Happy New Year’s Eve!

Posted: December 31, 2004 in Uncategorized

Well, Jeni and I didn’t get invited to any exciting parties this year (we are just SO unpopular as of late…), and we didn’t make any plans of our own, so we may just stay home and watch a movie. I suppose it beats hitting the road with a bunch of drunk drivers out there. Besides, now that we live in Redmond, it’s a MUCH longer drive to downtown, as compared to when we lived in North Seattle. But it’s not even 7:30 yet, so something might get us out of the house tonight.

Got my home machine rebuilt, all the major software titles installed, and tweaked my Start menu…it took large chunks of the last three days to do it. All I can say is THANK GOD for the image I made last year, and AutopatcherXP. I simply dropped an image I created last year of a totally clean OS install plus critical apps (which saved me countless hours of time right there), then booted up (disconnected from the ‘net, of course) and applied AutopatcherXP that I created a couple of months ago…which saved me MORE countless hours of downloading all the critical fixes from Windows Update. Autopatcher also includes Bootvis and several tweak utilities, as well as registry power tricks…what a great service from Jason Kelley, the guy who did Autopatcher, and it’s FREE: http://www.autopatcher.com. I just can’t give this guy enough praise. It took many more hours of installing other apps I use regularly, defragging, deleting stupid install temp files and stuff, but my image and Autopatcher saved me at least a day of my life, if not two. Now I have a nice new image, just as fast as what I initially created last year, and I’m set for the next year…until I rebuild this monster again.

Who am I kidding, I’ll rebuild it again in six months like I usually do…but at least next time it will be an even more complete image that I drop before building 🙂

Thanks to Nicole for pointing out how to drive more visitors to my blog. My gawd, I’ve only had this thing for a couple of weeks, and I’m already worried that nobody likes me. I guess I’m spoiled, considering my website never pushes less than a gig of transfer per month, I dunno… But Nicole’s always been more than happy to help me out when I need it, I suppose I should post in other people’s blogs…if nothing else than to let them know I visited.


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