My kids are starting to compete for computer time on their shared computer, so I decided to revive the old but still very functional HP Laptop I used to experiment with Ubuntu (verdict: beautiful GUI made useless by a complete inability to configure a wireless card). Since I wiped the hard drive, I needed to do a clean install of Windows. Having somewhat of a current software obsession, I decided to part with $216.49 to buy a Windows 7 Home Premium license.
All of this happened on Saturday, so I thought I’d save some time and buy this license at the online Microsoft Store. Did I say this was Saturday? Three long days ago?
After completing my purchase, I watched my inbox eagerly for my confirmation and Product Key. I watched. And watched. And watched.
Then I decided to go on living my life, and forgot about the whole thing.
Until today, when I got that email, with the confirmation. And the Product Key. That’s 3 days. 72 hours. 4,320 minutes. 259,200 seconds.
Which is about 259,170 seconds longer than it should have taken.
In this real-time world where speed is measured in seconds, isn’t it crazy that an online purchase from Microsoft, of all companies, takes 3 days to complete!?
It would have been faster to have it delivered by pony express. Or on a glacier.