Surprise! Your App Has Been Updated

This is a view of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) from my campsite on an Arctic Ocean sand spit looking across to Brooks Mountains. © Bernard P. Friel
This is a view of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) from my campsite on an Arctic Ocean sand spit looking across to Brooks Mountains. © Bernard P. Friel

By Bernard P. Friel

Have you ever had your day ruined by an update to an app or to your operating system that was automatically installed, without you even being aware? It happens, and sometimes it’s not pretty.

Picture this: You fire up your computer and suddenly learn that all the work you did on over 4,000 images—key wording and some preliminary editing—will have to be redone, from the beginning, because those precocious technicians at the software company have automatically updated your image-processing program, and the update will not accommodate the preliminary editing you have already completed. Frustrated? Well, that’s not the whole of it.

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