Sunday, September 3rd, 2000 #156
The Attack on Dr. Wily The Curse
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Now I know where I stole this joke from. It's the South Park movie, where the general is attempting to showcase the battle plan, but the Pentagon computer crashes. The general swears, much like Dr. Wily hear, and then shoots Bill Gates in the head. It was nerd fantasy fulfillment, especially if you hate Windows.

At the time this comic was made, my computer was running Windows 98 Second Edition. Some of you might remember the hullabaloo following Windows 98's initial release, and how unstable it was. Most of this was supposedly corrected in Windows 98 SE, but like all versions of Windows at the time, it was pretty unstable and crashed a lot. But then, it was Windows; that's just what Windows did. Hell, one time I even had Windows 98 crash during installation. Granted, it had nothing to do with Windows, but it still makes for a good story.

(In case you're wondering, it was bad memory.)

Anyway, I mention this because I think those of us currently using Windows XP don't realize how good we have it. When I first upgraded to Windows XP, I was amazed at how "stable" it was. And by "stable" I mean that while individual programs still crashed, they don't take the whole system with them as would typically happen with previous versions. Instead of the good ole Blue Screen of Death, a little pop-up window would show up, telling you something crashed and blame it on anything other than Windows.

In fact, I had grown so used to the "stability" of Windows XP that I was surprised when a BSoD showed up a while back. I just wasn't used to monumental crashes like that anymore. Still doesn't mean I like Windows. I just can't switch to anything better because I can't get Wine to work, and I needs me my Photoshop.

(In case you're wondering, it was bad memory then, too.)
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