Better…

Well, a good night's sleep and a couple cups of coffee and I'm right as rain again. How long this lasts in light of what I have to do today has yet to be seen though.

Today I get to wrestle with yet another PC… Larry bought a new Compaq last week with the idea that he can convert his old video tapes to DVD with it…

This should be fun… I'll be spending a few hundred hours explaining to Larry that the PC “just doesn't do that” or the ever popular “well, you just have to reboot Windows that often.”

sigh…

I'll probably wind up doing all of the transfers on my Mac at night and leading him to believe his PC is “all that”… See, if I volunteer to do it Mac-wise Larry starts in on a tirade about how the Mac is a toy and to do real work requires a PC.

Yeah, ok, whatever…

It's amazing how used to it you get over time. I got used to having to perform registry magic to install hardware, I learned to except that you simply had to reboot the machine once a day for some random reason, that when the OS crashed you lost everything… And now that I don't have to do that anymore having to deal with it still for other people really frustrates me.

The real bonus of the last few weeks is Norton: Larry installed Norton's “internet security” on his laptop a while back in a vain attempt to patch a few of the holes in the OS. Well, since the restore from his backups anything Norton will neither run, nor install. I've exhausted everything I know (remember I have years of schooling in PC and windows here), run though everything on Norton's web site (did you know that the windows-norton combination is so bad they have created utilities to remove things?) and finally called tech support who, after two days, simply said “reinstall the OS”… Like that is a common answer.

Yay windows.

Anywho, I'm off to fix a pot of chili and then get back to fighting a bad collection of hardware and software in some odd semblance of a job.

Take it easy out there…

Ian AndersonEurology