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This is my personal weblog where I get to be as crabby as I want to be.

6.11.2005

Wow. Another rant already. I've covered some of this over on the other blog. Today was computer disaster day. Not spyware, right before the big blow up, I came up clean on all the usual spyware malware etc catchers. Missing file, system won't run. This happened once before, but I booted from the CD recovered and all was fine. Not today. I had to reinstall the OS. Did I have my product key? Heck no, I did not. The MSDN PK didn't work (it was worth a shot, as a way to get the freaking computer up long enough to fix it...) So, hours and hours wasted looking for it. The desktop is at least 5 years old now. I have all the original CD's and all kinds of other paper but not the OS PK. Crud. So, and here's the rant coming. These irritating things happen. I thought I'd try MS. But you have to navigate 5 minutes of stupid voice menus before they tell you there's no one to answer the phone. Crud. This stupidity, as I discovered, is recapitulated on their website. Hey, 24 hour on line tech support $30 for half an hour. I'm a stubborn sort, and said, OK. Worth it to get things back up. I clicked through several menus, including filling out all the cc information only to be told NO TECHS AVAILABLE. I think they knew that before I started clicking. Jiminey Cricket! Are these people usability/interface morons? Yes. They are.

I know I will fix this tomorrow, but I wanted it fixed tonight.

Second part of rant. So, as I'm reinstalling the OS, and it's at the PK screen, which, like the Beaudelaire twins, due to a series of unfortunate events which I don't even know what they are (because then I could find the PK probably) I am unable to provide, there's no way to escape out. No way to proceed with, say, a limited install just this once. No consideration whatever to losers like me who lose their product key, despite stern warnings from MS not to. Sorry MS. I lost it anyway but now I hate you even more. Fortunately, this situation stops all those piraters in Quandong province in their tracks. So, it's OK to pile up ill will from paying customers.

I had to turn off the computer. No way to shut down except holding down the power button. Crap.

Did I do the smart thing and give up hours earlier and just work on the laptop and get some writing done? No. Because today was a stupid writing day. I cleaned out a closet for crying out loud, because I was engaging in avoidance behavior. Plus, I HATE leaving problems unsolved.

General crabbiness level: off the charts.