Fooling with the graphics and the preliminary layout was certainly time-consuming, but what was more worrisome was the noticeable slowdown in The Brutes response. Sluggish is about the nicest thing I could call it. But I did finally get the thing made and sent, and staggered off to bed for four hours of sleep...more than Id had in a night since last weekend. The nightmare began after I woke up, though.
When I turned on the system this morning, Windows refused to load properly. The system would freeze partway through, and it seemed to be getting worse the more I tried, so after exhausting all other options I could think of, I finally very reluctantly decided to reinstall Win95, again. That was at half-past one or so. Now, after another exasperating session of trying to make this so-called operating system live up to its name, I have gotten it to the point where the system is barely usable. No sound, nothing better than standard VGA graphics (yes, VGA), crippled SCSI (good thing I dont need the scanner or those two SCSI drives tonight), and a modem that runs at no more than half its rated speed. And getting it this far took the better part of eight hours.
I now have enough rage pent up to last me well through Golden Week, at the very least. Since I dont want to risk any more crashes until I have the newsletter masters printed out, further frustrating effort to get hardware installed will have to wait until next weekend, or the one after. That should raise my ire level enough to keep me simmering well through the end of summer. Not being an excessively blood-thirsty fellow, let me take this opportunity to give everyone out there a friendly warning: dont mention Windows to me if you should meet me in person anytime soon, and whatever you do, dont introduce your friend the Microsoft employee to me. I refuse to be responsible for the consequences.
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