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Apparently, π day is also update day.

I plugged my iPhone 4 into my laptop this morning, wanting to back it up.  iTunes  informed me that an iOS upgrade was ready. I said yes, but then was surprised to find the estimated download time at over 40 minutes. Not having time right then, I cancelled, without any fear of damage.

I later discovered my phone had done an OTA download over Wi-Fi somewhere, and I could simply let it upgrade itself while I pulled out the laptop and fired up Word 2010. Except that Word decided it needed to “reconfigure itself”, stealing several minutes of productivity. I had no choice in the matter; no opportunity to cancel.

Good software never forces a period of unavailability on its users. Enough said.

Author: Peter Sheerin

Peter Sheerin is best known for the decade he spent as the Technical Editor of CADENCE magazine, where he was the acknowledged expert in Computer-Aided Design hardware and software. He has a long-standing passion for improving usability of software, hardware, and everyday objects that is always interwoven in his articles. Peter is available for freelance technical writing and product reviews, and is exploring career opportunities in interaction design. His pet personal project is exploring the best ways to harmonize visual, tactile, and audible symbols for improving the effectiveness of alerting systems.

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