Ramblings From the Ragged Crumbling Edge Of The Reality-Based Community

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Downside Of Technology 

...as it turns out, there are people out there who want to steal my life, or at least the parts of it that can bring them either profit or some strange emotional benefit that I will never understand in a million years. These people, who deserve nothing better than burial in a shallow unmarked grave alongside any one of the many, many remote dirt roads that I have traveled in the high wild places of the intermountain West over the last 35 years, have managed to defeat some of the best minds in the business in a pitched battle over who actually controls my creaky old laptop. So I sit now in an undisclosed location - as far as the keystroke logger/CPU controller/backdoor rootkit virus minions of evil are concerned - where I ponder my options: installing a new 40-gig hard drive (which is all my faithful 6-year-old friend will support) and enduring hours of reinstalling XP and drivers and software and downloading Service Packs and all the rest, or buying a new laptop...

On top of all the hours I have already spent trying to solve this infestation, the idea of devoting what is essentially a whole day to reinstalling what is actually ancient technology is a grim thing to face. At the same time, this whole intertubes thing has been tolerated by my financial advisor (that would be Mrs. Jack K.) only because it was relatively cost-free. All I can say is "Stay Tuned"...

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