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AAAAAAAAA!!!!!! Or, the last 90 minutes of my life. 
19th-Oct-2007 11:35 pm

So I decided to install AIM on my nice, shiny, new, green laptop so that I could chat with people who were online.  And I downloaded it, and I installed it.  And within moments of finishing the install, I realized 3 things:

Winamp was no longer functioning.

Google Desktop was no longer functioning.

And my wireless card was no longer functioning.  And I don't mean, "no networks have been detected" non-functioning.  I mean, "server error malfunction" non-functioning.  "You might as well not even have a wireless card" non-functioning.

So, tomorrow morning, I will be taking the laptop over to Micro Center and asking them to figure out what the fuck AIM has done to it.  And hopefully it will be something very very simple, because I've already become accustomed to being able to sit downstairs or on the porch with the laptop instead of being tethered to this computer in the bedroom.  And also because I've already spent a ludicious amount of money on this laptop.  And you know what?  Never once in my life have I had a single program install fuck up any piece of equipment this way.  That just makes the situation EVEN MORE FUN.

Also?  We are going out for a birthday celebration tomorrow for myself and another friend, and I was just asked to drive.  ME.  DRIVE.  TO MY OWN BIRTHDAY PARTY.  WHICH MEANS I WILL HAVE TO REMAIN SOBER.  ONCE AGAIN.  WTF, PEOPLE???  HUH???  I'm buying a damn Mini Cooper next year. I don't care if I can't afford it, I'm tired of everyone saying, "But yooooour car has the biiiiiigest back seat!"

Please excuse my ranting.  There's no one around whose head I can cut open for stress relief.

20th-Oct-2007 06:38 am (UTC)
Oh, don't feel guilty!!! No one forced me to do it. I suspect there is some kind of weirdo conflict with Windows freaking Vista, because everyone who has Vista seems to have weird problems, but uninstalling it didn't help anything and I don't want to risk messing up anything else so it's better to take it in and let some [hopefully geekily cute] computer geeks look at it. But I am used to being able to maintain all my electronics myself, so failing to do so brings out a very Sylaresque "MUST DESTROY SOMETHING ARRGGGHH" reaction in me.

I want to try to install AIM on my desktop to see if my theory that the problem is with Vista is correct, but if something goes wrong I will have no internet access at all, and then I will go catatonic...
20th-Oct-2007 08:01 am (UTC)
Ohhhh... you got Vista? Yeah, everyone I know who has it hates it. I'm sticking to XP. My grandma has it and I found it very confusing. Is it possible to like, change it to XP?
20th-Oct-2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
I had no choice - Vista is what they're putting on all the new computers now. I'd basically have to buy another copy of Windows, and that's too expensive. I don't like it (why does Microsoft feel the need to change how EVERYTHING works???) but this is the first time it's done something like this to me.
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