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Well, the day of my birthday was great--sold an original, hung out with friends, had a buddy drop by unexpectedly, bought books--all fabulous.

The day after, unfortunately, was not so fabulous, as my machine, which had been slowly becoming more and more cantankerous, finally was found floating belly-up in the fishbowl, and had to be taken apart several times until James found a faulty memory stick, and then have Windows re-installed. (To be fair, as James pointed out, I had last installed in 2001, and my system ought to be eligable for some kind of award for venerability.)

Today, I reinstall stuff. Since I have gotten virtually no work done this weekend due to that, I am going to spend the next week in a kind of feverish painting haze, made worse by the fact that there is NOTHING that gets the creative juices in hyper-gear like having the computer down, resulting in several painting ideas that I must, must, must paint.

Hopefully this is not going to be some kind of omen for the next year of my life. (I knew an anvil had to be headed this way...)

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blessed are the pessimists,

for they have made backups.

Blessed are they who observe that one component has failed, and recognize that another awaits only a more troublesome moment.

Blessed are they who have restored from their backup, somewhere else, and found all those things which are not upon it as it was first made, and have added those things, so that whenever they must use it in truth, there shall not be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth.

Blessed are they, who do all these three things, for they shall be called prudent, and courageous, for they shall laugh when their hard drive sends their data to be one with Kish and Eridu, which are no more upon the Earth.

-- Graydon

Re: blessed are the pessimists,

This is so metaquoted.

Coincidentally, I just had to reinstall Windows XP Pro not more than 2 hours after you wrote this. Twice.

Your techno-karma will doom us all.

With a wink and a nod.

Nay, for the wise and the mighty, shamans of technology, have worked to ensure that function remains in what may be salvaged and what is undamaged. It is simply that when damage is built into the software, there is little to salvage but hope.

Although I personally attribute every failure of MS products to MS marketing and lack of knowledge sharing. It's true: everyone learned in kindergarten that not sharing gets you more stuff at the cost of nobody liking you or wanting to share with you anymore.

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