For months, I have been putting up with occasional reboots when my mp3's wouldn't play. (256MB? Not enough memory, my arse...)
So I rebooted.
Well... tonight, I rebooted... again... and went to play my MP3's.
It still wouldn't play.
So I rebooted.
......Um. Something's wrong.
Something was loading before I got going that was making my PC suck.
So I basically disabled every damn thing that started up automatically when my PC did.
...and, lo, verily it did still suck, and there was a mighty gnashing of teeth.
Fortunately, I found this... eventually.
As if I didn't know, it was the OS that sucked... or a part thereof. Not that I didn't have power management already turned off. It doesn't take a genius to realize that having your system freeze after being left alone for a bit probably has something to do with power management. Still, something about it just being there, seemingly inactive in my sys.ini, made everything suck... so it has been officially castrated.
Yes, I am compelled to work in a Wintel world, and I do, infact, like having a computer that is designed to natively run all the "big titles" ...but what about all the little quirky titles? Software for the Windows platform is there... lots of it. But it's also stagnant. After all, why innovate? If you create innovative software for the Windows platform that actually benefits a lot of people, odds are that Microsoft will release their version within a year... and despite how monumentally uncreative Microsoft is, the software may just run a little faster and play a bit nicer with the OS... Why? Because they own the OS.
I miss my old desktop at Cadence. Power Mac on my left... PC on my right... Sparcstation in the middle.
My next computer will be a laptop. I was thinking about going with a Sony, but I think I'll go for the tasty new Powerbook, aka Mercury! I need something I can actually be productive on and that will encourage me to do a bit more audio and video production again... and maybe I'll also install Linux on my old Pentium.
I will be multiplatform again... I'll even figure out how to make them play nicely together! Now if I can only find a way to get some very pricy Mac software very reasonably. hm. I've decadent tastes when it comes to multimedia...