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20th of November, 2017

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I wonder how much of my life has been spent watching something on a computer screen counting to 100. I’ve been a Computer Guy for going on 18 years now, and I’ve probably installed 1000 computers, and untold tens of thousands of programs, and they all use the same lame-ass little percentage meter to tell you how far along they are. And they’re always dreadfully wrong in their calculations, for some reason.


Starting with Windows 2000, Microsoft even decided to put a little progress bar on the boot screen. Apple followed this with OS X, with the goofiest booting-progress bar ever conceived, the placebo startup meter, which signifies practically nothing:


Picture 5-1


I mention this only because for the last 45 minutes I’ve been looking at an installation screen that started out with “Time Remaining: About 16 minutes”. Lying sacks.

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