

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Re: Windows: reboot is the cure
Posted by ajt (195.112.xx.xx) on Thu 17 Jul 2008 at 21:48
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What is so sad that the "reboot=fix" mentality is so ingrained that when people upgrade to Linux they bring it with them... On my Red Hat training course the mantra of the instructor was "Rebooting is a sign of weakness", they required you to fix problems without rebooting, production systems don't go down..

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"It's Not Magic, It's Work"
Adam

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Re: Windows: reboot is the cure
Posted by atrixnet (64.39.xx.xx) on Thu 17 Jul 2008 at 21:51
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who is "a big company"??

Is this just some rumor? Qualify your source, please.

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Re: Windows: reboot is the cure
Posted by Anonymous (201.20.xx.xx) on Fri 18 Jul 2008 at 00:04
Yes, this sort of thing DOES happen to big companies. I've worked at a huge web hosting company who had such policies...

The sad part, is that I've seen this sort of restart policy being extended to Linux servers... It seems that the win-crap layer is so tick, people are forgetting about trusted computing and reliability matters, even when it is available, at the cost of a good employee of course.

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Re: Windows: reboot is the cure
Posted by suspended user ido50 (89.139.xx.xx) on Sun 27 Jul 2008 at 21:49
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Windows installing updates while shutting itself done is an amazingly stupid thing. When I shut down my computer, I expect it to shut down, and not start a 15 minute adventure of installing security updates. Can't figure out this "feature."

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Re: Windows: reboot is the cure
Posted by Simonft1 (160.39.xx.xx) on Thu 31 Jul 2008 at 03:07
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The bad thing is, this is true. Working on windows computers most of the time, they will get moody if they are not rebooted and start to act strange. A reboot will fix this most of the time. When I started using ubuntu, I kept rebooting every so often until I realized I did not have to.

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