Sometimes I still feel like we’re in 1982 when it comes to really basic things like turning off a computer. Why do we have to select shutdown from a menu? Why do we have to carefully save each open file? Why don’t programs stop when we tell them to? (Time Machine has now been spinning for hours, and won’t stop even though I’ve told it to.) Why is this so much more complex than it needs to be?
In the future, here’s how shutdown should work:
- You flip the power switch.
That’s it. No shutdown menu item. No wait for the system to hibernate. No opportunity for applications to save data. Nothing.