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Well I got my computer back up and running(kind of, I ended up just sticking my drives and RAM in an almost identical idle computer I had). Because I enjoy pain I decided to try Vista again. I got it installed, after who knows how many hours, and running and I started updating my software and stuff. It ran fine UNTIL I tried to do a windows update, where it downloaded 48 patches and then tried to install them all at the same time. Then, of course, the mandatory reboot, where it STILL tried to install more patches. Then, the BSoD. After many travails I got it to boot up again and updated some more drivers and even got the sound working again(huzzah! for some reason it stopped after the patches). Tonight I will try to update it some more and see if it explodes. God, Vista sucks ass. But World of Warcraft looks so awesome!

I would kill for a chocolate chip cookie right now. I've had a craving for one for days now.

This afternoon it's bad veins, as far as the eye can see.

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democritus
Feb. 20th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried Arch linux. I usually prefer the huge, bloated, pretty linux distros like Mandriva(Mandrake), Kubuntu, Gentoo and Sabayon.
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democritus
Feb. 21st, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Heh, I know what you mean when you say fragile. Even though Sabayon was touted as the big Beryl/XGL linux platform, it too was fragile. But SO sexy! I don't think you're being boring. No one I know ever wants to talk about this stuff, which is why I started going to my local LUG a couple years ago.
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democritus
Feb. 21st, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
Wow that sounds pretty good. I think I'll install that when I repair my [now] secondary machine. I think I have Ubuntu on there right now, I rarely use it though.
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democritus
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Haha, thanks for the tips. I generally prefer the click click but I figure part of the reason of having a linux box(right now) is to work with the guts of it. Have you ever used Automatix? It makes installation of common packages really simple on Debian based systems. I wonder if it would work on Arch. Ah I just looked around and it doesn't look like it.

I've found the same thing regarding updates for 64bit vs 32bit systems universally true on any OS/linux flavor.
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jamespolk
Feb. 21st, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
I've had an overall very positive Vista experience. Not a single crash since I got it. I think my longest is about 7 weeks without a reboot or power down (and only then triggered by software or update installations).
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democritus
Feb. 21st, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
My assumption is that people who have a good experience with it are the ones who buy production computers where Vista comes preinstalled. It makes sense that these computers that have been built specifically for Vista and tested wouldn't have as many problems as someone who installs Vista on a machine that wasn't specifically built for it.
troymccluresf
Feb. 20th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
Brendan just got a new computer with Vista and while it's worked fine (it was built on Sunday), god damn it's pretty.
democritus
Feb. 20th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
Do you mean the OS or his computer?
troymccluresf
Feb. 20th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
Vista Aero.
microknot
Feb. 21st, 2008 12:10 am (UTC)
I have had my pre built Dell with Vista for almost a year, no major problems....yet.

It seems a lot smoother and quicker with video and web graphics, but maybe that is just the 22inch flatscreen.
democritus
Feb. 21st, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm also looking forward to using the improved xBox interface with Vista. Remember how I had it set up to play my music and junk on the TV but it wasn't working so well? Apparently the Vista interface is much cooler.
democritus
Feb. 21st, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, Aero is really pretty, but I ended up hardly using the special interface options(except for alt-tabbing, natch) and the only thing that really mattered to me were the improved gaming graphics. DirectX 10 is the sheeyiznat.
juniper200
Feb. 20th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
My Vista experience has been good overall, or at least pleasantly neutral. But then, I bought a new computer that had it already installed and I didn't have to go through the struggle.
karlgrenze
Feb. 21st, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Ah, I should've DCCed those chocolate chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies I made the other day, no? ;)
democritus
Feb. 21st, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
God yes!
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