Sunday, October 24, 2004

A clean slate

So, I just reinstalled Windows. I've been working on it all day. Setting up a new computer is always such an ordeal for me... I need things to be exactly the way I like them, and this usually seems to be about a 16-hour process when it's all said and done. In fact, starting from scratch is something that I would normally reserve for a catastrophic event of some kind. This time, though, I'm doing it to try out Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005: The Product that Shouldn't Be a Separate Operating System but Is for Some F#$%ing Reason AND Can't Be Upgraded to from Windows XP Professional. (Marketing later shortened the name to "Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.") I mean, it's cool and all, but there's really no reason that I shouldn't be able to upgrade to it from XP Professional. It does feature a few changes to the operating system, such as improvements to Remote Desktop, but in reality, they're changes that should have been made to other versions of Windows anyway. I'm all for product differentiation, but this is a really stupid way of doing it.

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