Monthly Archives: May 2007

Hi, my name is Dave, and I’ve been Windows free for a week

Eight days ago, the windows install on my machine mysteriously broke itself. At least I think it was eight days. I don’t recall the exact time this happened. Anyway, something happened to the machine, and windows no longer worked. Stuck in an infinite reboot cycle. So, after some poking around, I gave up on it and booted up the Ubuntu install that I had on another partition.

Since that time, I’ve had to fix on other machine with [apparently] the same problem. And I’ve been talking with guys at work, and apparently it’s not uncommon. All that being said, mine is broken worse that any I’ve heard about to date. It’s broken enough that nothing simple is fixing it. It’s going to require a reinstall to fix it.

The problem is, I’m starting to wonder if it’s worth the trouble. If I re-install, there are a number of unsavory tasks I’ll have to do:

  • update windows itself, including all the updates I can’t save, but have to get from windows update every time

  • install drivers for all the hardware
  • re-install all the software (cygwin, office, quicken, etc)
  • re-update all the software (virus defitions, spyware definitions, steam updates, etc etc etc)
  • copy all the non-install software back of the network share (WoW, war3, etc)

I’m starting to wonder if it’s even worth re-installing windows and going through the hassle of getting all right again. If my theory on what happened to it in the first place is right, then it could all just go down the tubes again at the drop of a hat. Really, the only motivation I have to put windows back in is that it will make gamefest a lot easier for me.

So this is no triumphant “I dropped Windows and never looked back” sort of post. This is a “Windows failed me, and now I’m trying to decide if I can do without it” sort of post.


My Emma said her first word today, and it was Daddy!! *glee*

I walked into the room and waved to her (like I do all the time) and she laughed and said “Da-ddy”. It was great.

I’d like the smansh-n-grab special, with a side of fraud please

Friday night, we had dinner out with some friends. When we got out of the restaurant, Melissa and I noticed that the driver’s door window had been broken out of the van. Well, at first I thought that the window was really clean. Then I thought the window was rolled down. Then it finally dawned on me what had actually happened.

It turns out the “only” stole Melissa’s purse. Immediately after calling the police, I called the bank and the credit card company to blocked Melissa’s cards. An hour and a half later, the police showed up to create the police report, then I drove it home.

Saturday morning we got a call from the bank regarding 5 suspicious charges with Melissa’s debit card. Turns out, the bank blocked *my* card, not Melissa’s. Grrr.

So, since then, I’ve been talking with the insurance company, several auto glass places, the bank, credit bureaus, etc. I’m amazed at the number of places where I can’t take care of things myself (Melissa has to be the one to call, sign, etc) even though they are completely joint accounts.

Moral of the Story: don’t leave stuff in locked vehicles.
Secondary Moral: no matter how hard you try, you can’t win.