Developers share your pain

You know what really grinds my gears? Constant software updates.

Like many people, I have lots of digital devices that are supposed to make my life easier. I own a laptop, a desktop PC, an iPhone and an iPad that I use on a daily basis. Unfortunately, it seems like every time I sit down to use one of these devices, I’m prompted to run several updates.

Java needs to update again? Sheesh – when was the last time I even used that? Then there are continual updates for iTunes, Flash, Windows, antivirus software and on and on. Some software updates even want to install a toolbar on my browser, and if I’ve forgotten to deselect that option, I have to go through the headache of figuring out how to get rid of it.

I quite literally update Java more often than I use it. Acrobat Reader is the second worst offender, but at least it’s something I actually used on a regular basis. This is frustrating to even me – a guy who knows computers well and uses them often – so how is someone like my grandmother (who rarely uses a computer) supposed to deal with a massive backlog of updates packed with terminology and options she doesn’t understand?

This needs to be fixed.

In an effort to ease our daily headaches, at least two of our favorite technology giants are taking some steps in the right direction. With Apple, iPhone and iPad users can go to the app store and one-click “update all” without being exposed to a plethora of add-ons. And Google Chrome can now update itself behind the scenes without user interaction, allowing us to skip the maintenance in favor of actual action. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, because this is how it should be.

Here at Imaginuity we do our part to make the update circus less hassle for you. We develop all of our sites to be standards compliant, meaning that regardless of the updates you encounter in the future, our sites will continue to work as designed.

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