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17 January 2008 @ 09:19 pm
Feralness, Ho!  

I forgot how thoroughly I loathe having to futz with setting things up on my computer at home. Particularly things with limited documentation (or documentation that expects that the reader already knows everything -- if I already knew it all, do you think I'd be wasting my time reading the documentation? Why, no! I'd be off doing whatever fun thing it is that this application/hardware/whatever enables me to do. Duh.)

For anyone wondering why I don't run Linux or adore Macs, it's because I really don't want to spend all evening fighting compatibility issues just to get things to work. I'm not saying that Windows is so perfect for everything working -- but at least it's the stuff that everyone tests on, so my odds are better. Yeah, I know that makes me a weak geek. Whatever.

Two nights of fighting my computer later have so far produced: an urge to destroy the world down to the last molecule, and... uh, not a lot else. I think I might finally have gotten the program I use to recompress stuff I record off TV to function -- but at the cost of destroying my ability to do subtitles. This is not progress in my opinion. Particularly not when I've ended up responsible for the timing on an episode AND am gone all weekend so I won't be able to spend that time futzing with it to fix the problem. Lo, my joy knows no bounds.

Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Cirdancirdan_havens on January 18th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC)
*shakes head* And people think tech writers are useless. Oh well. If you have to eat everything you kill, does that mean you'll eat all those molecules too? Might not taste too bad in molecular form.
The Gina: screamshipofools999 on January 18th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
I was just complaining about the Linux/Mac issue last night. I don't care how good a system it is in theory, I value compatibility more. Even to the point where I have to put up with the weaknesses of Windows, etc.

I do feel that Windows is more intuitive for me. If it doesn't work, there are things I can wiggle/do that get it back towards working again. It is a learning experience and I know what to do next time.

When I run into that problem with Mac, if it doesn't work, you have to have the secret codes to know how to solve it. I have seen Macs add things to their system to solve some of the ones I run into (like getting a CD/disk out when the system doesn't recognize there is one inserted) but they aren't designed to work that way.

I am very grateful for the IT guys at work that keep my computer there working in full health.

I feel your pain.