The night is darkest just before the dawn, and the dawn came in an instant for one lucky woman in Wilmington, North Carolina last Saturday. Norma Randall was in a situation well-known to those of us in the PC world: she had begun a Windows update. Randall claims it caught her off-guard. She didn’t want to update, but somehow it just happened. “It was one of those automatic schedule things,” she said. “Before I knew it, I was looking at a teal screen that says it’s ‘working on updates.’” And this was no ordinary update. This was a doozy. Because what the screen also showed were the words, “This will take a while.”
Randall was beside herself with despair. “I thought I was gonna have to go outside or relate to my family,” she told us. But then something miraculous happened. “I was watching the progress tick slowly up, and then it went straight from twenty-seven all the way up to a hundred,” Randall said gleefully, “just like that!” In an instant, all her woes melted away, and she was able to merge back into the almighty plane of existence that is social media and streaming video content. What this gives the rest of us is hope. Hope that each one of us will eventually have our day when, in the blink of an eye, a Windows update goes from twenty-seven all the way to one hundred.
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