Rohit Khare (
Sat, 29 Mar 1997 02:11:45 -0500

Why, oh, why do I still use this shitcan OS Win95 when even the M$
lovers among us cry out NT4.0? The
little bugger was slurping data to a telnet log as I was rushing aboard
this flight, only to have its telephone
cord yanked and put to sleep. Once airborne, I wake it, the display
comes up, it 'burps' -- flashes the screen,
makes violent noises, usually reinstalls PC Card devices on the
pessimistic assumption everything always
changes -- and nothing.

No computer, just a picture of one. Three-fingered salute. Twice.
"Please wait for Windows to display the
Close Program dialog box". I wait, the picture comes up, "msgsrv32 [Not
Responding]". Now, I have no
idea what msgsrv32 is, but it's ALWAYS crashing. Daily. It freezes,
freezing my entire world. Sometimes,
if you kill it, you can keep going, because another zombie msgsrv comes
back to life. This time, I tried
again, but the mouse wasn't working. Neither was the keyboard: it had
mustered the strength to tell me it
didn't like me and expired. Remind me why I shouldn't shoot the

I reboot. Log file, nuked. Must have been in the write cache, but then,
there's no excuse for that, I was
dribbling megs of copy. Just guess that reliable FS operations are an
option. I wrote a furious note to Adam
complaining about shitty plug-and-pray promises -- I'd be better off
without the illusion, frankly.

But that's not this note, not. I had WinZip decompress a 1.6 mb Gzip
file in the background, and wham,
"Your computer has become unstable". Not Win95, nooo, not its fault.
Must be those nefarious Compaq
engineers. All my Netscape mail compose buffers, gone.

Frankly, Microsoft is the only vendor who understands their OS. Word95
is about the only usable app on
here, primarily because it's so paranoid about the OS, it logs every
keystroke to one of hundreds of
incrutable tmp files (would someone please potty-train this app?!)

Chinese wall, perhaps. Keeps the barbarians out. Just not clear which
side of the wall the barbarians are on!