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Friday, March 12, 2004

My Computer Is POSSESSED! 

"Men are from Mars.
Women are from Venus.
Computers are from Hell!"

Let me state, for the record, I have never been SO disgusted with an inanimate object before in my entire life!     And, believe me, the range and realm of my frustrations considered, that is a b-o-l-d statement indeed.     Last May, I purchased a new Hewlett Packard Pavilion to replace the HP I had been using for 5-plus years (which, in computer life, is a long, long, l-o-n-g time to be working on the same computer).     And, to be totally honest, there wasn't anything really wrong with my previous PC other than the monitor display was starting to get a little "wiggly" (rather hard on the eyes!), and it only had a CD player, not a burner.     So, off to the store to purchase an "upgrade."

Although I didn't go completely top-of-the-line, I did get one with dual CD and DVD players, as well as a CD burner, and a few of the techno- "bells-&-whistles."     The problem was, the system came with Microsoft XP loaded as the operating platform.     And, from practically Day One, XP has caused unexplainable crashes, lock-ups, disappearing files, shut-downs, and a laundry-list of other bizarre occurrences.

Well, Tuesday was the ultimate in LAST STRAWS!     For no apparent reason, other than the fact that my computer decided that I did something that displeased it, it seized my entire system and began a "System Restore," meaning it was restoring factory settings.     At that point in time, I had no idea whether it was a complete return to factory settings, or a partial save of newly-loaded programs.     Either way, I was at the mercy of my computer as it -- at lightning speed -- zipped off file, after file, after file -- doing unknown things to each and every one.

After two hours of NO control over my system whatsoever, it finally relinquished its hold over the system, but . . . certain files were MISSING -- FOREVER GONE!     Calls to Tech Support proved fruitless.     The main two things that were missing were my e-mail address book   *p-o-o-f*  and all of the settings and configurations for my satellite internet connection   *no internet!* .

So, for those who are unaware as to what "XP" stands for, let me enlighten you (feel free to take your pick, or use all three!) . . .

(e)Xtraterrestrial Possession

(e)Xtreme Pain-in-the-Pa-Toot

(e)Xtraneous Psychological Torture

and, a little FYI -- you cannot switch to Windows 2000, or Windows ME from Windows XP -- that is, you cannot -- without loading the new platform from DOS.     But, the kicker is . . . XP will not allow you to access DOS in a simple, straightforward manner.     The gyrations and hoops you have to try to achieve just to FIND DOS on XP makes you give up before the hunt is completed.

current mood:  (Still) Extremely Frustrated and Angry!
current music:  The ever-increasing rapid beating of my heart!

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