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Rant: Windows 10 - your neediness made me give in in the end

Like Catherine’s ghost appearing to Heathcliff at the window in Wuthering Heights, like the kitten tapping at the broken cat flap for admission, like the doe-eyed child twisting her father’s head for attention, like an itch that needs scratching, you were there and you were unavoidable.

You nagged me and nagged me, begged me to take you in, refused to take ‘no’ for an answer. I sent you away, spurned your advances, tried to turn the other cheek and pretend you weren’t there. But every time there you were, in my face, asking, persuading, cajoling.

If you’d only do this one thing I’ll leave you alone, you said. We can do it in the night when you’re sleeping, you don’t even need to be there.

Frankly, I couldn’t see the appeal. I knew others who’d done it and they had been unimpressed. But you wouldn’t leave it alone. Every time I started up my computer you were there and little by little you wore me down with your plangent, plaintive requests, your almost admirable persistence, your brass neck and your inability to take no for an answer.

You began to insinuate yourself in my life. You were like Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener, you refused to leave; you “preferred not”, despite my stonewalling.

I sought ways to get rid of you but they were complicated and I felt uneasy so, in the end, I relented. And there you are with your odd tiles and your Groove app, whatever that is, winking at me.

Finally you got me, we’re together through life, or at least until your successor comes along. Are you happy now, Windows 10?

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Martin Veitch is Contributing Editor for IDG Connect

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