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Who The Hell Still Runs XP?

Topics: Technology | 1 CommentBy admin | December 27, 2010

Well, um, that would be me. And after a holiday data tragedy, I re-installed it. With a thumb drive.

If you’re a regular visitor of Dissociated Press, you may have noticed that for the first time since June 2008, we missed a day without announcing it. That’s because we were busy having a Merry Crashmas. Yes, while all of you were sitting around in your jammies Sunday playing with all the fun gifts we suggested for the holidays, we were unwrapping our little gift, a major system crash. Is it just me, or do hard drives always fail right after an extended period of hard work during which you keep telling yourself “I really should do a backup. Yeah. I’ll do it tomorrow for sure” and then dig back into your work at 5am on the Sunday after Christmas? Okay, it doesn’t always happen at 5am on the Sunday after Christmas. But when it does, you find out interesting things. Like, “Best Buy sucks”, and “wow I didn’t know ATA DVD drives were so rare these days”, and “wow, I didn’t know a DVD drive problem could cause a hard drive failure”. Actually they probably can’t. Our IT department (that would be me) has a hunch that it was a power surge, but whatever. An experience like this teaches you a lot of things. In addition to what I’ve already mentioned, you learn that your nerdy friend who says callous things like “WHO THE HELL STILL RUNS XP?” to you when you’re in the middle of a data tragedy isn’t really all that smart, because apparently 74% of businesses still do . You also learn that if you installed XP with a new disc in 2007, you will have at least 89 Windows updates to make. And you learn that your Mac laptop and your thumb drive are your friends. And that you can probably live without the 60 gigabytes of music you didn’t have backed up. We pointed out a while back that you don’t have time to listen to it anyway. You also learn that installing XP from a thumb drive takes approximately 164 minutes. That must be why guides like this put you through the rigmarole that they do. I just copied the XP disc to a thumb drive using my Mac laptop, set my windows machine to boot from a flash drive, ran a couple of simple command prompts, and waited. And waited. It took a long time, but I had plenty, since I had a week’s worth of work to recreate. We’ll be back tomorrow, after we finish sobbing over lost data. In the meantime, we highly recommend this incredibly cheap Samsung DVD drive and this equally insanely cheap Seagate 1 Terabyte external drive. Yes, that’s a TERABYTE for a hundred bucks. Think of the tragedy you might prevent for the price of a good bottle of Scotch or a few nights at the movies. UPDATE: After a solid one year run, we’re doing it again. This time without the thumb drive. And we’re bringing this machine into the 21st century with a GIGABYTE GeForce 6200 GV-N62-512L Video Card and a G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit

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