And so it happened again yesterday. I dutifully installed the monthly Patch Tuesday updates to Windows, and today I spotted two anomalies.
First, a popup window (presumably aligned with a specific application, yet curiously not mentioned) advises me that (quote) "No connection to the Internet currently exists. Would you like to work offline, or Try Again?"
Second, my email client has been randomly reset to Microsoft Outlook (which I do not use). This means that forking an email to a random friend will now fail, until I find the quasi-obscure setting which allows me to redefine my desired application.
Future reminder: start Internet Explorer. Find the menu: Tools/Internet Options/Programs/Email and flip the mail client, then [Apply].You'd think after doing this for 20+ years, the programmers at Microsoft would have settled on a methodology which precluded such things from happening, but .. that's not the case.
Reconfiguring the email client won't take terribly long; I suspect Microsoft does this periodically to remind me that They are in control of my computer, and not me. The popup that advises of a lost Internet connection will take longer to troubleshoot. Maybe by February's Patch Tuesday, when things start breaking again?
worth a read: So, having an honest debate on the issues is "giving aid and comfort to the enemy"? (in the I Couldn't Have Said It Better Myself Department)Well, now I have to write a preso (don't ask) for delivery in the morning. In the interim, I updated the Sundry on Thursday blog, which should keep you occupied for a few hours ...