|> ... and it sure turns your stomach sour when this happens. |
Yep. And it happens for a lot of things. Automatic updating which is completely out of your hands, is a problem for a lot of cloud-based software, because many companies don't have a way to roll out changes for just a few users (testers) first, before "everybody" gets the update. If your accounting software is broken today because of an upgrade that happened overnight, and you need to print reports to take to your tax preparer appointment...well, "there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth", as the Bible says (but for other reasons).
For desktop software, if I have the option I generally do not allow it to auto-update. If an update appears to have no major problems after it has been out for a couple weeks, then I choose to update. I've dodged some big bullets a few times by taking this approach.