January 02, 2006

Jumping through microsoft's hoops

     For the most part I've repaired my computer (ran a good two days of drive-integrity scans followed by a whole slew of things to fix it). Turned out to have a corrupt MBR (that's master boot record for all you non-techies... not that it helps you understand what it is...), and the file allocation table was also pretty fucked up. I couldn't really figure out what caused this massive failure (I keep the drives fan cooled) up until today. I tried to set up some crappy USB camera and realized that I, through loading fail-safe defaults on my BIOS settings, had removed my built-in ethernet, usb, and a couple other things from my computer's recognition. When I tried to re-activate all of that, the moment my computer attempted to touch my front panel USB it crashed. Instantaneous restart. So I'll check the connections, but I imagine I'll just remove the whole front panel assembly; it's too much of a risk to keep on.
     While fussing with my computer's configuration, I discovered something rather annoying: If you turn off/take out too much hardware, windows requires you to reactivate it's software. WHAT?! Look, I bought a 1-2 processor license, if I decide to move my harddrive from one computer to another, what business is it of microsoft's? While certainly it does prevent people from doing stuff like duplicating harddrives with all the necessary drivers for most machines, it's just a nuisance for people who are doing a lot of work on their computer. I mean, what if I swapped out the motherboard and all the PCI cards? As long as I use the same processor, I'm only changing hardware. The hoops that I had to jump through were just stupid. The software industry is becoming too paranoid in general. But I honestly can't think of a good way to fix it.

Posted by Kickmyassman at January 2, 2006 03:15 AM

You spelled too wrong man, better re-read your entries before you post them, wouldn't want people to think you're stupid or anything would you?

Posted by: Alex at January 2, 2006 08:17 PM

     Oh totally! If one of the four thousand one hundred and twenty instances of "to" or "too" is incorrectly used on my site, I'm certain that every person out there on the net will think that I'm a moron. By the way, awesome run on sentence there. You have every right to criticize my grammar.

Posted by: Kit at January 2, 2006 09:56 PM


Posted by: Sam at January 3, 2006 02:33 PM

Yeah i have to agree with kit that it doesnt fuckin matter what the fuck he wrote as long as you understand it, and dont critisize people on grammar when you suck ass at it urself.

Posted by: Ben at January 6, 2006 09:25 AM


Posted by: Sam at January 6, 2006 03:12 PM
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