After this publisher's merciless
trashing of MicroSlime products, you guessed it, the system I use at
the office rolled over on me this afternoon, kicked its little legs in
the air, and died.
It started a few days ago when I installed
some software which came with my digital camera, which claimed it needed
IE4 in order to function. (It actually doesn't, but you know how Bill is.)
So like a fool I installed IE4, and noticed
with great alarm that my system began running more and more sluggishly.
Finally, after waiting for more than
a minute for context menus to appear over icons in Explorer (this on
a PII/333 with 128 Mb RAM), I decided enough was enough and proceeded to
uninstall IE. (Since that was the only system-level change I'd made, it
seemed the logical culprit.)
After rebooting the system and waiting
fifteen minutes for the blue screen to show its full range of boot-dots,
I was left staring at an aquamarine blank for another ten minutes while
wating for the login to execute.
It finally happened, but the machine was
still running slow, so I decided to reboot it again.
Numerous hours and stop errors later,
all accompanied by the famous BSOD, the system then began reporting it
couldn't find a bootable drive.
Dutifully firing up the installer so I
could use rdisk, I was told by NT that it believed the partition had been
formatted by an OS that could not coexist with NT.
Upshot is I get to try and recover the
volume if I can, complete with about $70,000 worth of client files.
Man, I really hate Microsoft.
So tomorrow's edition may be a bit late,
folks. Here's a picture I took for the hell of it. It shows what I spent
much of the afternoon staring at.