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I think many of us tech-folk have wondered from time to time if we're just a simulation. My thought is that if we are, the whole point of the simulation is to see how long it takes us to figure it out.
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Weird world we live in. Flashy marketing videos and photo shoots for products that don't yet exist and may not ever be available for sale.
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It amazes me how deplorable the Windows user experience is (FYI, I've never been a Mac user, so this is not a fanboy rant). This particular issue may not be directly Microsoft's fault, but it is indirectly through the abysmal Windows ecosystem that they've fostered.

It's been at least 45 minutes now that I've been troubleshooting a randomly disconnecting Bluetooth mouse. Bluetooth, which is designed to facilitate simple, seamless, universal wireless connection for near devices. So from the beginning, the fact that this needs any troubleshooting is sad.

But anyway, I'm trying to track down the problem, and I find through the device manager that the Bluetooth radio is malfunctioning. So I give it a reinstall, and still the computer can't find the mouse.

So I move on to driver updates. And here's where things get sad. Of course there's not a simple, Windows-integrated driver updater for broadly used computer hardware, at least not one that's up to date (indeed, Windows tells me the driver for the Intel Bluetooth radio is up to date). 

So I go grab Intel's automatic update utility. The utility finds and update for both the Intel wireless and Bluetooth hardware on this computer. So I go to update. The utility downloads both install packages and starts by installing one and them prompting for a restart, without trying to install the other. Restarting, as prompted, causes the second package to report 'Failed' in the updater utility. Nice work.

Anyway, I restart, and search for updates again to get the other package installed. Again the utility reports updates for both wireless and Bluetooth. So this time I install the first, dismiss the restart prompt (which causes the update utility to report 'Failed' on the first package), and install the second, and then restart.

If we're not already there... here's the painfully laughable part. I check the update utility again. Wireless and Bluetooth updates found again. The wireless package reports that the installed version and the latest version are identical, but still insists and update is available. The Bluetooth package reports that the latest version is older than the installed version... and still recommends an update.

Did I mention, I'm still trying to get the mouse working?

You've got to be kidding me. I can't believe it's 2015 and this is what people have to go through. Sure, as a lifetime Windows user, I can (painfully) navigate my way through this troubleshooting nightmare. But I think about my Mom, siblings, grandparents, and anyone who should be able to use technology without spending hours diagnosing problems, and it makes me tremendously disappointing. 

If there's any question as to why people are flocking to Apple, user experience is the answer. Apple has shown that intuitive and painless is compatible with computing.

Thanks for listening to today's tech rant, sponsored by Windows.
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I have to say Intel drivers (wifi Bluetooth and graphics) get updates on my laptop through Windows update without any problems on Windows 8.1. Maybe the updates are some weeks off and but for me using a laptop that seems to have most common used components I don't have to download any driver from a website whatsoever after reinstall. 
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Is the Supersampling option new in Elite Dangerous 1.1? Makes a big difference to readability on the DK2, if your comp can handle it.
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We have been using it since Dec. '14 But I agree, it makes a big difference!
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Just added a meeting to my calendar. "Location: virtual reality." The future is here.
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Oculus Rift Syndrome: trying to play normal games after experiencing the Rift and thinking "man, I wish this game worked with the Rift."
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“4.0?!” you say. Yup. Did you know we’ve been around since 2011? In the back of my mind I know that’s when
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If you have an Xbox One and Xbox Live, there two great multiplayer arcade games for free right now (IDARB and Worms), go get them! (tip, if you sign in to Xbox.com you can aquire them right on your computer, even if you don't download them right away, they'll always be considered 'purchased' in case you want to play them later). http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/games-with-gold
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'Wake on LAN' has been around since 1997. Why can't I wake my Xbox One from another room and have it fire up a game for me so it's ready to play when I sit down? IT'S 2015.
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Two of my favorite musicians came together to make a beautiful track. https://soundcloud.com/vidboy/forest-spirit-friends-lifeformed-vidboy-groupees-collaboration
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Is anyone publishing a podcast through Wordpress? Any suggestions on services or plugins to make it easy?
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Time for my weekly apology about being buried in email. If you sent me a message (ever) and didn't hear back, please send me a reminder and accept my apology for letting it through the cracks.
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I've been blogging about mobile technology for several years across different websites. Currently engaged in the world of Ultrabooks as Executive Editor at UltrabookNews.com. Also tracking virtual reality and augmented reality news at RoadtoVR.com. Some things that interest me: mobile computing, design, gaming, and astronomy.

Previous Work: Executive Editor at Carrypad.com, Editor at UMPCPortal.com, and Editor/Moderator of the MicroPCTalk.com forum.
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