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Windows 8.1 is enough to drive me to drink

TACLOBAN–I’m not a big fan of Windows.

But I get by.

After all, like most computer users, I like to think I’m OS-blind.

Ply me with a PC and I will get to beat that deadline, even if the machine doesn’t feature an emblem of Steve Jobs’ favorite fruit.

Take this Asus T100T Transformer Book that the iCSC has been kind enough to lend me for this Tacloban gig (more on that later.)

The Transformer Book is sleek, sexy, and nimble.

However–and this is its biggest setback–it runs Windows 8.1, an OS that’s like a pretty but nevertheless bad date that has gone to hell.

On May 13, when I arrived in Tacloban, I immediately took videos with a Flipcam, owned and lent by my idol Alan Robles, the minute I got off the plane from Manila.

I took several pieces of footage–porters hauling luggage and placing them on a baggage carousel that hasn’t been working since typhoon Yolanda, the abandoned relocation site along the highway out of the airport, an interview with InterAksyon.com correspondent Lorelie “Lottie” Salarda, who broke the news about hoarded relief goods that later found their way into the city’s garbage dump. (For this and her many efforts, she won a Super awards for media given by mall operator SM, which, by the way, is building a HyperMart in downtown Tacloban.)

But you can’t see any of the videos yet.


Because when I tried playing them, Windows 8.1 wanted me to update its video player app.

So I tried a different tack–I tried uploading the videos on YouTube.

Guess what happened?

Same thing that took place when I wanted to play the video.

It wanted an update, whether I liked it or not.

The situation exasperated me so much that it drove me to drink that night.

Which I did. By the city’s pier.  With Teddy Arellano, trusted roomie and Team member of iCSC’s RE-Charge Tacloban.

So when can I finally upload the videos?

As soon as I finish this drink and figure out what to do.

In short, I will–uhm, how does Windows 8.1 put it?–keep you updated.

Boojie Basilio is iCSC’s “Man in Tacloban” who is humanizing the experience of building back better in super typhoon Haiyan’s ground zero through his blog “Tales from the Slacktivist.”

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