2009/09/26: "Artoo Deetoo, you know better than to trust a strange computer!"
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Douglas Adams once remarked, "Humans, who are almost unique in their ability to learn from the mistakes of others, are also noteworthy for their apparent disinclination to do so." I generally like to modify this to "... ability to learn from mistakes which do not cause immediate pain," since some people also refuse to learn from their own mistakes. Such as, in this case, me.
To whit: I very stupidly opened a somewhat suspicious file, unleashing a trojan on my system. I have thus spent the past two hours (well, about 40 minutes of which was spent on my bike while stuff just ran) fixing things. This included needing to repair the Windows XP installation. And now I can't reinstall Windows Update, my antivirus, or my firewall. This is seriously infuriating, and I have only myself to blame. I'm gonna wait a bit, then I'm gonna reinstall XP with a full reformat. Fuck.
EDIT: Okay, I've reformatted everything, and what with one backup and another, I've lost nothing except for my Photoshop install. This'll be only a little bit ... anyway, the latest comic will be delayed.