IT Rule #1: Don't install beta software on production boxes…

… otherwise I have to go un-install Windows Defender on 400 machines when the beta version expired on December 31st and the application fails very ungracefully.

Next time Microsoft releases beta software for public testing, it would be nice if it would gracefully let you know when it expires and maybe even give an option to install the latest and greatest.  The whole “Application failed to initialize…” evil error message on January 1st doesn’t make my job as an IT Desktop Support guy very fun when it happens to 400 clients at once.  I stand by my previous hatred for Microsoft on this one.


FredJanuary 7th, 2007 at 20:38

Huh? I didn’t even know this software existed. But as it turns out, I apparently didn’t miss much…

Jean PierreJanuary 8th, 2007 at 12:30

Rule #2: Don’t install Microsoft software on ANY computer ANYWHERE on PC boxes you are responsible for :-p

Well, I have to fight with some Windows PCs at work, too. Fortunately it’s only a hand-full, the rest of our staff uses “real” operating systems 😉

jabbaJanuary 9th, 2007 at 14:15

I couldn’t agree more with Rule #2! :) Unfortunately less than 5% of my customers use Macs. But supporting Windows boxes does make a good argument for job security: I definitely always have something to do. Something always breaks. :)

karenJanuary 9th, 2007 at 20:59


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