Reflections on Supporting A Windows PC

I was tasked to clean a friend’s Windows PC of viruses and malware tonight, which led to writing and tweeting the following haikus:

Your Windows PC,
so full of crapware it hurts,
cannot be repaired.

USB device
is not detected at all.
Why does Windows suck?

Whoever told you
256 megs RAM is enough
should be head-shot. Twice.

Little yellow blurb:
“Network cable is unplugged,”
even though it’s not.

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My Life With My Asus Eee PC: Day One

Today was my first full day with my new Asus Eee PC (4Gb Galaxy Black, without the webcam, stock 512MB RAM, with an 8GB SDHC card and a 4GB flash drive). It was actually delivered yesterday, but I had to work until 7:00 pm and so didn’t get to unbox and start playing with it until around 9:00 pm.

Let me just get this out of the way right now: I love it. I love it, I love it, I love it. I haven’t been this excited about a new computer in a long, long time.

The first challenge was getting it to recognize my wireless network at home. I have two: one 802.11b network with no password protection (for guests), and another 802.11g network with WPA security enabled (for my machines). For some reason, the Eee PC repeatedly failed to connect to the WPA-protected network last night, so I was forced to use my slower unsecured network. Tonight, however, the Eee PC is inexplicably connecting to my WPA-protected network with no problem. Weird, but I’m not complaining. Continued after the jump.

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