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Signs and wonders

Last night right before I went to bed, my spiffy new Dell XPS got hung up while installing a Windows XP update. Foolishly I decided to kill the power rather than wait to see if it would unhang itself.

Then this morning, on start-up, the machine immediately froze, stating that the "Win 32 Generic Host" had become frotzed and had to close. Naturally I assumed the worse -- I'd screwed up the operating system somehow -- and a half hour of panic ensued. I figured at the very least, I'd have to reinstall Windows, something I've never done before.

However, enough functionality remained that XP was able to contact the mothership while I was freaking, and download a patch that unfrotzed whatever had become frotzed -- following my third reboot attempt, the machine suddenly announced "Update successfully installed," and since then, it's been working just fine.

That's right, my Windows OS spontaneously healed itself. I am expecting Jesus for afternoon tea.

(I know that the Mac users out there will be tempted to make snide comments at this point. I refer you preemptively here.)


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Feb. 18th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Not just the Mac users ...
I am shocked, and somehow I am certain this self-healing won't be permanent - after years of self-damaging ... :).

Have fun with your borderline OS.

Cheers Albrecht

.o0( incredible I wrote a whole post without mentioning the greatest OS on earth [UBUNTU] )
Feb. 18th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
i find the way that Windows calls home all the time to be incredibly creepy. did you notice that it automagically installed IE 7 unless you stopped it?
Feb. 18th, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
No, but I never use IE except on websites that give Firefox trouble, so I wouldn't necessarily know if it had updated.

What's this Ubuntu thing I keep hearing about?
Feb. 18th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
Ubuntu is a linux distribution. (and you are secretly using IE - it's the engine that renders the music guide in Rhapsody. it's also the engine for most software Help.)
Feb. 19th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Ubuntu is a linux distribution.

Oh, another pagan operating system. It's well-named, then.
Feb. 19th, 2007 12:40 pm (UTC)
*bites tongue*
Aug. 22nd, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
I just say one word: Linux! ;)
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