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08 August 2002 @ 02:44 pm
As I type, I am wishing that I could uninstall Quick Time. I can't uninstall it because some damn program which uses it (probably aol) is running. Even if I did uninstall it, I'm probably just going to have to download it again, but the return of my Midi Issue is making me very cranky, so any program that rubs the wrong way (as QuickTime does telling me to upgrade for a mere 30 bucks) risks getting tossed. So the hell what if aol can't find the files it needs to play whatever and I have to reinstall aol for that to work just because I uninstalled RealPlayer. Dammit, it was bugging the hell out of me with the flashing on my toolbar crap. -_-

So I find a page on the Internet with some midis. I click on the links, which takes me to a page where QuickTime or something starts up and plays 'em. I like the midis. I download them. And lo and behold, what's this? They don't play in Winamp, Windows Media Player, or anything else. So now I'm even more irritated because I probably didn't have to get rid of those midis I loved (they're long gone now). Something is screwing things up, and I don't know what it is. I want to erase everything. -_-;
Current Mood: angryangry
Current Music: I WOULD be listening to a midi right now, but noooo ...
Look at Me, I'm a Winner!shippo on August 8th, 2002 08:43 pm (UTC)
It's the manufacturer's responsibility to provide working drivers for operating systems. If I had bought a webcam and it didn't work under Windows 2000, I would have raised hell with the manufactureer.
Kain aka That Evil Guynanikore on August 8th, 2002 09:19 pm (UTC)
Let's see. What's going to work right away?

1. Raise hell with the manufacturer, and hope that by some measure of miracle a driver is going to pop up

2. Install software that would actually work with it

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm tough one
Look at Me, I'm a Winner!: Foxieshippo on August 8th, 2002 09:23 pm (UTC)
You're forgetting the: "Pay $200 to be able to legally install software that would actually work with it" and the "Waste several hours removing useless junk that XP installs, and tweaking to make the OS actually usable."

If I were in your situation, I wouldn't be willing to do that for a webcam. I'd just as soon complain to the manufacturer. Besides, XP doesn't work properly with my PDA.
Kain aka That Evil Guynanikore on August 8th, 2002 10:21 pm (UTC)
Not really just for a webcam... even though I'm not about to give up that cam- it's a nifty cam that doubles as a crappy mobile digicam. That feature did come in handy a few times.

I don't have to do a whole lot for the home networking. Networking is simpler. Plus it easier to continue a broken network connection (sometimes I forget to turn the cable modem on before I boot up windoze)

Some of the games I played didn't work on Win2k even with the "compatibility update".

I do actually use some of the "useless junk" on XP. Like that configuration backup. Some people like that feature, and I'm one of them. It did save me from some screwups.

Usable? Define "usable". It's "usable" to me...
Look at Me, I'm a Winner!shippo on August 8th, 2002 10:42 pm (UTC)
Things I must do to make XP "usable"
1.) Disable web content in folder windows
2.) Re-enable the "classic" view in control panel
3.) Turn on the "classic" start menu
4.) Turn on the quick launch tray
5.) Turn on the status bar in explorer/internet explorer windows
6.) Disable systray icon hiding
7.) Tell windows to show me hidden files, and file extensions
8.) Turn off the Visual Styles service, and all of the other unnecessary visual effects (except ClearType)
9.) Change the color scheme in HKEY_Users/.Default, so dialogs when the system is starting don't look strange
10.) Get rid of MSN Explorer and forcibly uninstall Windows messenger
11.) Get rid of that dog "agent" that shows up in the search panel
12.) Disable "system restore," because its a waste of disk space
13.) Set file associations for video files from wmplayer.exe to mplayer2.exe
14.) Install the necessary patches to plug up gaping security holes
15.) Disable automatic updates
16.) Various other little tweaks and disabling various other "features" that I can't stand.
Look at Me, I'm a Winner!shippo on August 8th, 2002 10:44 pm (UTC)
Ugh.. slipped and hit Post too soon...

... continued.
Oh well, I'm not a fan of Windows XP, and it really doesn't suit me for what I use my computer for. If you like it and it works better for you, use it. It's all a matter of personal preference.
Kain aka That Evil Guynanikore on August 9th, 2002 11:58 am (UTC)
That's the definition of "usable" to you though.

Many of the items I see involve aesthetics.