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Reinstallation Time

Mon Apr 23, 2012, 6:13 AM
  • Listening to: The Songs of Distant Earth (Mike Oldfield)
  • Reading: Darkover Landfall
  • Watching: effects of the wind in trees outside
  • Playing: nothing, yet
  • Eating: cheese and onion pastie
  • Drinking: stella artois and PLJ
Saturday night was a right royal pain in the arse, I had to reformat the machine that acts as a server front end for the home network. No biggie really just a 40 min job at the most as its a largely automated process its the reinstalling of all the software that I previously used alot thats the bugbear in this process. Luckily last time around I made the decision to keep all working data in runtimes on seperate physical media so that rather than having the sometimes months long task of installing content again all I need do is reinstall the applications and map the runtime drive to it. The thing is - I keep all my software installation disks remotely. Making a list of exactly which disks I'll need then getting them to me is a rather time consuming task. It helps matters not that the person that stores my original installation disks is computer illiterate so there might be Poser Pro written on the list I can virtually garantee the wrong version of poser pro is what comes back. Being disabled and unable to climb even a few stairs is really bugging me as I used to be able to go over, climb the two flights of stairs to the attic room where the fire vault is located and get the stuff myself, nowadays even a curb can pose an almost insurmountable hazard nevermind two flights of steep stairs (the house was built in 1905 prior to the introduction of the building regulation stating that a staircase can't have an angle greater than forty two point five degrees in a domestic building)

Anyway I have CJ who really tries but I'm not the only one with a problem getting into the attic space there - shes shit scared that the attic stairs won't take her body mass plus its a tight squeeze for the lady to enter the fire safe. The probs will be solved eventually its just frustrating not having the materials there when needed, not that they are needed very often.

Anyhow as a great compensation my machine now runs one hell of a lot faster than previously because theres not the billions of registry entries that build up over time no matter how scrupulous you are at system cleaning not to mention the positively billions of errant dynamic link libraries that accumulate. On the downside theres the 115 auto updates since service pack two to install (yes I'm not what you could call an early adopter of operating systems I still use XP Server 2003)

Just letting off a little steam to be honest, ignore this entry if you wish.

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Gekiganfan Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, I am also using XP on my Pc.
I don't really have the desire to upgrade to any other yet.
AtomicTiki Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Bleh! I hate re-installing things, I hope my current disk image stays alive forever (this won't be but a man can dream I guess)

Good luck!
KirstenLane Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
That's what older brothers in the computer industry are for :nod: .... and I agree about curbs and steps.
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