Saturday, February 11, 2023


My laptop wouldn’t stop bugging me, so I upgraded to Windows 11. Somehow it’s always worse than you think it’s going to be in ways you don’t expect.
Panel 1, me in front of computer, “Ugh, fine. I’ll upgrade to Windows 11. Stop bugging me.” Panel 2, “All right, that’s done. Let’s see what they screwed up this time.” Panel 3, close up of app window with rounded corner, “What the… Are those rounded corners? How positively hideous!” Panel 4, showing gap between browser and toolbar, “Okay, what the hell is with this see-through gap around the browser window?” Panel 5, close up of toolbar, which only shows icons, not words, “Where the f*** are the words on the icons so I can tell what programs I have open???” Panel 6, back to me in front of computer, Panel 7, blood leaks out of my nose, Panel 8, I notice the blood, “Great, now my doctor’s going to be on me about my blood pressure again.”
The annoying part is it actually functions well otherwise and my internet driver no longer crashes. But the rounded corners are really awful—an affront to all that is good in the world. And I have no idea why, but Chrome windows (and only Chrome windows), when maximized, have a gap all around them, which is as ugly as the rounded corners. The absolute kick to the face, though, was that it eliminates words from icons, so I have no idea what the hell I’m switching between when I have multiples of, say, Word open, which I often do. I just hate not having words so I can actually SEE what’s open, as I find there nothing more horrific than having to hover over the icon and have the stupid preview popup. I’ve been trying to get rid of that for YEARS and now they’ve made it mandatory. Or did, until I downloaded something to finally let me see the damn words telling me what I have open.

TL;DR: Functional, aesthetically displeasing, and it adds extra steps to EVERYTHING.


  1. Windows is the worst when it comes to upgrades. I say no as long as possible.

  2. I updated recently and those things haven't bothered me. What is driving me nuts is the start button and how giant it is and they won't let me change the size.

  3. Fortunately, my computer doesn't have the capability to upgrade to 11, so I'm safe. For now. Although, likely I'll need a new computer sooner rather than later.

  4. Makes me very glad I use a Mac! Although I use Windows at work, and we'll no doubt have to deal with the upgrade there at some point.


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