James O'Neill's Blog

August 18, 2006

Feeling Stupid (part 1)

Filed under: Beta Products,General musings,Windows Vista — jamesone111 @ 1:36 pm

Two quotes for the day

I am the final silence
The last electrician alive
And they called me the sparkle
I was the best, I worked them all ….


Roy: There’s only two of us now.
Pris: Then we’re stupid and we’ll die.

The second is the from Blade runner.  Oddly the page where I found the lyrics for the first says it makes him think of Blade runner.

The what made me think of this was I’ve been teasing Eileen on and off for being a Luddite (or as  Darren would say a staller rather than an Installer)  over the time it’s taken her to move to Vista.

My build of Vista has been messed around with so much that things are breaking on it and last night I put the spare hard disk in and installed a clean copy of vista that I could do some demos with. This morning I swapped the hard disks back and Vista refused to boot, claiming that a key file couldn’t be loaded. It told me to run the repair tools from the DVD. Since it was still in the drive, I did. The repair process told me that it had found a problem with my boot environment, would I like to repair and restart. Sure … I mean … in that situation, who wouldn’t. and  Normal Service is Resumed.

I’ve no idea what happened to the my machine, or what Vista fixed. AND THIS TROUBLES ME. I’ve understood BOOT.INI files, and the job of NTLDR, and NTDETECT.COM for the last 13 years. I feel like shouting at the computer …. “I’m technical !! Tell me what was wrong, and how you fixed it” . I know that I don’t need to know this, but not knowing bothers me. Still, it took me ages to be happy with plug and play systems where interrupts and like were set automatically. Some days I feel like “I’m the last electrician alive” …

This post originally appeared on my technet blog.


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