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Microshiftlessness [Dec. 12th, 2002|11:33 pm]
Right now, I'm downloading a collection of Microsoft service packs. It's been going on for an hour, and I've got 3MB of 12.1MB so far. No information is coming through at the moment. In fact, my little green icons which, for most of the hour were flickering intermittently, have been entirely dark for several minutes.

Oh, look! They just lit up for almost two seconds! I originally thought that the download would take three hours, based on the rate for the first fifteen minutes. Based on the rate for the first hour, that would have gone up to four hours. Based on the last few minutes, it is going to take the rest of December.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to abort. I also have a huge backlog of Windows updates I need to get, in addition to the service packs I'm trying to get right now. How long will that take? Well, my metered Juno service only allows me 150 hours a month. Uh... no, that won't be enough.

I just realized something. Given the slothfulness of Microsoft's update process, it would probably take me longer to update my copy of Windows than it would take me to acquire, install and learn to use a good Linux distribution. Oh, to be out from under the thumb of the world-fisting hand of Bill Gates' evil empire!

Okay, I just checked on the "progress" of my download. Not surprising that there is none! In the time it took me to write this, it went from 3MB to 3MB. I'd say that's enough of that. Juno disconnects me after a few minutes of not surfing, anyway. Unless I'm prepared to sit here all night, clicking on some link every few minutes, just to keep my connection, I'm going to lose the whole download anyway. I might as well put it out of it's misery. But first:
Dear Bill Gates,

Eat rancid owl shit and die!

Thank you,

[User Picture]From: waning_estrogen
2002-12-13 06:16 am (UTC)
Amen. or something like that.
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[User Picture]From: scottobear
2002-12-13 07:48 am (UTC)
if oyu get ambitious, try a dual boot system of windows (in case you prefer it) and mandrake's linux distro. it's awesome.

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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2002-12-13 10:38 pm (UTC)
I've been considering either mandrake or red hat, since, from what I've heard of the various distributions, they are the easiest for beginners to deal with.

One problem is that Juno doesn't have a Linux based program, so I'd have to get another ISP, as well as the new OS. I might get a good deal from this local company, which is about to go national. I think their whole operation is Linux powered. Only ten bucks a month, if I pay for a year's worth of service in advance.
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[User Picture]From: juneflame
2002-12-13 08:57 am (UTC)
now THAT is an appropriate user icon for your frustration. ;)
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