My computer is slow.
Nah. Computers don't get slow. That's the beauty of electronics. They don't wear out. And they only die because of failed mechanical components (fans, hard drives).
Well then why does it take five minutes for Word to start up?
Simply? Because Windows has become bloated and slow.
Der! That's what I meant by 'my computer is slow'.
Yeah but it costs you $800 to replace your computer, it costs you $0 to replace Windows. That sleeve of ten discs that came with your computer is pure gold.
What, like replace XP with Vista?
Oh hell no. There's a huge difference between Windows on those discs and Windows on your computer. Windows on those discs is pure as snow, Windows on your computer has for several years managed your documents, photos, spyware, music, internet settings, installed applications, etc.
Okay so I want to replace the dirty old Windows on my computer with the pure Windows on the discs. How?
Burn all your important stuff onto cd/dvd - a very good habit to get into anyway.
Pop the system discs that came with your computer in.
Follow all the instructions for doing a reinstall.
Or just ask someone.
But technology changes so fast, isn't my computer out of date anyway?
Maybe five years after it was built. No sooner. Think of how fast everything was when you just bought the computer. Well the computer is still the same, the copy of Windows on the cd is still the same, the only thing different is that ugly copy of Windows on your computer.
Okay so the cd copy of Windows hasn't changed in two years, but what about Winamp, Excel, and Firefox?
They'd lose a lot of customers if their applications required cutting edge technology.
How often do I have to do this reinstall thing?
Less often than you have to change your oil. There are many factors that accellerate or inhibit Windows' demise:
How many apps you've installed.
Any heavyweight programs like antivirus software or something made by Real.
If it's a laptop.
Windows features like automatic backups and file indexing.I keep my computer squeaky clean, but every 12 months or so Windows just starts sucking. You know, when you click on 'Start' and have to wait a measurable time for the menu to pop up.
Why would Microsoft do this? Doesn't it hurt their business?
Explanation 1: Their programmers just aren't very good.
Explanation 2: It's a great business model. Joe Consumer's 'computer gets slow' so he buys a new one. Clearly he is not faulting Microsoft because he's going to Dell or IBM for the replacement. And with that replacement comes another copy of Windows. Cha-ching.
Is it bad that I didn't know this?
Nope. I know quite a few programmers and computer science professors who buy new computers on a regular basis for this very reason. I dread the day I have to ask IT at my company for a reinstall disc.
What do you buy for the spoiled little brother who gets everything? Road rash, of course. So I put together a dirt biking excursion to Corral Canyon. We rented a CRF230, TRX250, and XR400 from Califorina Motorsport. They were pretty good to rent from.
The timing and location was great:
The weather was clear and cool.
It wasn't too far from San Diego proper.
There was a good variety of roads, trails, and jumps.
It wasn't crowded at all, which was especially good considering the low-visibility corners.
The atv turned out to be the most popular, indeed it drifted like a champ. It did, however, have a propensity for rolling as Connie and Ray discovered. The 230 enjoyed almost as much demand and claimed the epidermi of Ty and Ted. The 400 was only mounted by bold and bucked Erik as, mid-jump, he received a fateful call from Matthew (see video).
And I think a record was set for the longest string of coherent 'that's what she said's when we loaded the vehicles back on the trailer.
And I thought studio photography was tricky. Pretty much everything has to be in perfect concert for these night shots to work out. This time I had the right equipment and personnel. But alas 20kt winds kicked up and destroyed the early evening surf. We postponed a few hours and though it was better, the break was still trashy.
The water was warm and the lighting setup made focusing easy. But there just weren't any good opportunities to snag good shots. The only other slight complication was not adequately communicating to the flasher which side the slave sensor was on - but that was moot.
It's pretty clear from the shots: plenty of light and no focus issues. But nothing more than ugly whitewater.
It was however strange to get back from a surf session at 1 am.
The drive shafts came out with the aid of a prying bar.
It looked like someone had dooked in my cv joints, but I'm pretty sure that's not actually the case.
I picked up a couple reman shafts from Kragen. They looked to match up perfectly save four a couple missing dust shields. The investigation continues.
And while the spindles are out, why not replace the bearings? Well there are a couple reasons but I decided to anyway.
They require a few special tools and a lot of hassle so I defaulted to outsourcing. Firestone nearby wouldn't do 'em without the rest of the car, which would present a logistical difficulty. Pepboys all the way down in Clairemont replaced them for $35/side.
Now I'm waiting on rims and tires, pads and rotors.
This adventure brought to you by the letter E and the number 10.