I was on the road yesterday when my laptop decided to go into standby. After attempting to restart it, something happened to my Windows XP registry such that Windows Explorer wouldn’t start after re-booting. I was able to save the files on the hard drive using Task Manager and Internet Explorer — and then spent all morning doing a re-installation of Windows XP followed by re-installation of all of the programs, etc.

What a giant PITA this is. One of these days, the folks at Microsoft are going to figure out how to make this painless. In the meantime, it’s ugly, damn ugly. There were several moments throughout the day today when I almost bolted for the Apple Store in Palo Alto to pick up a new TiBook and abandon this Windows nonsense forever!

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