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It wasn't a lark, it was the garbagemen

Well, not really.

My PC has a fresh copy of XP installed, and I'm now downloading and installing 127 security updates. That takes a while. I rather wish Microsoft would come up with an omnibus edition every so often so that those of us who have to start from near-scratch don't have hotfix installation logs all over the place. Yes, I know CCleaner will get rid of them all, but part of the goal of this project was to have a computer that wasn't clogged up with four years of detritus.

(Thinking) I could have -- probably should have -- got a copy of Windows 7 and installed that instead, but one reason I did it the way I did (with OEM recovery disks) was to make sure I got all the right drivers for my machine. Next time, I'm building a box from scratch, with the help of some hardware-minded colleagues. They've already spec'd out the perfect programming machine (as of this nanosecond in time), but I can't justify buying it for myself until my savings account comes back up a bit. At least not while this one is more-or-less adequate to my purposes.

The only reason I can do this at all without going mad is that I have this little netbook to do stuff on. Yay for the netbook!


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Feb. 20th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
Aren't you busy today. Makes me feel like I should be doing more than the laundry since I am up ridiculously (IMO) early on a Sat also. (Or not... ;) )
Feb. 20th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Well, actually, it's like making one of those yeast breads that require 5 rising times. Every 45 minutes or so you get up and do something, and the rest it does by itself. So if I'm busy, it's because I'm killing time. :)

Feb. 21st, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
You'll feel good when it's done, at least.
Feb. 21st, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'm realizing how much software I had installed that I don't need. Oh, it might be useful again someday, but I won't need it until I need it, so I'm not going to reinstall it. My desktop is so clean now!

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