So, my hard drive crashed a couple weeks ago. Back in the good ol’ days, when Windows sucked so bad over the course of time that I would routinely format my hard drive and reinstall everything to improve performance, it would take me less than a day to format and get everything back to exactly the way I like it.
Now that Windows (surprisingly) is a stable operating system for years at a time, I have more time to specialize my environment in obscure ways (which I do, because I’m a computer person). I also am not diligent about keeping track of things like registration keys or drivers — because I don’t use them regularly.
Consequently, restoring a PC from scratch is a bigger pain in the ass now that Windows is not such a big pain in the ass. I suppose the distractions of work and kids don’t help, either. Although, I have to admit, the Windows install process itself is a dream compared to the old Windows 98 days.
Anyway…laboriously, I have installed enough software to prepare a few pictures for today. Because this is more proof of concept than anything else, it’s just food from August:
Yes, that’s au jus in a sippy cup.