stuck wrote: ↑
19 Jun 2020, 09:53
(1) A strong desire for a stable platform. I have enough trouble already with my programming skills without things changing around me. While I think of my platform as "Win7/Office2003", applications that grab data from a Google search page might also fall prey to a slight change in page layout brought about by Google or by the browser.
On (1) are you not more likely to come up against problems because the page layout has been changed by the page author, rather than by the browser?
Hi Ken. Yes, I am more likely to find a change in a regular target page than in the browser, but then
(a) A major browser change is likely to topple target pages on other web sites I analyse and
(b) While I can't stop web site pages from changing, I can limit browser changes at my end.
(2) A generic fear that an update might not be properly tested, and that my tools will crash when I most need them. I confess to viewing the postings here and elsewhere of Win10 problems, making me more determined to stick with Win7 until Win10 settles down. This is a fear-based decision, and fear-based decisions are often wrong. Quite possibly less than 0.001% of Win10 users experience problems, but those get the press and news media.
On (2) I though this thread was about FF. As I said, I can’t remember the last time a FF update made the sky fall. Window 10 updates are different kettle of fish but despite the cry on the second Tuesday of each month that the sky is falling, I don’t think it does.
Yes, my main concern was with FF. Win comes in, as does Word2003 as part of the "I want a stable platform" argument.
I note with interest that after one day the poll read 6 for and 1 against automatic updates, but today it reads 6 for and 5 against, to put it crudely. There could be only eleven FF users in Eileen's Lounge, or only 11 FF users who feel qualified to vote?
However, if you’ve poked and hacked Win 10, e.g. in an attempt to make it behave like Win 7 should you not expect an update to go wrong?
Ah. But I haven't poked and hacked Win10. I haven't installed Win10. Not now. Not ever.
(Although this may change when I buy myself a new laptop!)