Dev Diary 2020-11-08

I set up a Windows 10 machine for the first time (I can’t even remember the last time I did a fresh install of Windows), and the setup experience was somehow more horrible than I remember.

A Microsoft account is required, lots of questions that basically permit all sorts of sending data to advertisers, and a UI that can’t even handle setting a birthday without causing swearing. There’s no idea of how many questions, so unless you’ve done the setup before, you actually have no idea how long it will take to set the thing up. There’s commercial bloatware, and for some reason the very first action isn’t “install all security updates,” which you’d think would be kind of important. Fortunately, this is a machine I’ll be turning on once in a blue moon, so I’ll be spared the overall experience.

I started writing here a bit about feedback loops and using code katas, and ended up writing a blog post about it, which I’ll be posting tomorrow after I’ve had a chance to look at it with some fresh eyes.

The weather is getting cold again, so I’ll be back at the keyboard distracting myself until next summer ;-)