Happy Windows 10 Day!
If you have not already upgraded to Windows 10 by now, good luck. There are plenty of problems, and many people are simply losing their minds over it. I get it. I've been a Windows guy ever since I started working with computers. I'm by no means an Apple fan, and hopefully, never will be. It's funny to me how you can match up the versions of Windows to a period in your own life.
I start with Windows 95 because that was my first operating system, and that's when (I think) Windows started gaining some notoriety.
Windows 95 - Infancy. The world views you as cute and appealing. You view the world as a shiney new object and can't wait to learn more. You're so young, however, that no one cares that you still eat your boogers and poop your pants....It's endearing.
Windows 98 - The 7-10 year old kid. You've learned more and can somewhat communicate in the world. People can see that you've grown up, but you still make plenty of mistakes, and thus, no one really expects much of you.
Windows 2000 - Welcome to adolescence and all its glory. You've learned from all your mistakes and you feel like taking on more of the world. You show great promise and everyone sees great potential in you. You can do great things. You will do great things. Then....
Windows Me - You hit your awkward phase. Everyone knows what I'm talking about. Your face breaks out in pimples, your voice cracks, and things start changing. Everything goes sideways and in a hurry. Where you had great potential only weeks ago, now you've realized that the opposite sex is fun to be around and you're questioning everything in your life. You have your first relationship. It ends badly. Very badly. Now everyone at school is talking behind your back. Everyone that was once looking at you as someone with great potential, now avoids being around you because you've transformed into a poorly dressed, squeaky-voiced, pimple-faced gargoyle that can't even handle simple tasks. Your future is bleak and people are hoping for anything that's a better version of you.
Windows XP - You've made it to college. We really weren't sure you would make it this far, but that promise the world once saw in you is back. You're by far the best version of yourself, and the world can see that. Sure, some things (updates & service packs) happen and things go sideways for a bit, but you always seem to make the right decision. Despite changing your major 5 times, and going through countless failed relationships, things are looking up. So much so, you decide to stay in college....for a long time. Everyone knows and loves you, but you are perfect in the eyes of many people. You hear this a lot, but "I wish I could stay in college forever". Trust me, you'll be wishing you could go back to college pretty soon....
Windows Vista - So you're out of college and you've set out into the world. This is when you think you're ready to become an adult. You start making some bad decisions. First, you buy that car you can't afford. Then, you buy an apartment that's too expensive. You spend your weekends wishing you were back in college and spending too much money drinking bad booze and paying for it the next morning. You're an entry level professional, and while no one really expects much from you, you still manage to disappoint. Everything you touch turns to crap. You really wish you could go back to college. Everyone that meets you now pretty much resents you. You have a hard time making friends, and even your college buddies don't like being around you now. You've changed, and not for the better. You need to do something to get out of this funk. People hate you.
Windows 7 - Finally, a new job comes along. You meet the right significant other, get married, and things in your life start to click. You've become an adult. While you're still young, this is the equivalent of your late 20's to early 30s. You've established a 401K and are making sound decisions. Things are looking up!
Windows 8 - Why did you just change jobs?! You had everything you needed out of life? You took a job that you thought paid more money and came with a flashy new title. Instead, the new title and the perks turned out to be a complete lie. Your head is clouded because you've spent most of the night up with a screaming baby and you can't seem to do anything right. Sure, everything looks and feels different, and that's what you thought you wanted....but it really isn't. Apparently, you don't handle change well and neither do the people around you. This new job sucks. How could you make such a mistake when things were going so well?
Windows 8.1 - You get promoted at the job you hate. The good news is that a lot of what you liked about your first job is now included in the "perks" of this job. The bad is that you realize this is the path forward for you in your life. You can't go back to college, no matter how much you wish you could. The glory days are gone. Instead, you now have 2 screaming babies at home and thankfully, most of the people that know you now, did not know you in college. Your new reputation is built upon your successes in your first "real job", but people are starting to believe in you again.
Windows 10 - I guess we'll have to wait and see....
On to trivia.... thanks to everyone that showed up and played. Congrats to the Mouseaholics on their sweep of the night. Good luck with Windows 10, and we'll see you next week. Don't forget, Harry Potter Trivia Night is coming up August, 31 (that's a Monday). Mark it on your calendars!