Rupert Goodwins' diary

Friday 23/02/2001Back in the office, and the RuCam is working splendidly. I can now stare out of my home office window while I'm in the office office, thus efficiently reverse-teleworking.

Friday
23/02/2001 Back in the office, and the RuCam is working splendidly. I can now stare out of my home office window while I'm in the office office, thus efficiently reverse-teleworking. Or is it reverse tele-shirking? Clearly, a whole new vocabulary is required. I am forced to employ a whole very old vocabulary later this afternoon, as I fight my way through more extended testing of that AMD 1.2GHz PC. There are a couple of benchmark results I don't quite understand, and so I switch between Windows 2K and ME on two separate hard disks. W2K behaves itself; Windows ME disgraces itself. At first, it refused to work with a network card, but as soon as I brave the world of PCI IRQ reservations it stops working altogether. Oh, safe mode's there... but mystery heaps upon mystery. Why does the Disable System Restore setting hidden away on the file system performance page refuse to stay unchecked, and why does it take ten seconds to move between screens? After half an hour of rigorously logical testing, I ascertain that either the computer or myself is going mad. A minimal installation works fine, an incremental change stops everything, removing the incremental change leaves a minimal installation... that doesn't work. It's Friday evening. Even computers know this. Time to go home.