One of the advantages of having more free time is that you can make sure all your electronic gizmos are up to date. All our personal electronics are stuffed with software that contain bugs (mistakes) that the manufacturers fix (we hope) and propagate to us over the Internet.
In the last few months I updated:
- Windows PC BIOS, operating system, Virus definitions, drivers, and various software programs
- Camera and lens firmware
- Iphone and Ipad software
- MAC operating system, virus defs, and various software programs
- Printer firmware
- Router firmware
- Home built file server software (FREENAS)
- Samsung big screen TV firmware and applications
Our stats at my previous employer showed that about 4% of our Internet traffic was Microsoft updates. I would hazard a guess that at least 5% of overall Internet traffic worldwide is fixing software bugs.
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