Spring cleaning early this year.
The uber-goober-laptop isn't performing all that well lately. Mostly it just sits on my desk at work and tirelessly rips dvds all day. Today - I'm trying to burn 3 new movies and have made 6 coasters. Dammit anyway! Nothing is different since two days ago when it worked fine and I know it's not my dvd media. So since startup has slacked down to about 10 minutes (time for at least 3 ice ages), it's time to start with a blank slate. Thank goodness for the backup harddrive.
First order of business is XP2000, screw this "Vista" crap. If my software allowed it, I wouldn't use windows at all. No fuggin office suite this time around either. I haven't used that god-awful set of malware for at least a year. Then it's NOD32 to keep the viruses out, upgrades to the latest service packs, and some anti-spyware/adware stuff. Internet explorer will be supressed and firefox will proudly take it's place. Then the core suite of web-software I use: Photoshop, Illustrator & Dreamweaver. Then last but not least, the Dvd-ware that builds my collection. DVD Shrink and DVD Decrypter along with AnyDVD by Slysoft.
With a squeeky clean box, we'll see how those last 3 behave. I think that most of the problem is probably just residuals stuck in the reg files and other back alleys of the windows system. I liken windows to one of those morbidly obese people that can't get themselves out of bed anymore. There are all kinds of nasty hiding places between all those skin folds and they don't get cleaned out to often. It's a breeding ground for all kinds of left-over program bits and bugs.
So on with the insta-diet of a fresh reformat and install.