I really don’t want to come across as a stick-in-the-mud, and I promise you I’m quite open to change. I will confess though, as I get older – which I will admit seems to be coming on way faster than I’d imagined – I like my things as I have them.

Oh if someone comes up with a better mousetrap, or a handier loaf of sliced bread, I’m in like Flynn, let me tell you. However – and I’d like you to take note of this, my darling Sir – the garlic press has always lived in the drawer next to the fridge; the cheese grater has always lived in the cupboard to the left of the one that holds the plates; and the meat mallet has always lived in the cart drawer.

And now, smoothly segueing to my point, I’m fairly computer savvy and I know my way around wordy documents and numbery spreadsheets with confidence.

I will say, however, that I’m not at all pleased with MiniHard’s deciding it’s not going to support Holes-in-the-Wall version 7 after mid-January next year.

Oh to hell with it, go ahead and sue me. I’m too old to be pussyfooting around. Microsoft is ditching Windows 7 and is forcing us to “upgrade” to Windows 10.

Now to me, and I know to a whole lot of other people, and just about every information technology professional around, Windows 7 is like a comfy, squooshy, toe-wriggling pair of slippers. You throw off the cares of the day, along with random items of clothing when you get home, and slip into sheer heaven in the foot department.

Switching from Windows 7 to Windows 10 – and I’ve done it already so I know wherefore of which I speak – is the computer equivalent of being on your tootsies all day, coming home and jamming your feet into a pair of 6-inch stilettos with the toe so pointy it could be used as a military weapon. Oh, and the new shoes are just a tiny bit too small. They’re hellishly uncomfortable, and you adopt extreme-grump-mode which spreads to every nook and cranny of your existence.

I’m a very firm believer in the old adage, no matter how grammatically incorrect it may be, that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” but Microsoft and companies like it have to tweak and fiddle and faff around with their products as a means of self-preservation.

It’s why light bulbs blow with monotonous regularity. Apparently at one time there was a magnificent one invented that lived longer than you. But that, naturally, would never do as who could make any money just selling one light bulb per socket?

Apple keeps coming up with new versions of the iPhone which may be absolutely t’riffic if you are a new-toy junkie, but with very few discernable differences to the average person except for the ridiculous price tag.

So Microsoft has fiddled and faffed with its operating system and has created one that no one likes, but is forcing everyone to use. Yuck, poo, is all I have to say.

Annie Dear lives in Lee’s Summit. Email her at anniedearkc@hotmail.com.