I had been happily coasting on an old version of steam for well over a year. I didn't like some of the layout changes they had implemented with the Friends list so I was sticking to the old look.
I had updates blocked through steam.cfg (BootStrapperInhibitAll=Enable
) in steam folder.
Everything was just how I liked it.
But something changed as of yesterday as I just couldn't connect. So I gave in and updated. While the Friends list isn't as compact as the old, it is better than it was and I can live with it. Not that I have a choice