It seems the computer issues are over.
In case you were not paying attention, the trusty old Dell had a slight problem. Some files for corrupted or something. But not just any files! OH NO! it had to be various registry and system files.
The wireless card quit working, as did things in the control panel. All because three or four DLL files got screwed up.
Now I was going to fix it. I just needed a copy of XP. Any copy. The machine has a license code. But I never got a copy of XP.
So now I have another laptop. It was on sale. Core 2 duo processor and shit. And it has bluetooth! So I can use it to answer phone calls.
Which makes me wonder....why would anyone want to do that? Seriously. You want to lug around this big ass laptop so you can use your phone "hands free"?? Are you high?? Or just insane?? Has to be one of the two.
But I am a little paranoid. The thing has a built in web cam. Pointed right at me. Spying on me. Who knows who can connect to it. Who knows what sort of back doors to that thing there are.
Is my computer spying on me??? IS IT!?!?!?!?
So I went into the control panel and disabled it. I also placed a strip of electrical tape over it. HA! SPY ON ME NOW!
I still need a copy of XP so I can attempt to repair the files on the Dell. It is still a perfectly good machine. And it has a lot of stuff on it. I can get to the programs and files on it - no problem. Nothing was lost. But I would like to get it functional anyway. What the hell.
It is good to be back with a functional laptop. Even if it is running Vista. Being tied to the desktop machine seems so 1988. Or was it 1989? When I had a 8088 processor running at 8 mhz. 12 mhz if you kicked it into "turbo" mode. But at least it had a VGA card. WOW!! 256 colors!! NEAT!!
Beat the shit out of the 16 colors on EGA cards, or the 8 colors with CGA.
Ironically, the operating system that thing ran - DOS 3.2, was MUCH more stable and reliable than Windows XP or Vista.