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My main machine at home has been completely owned by spyware. I feel like such a moron for letting it happen, but what’s done is done. After fighting it on every front imaginable (yes, I tried that; and that too… yeah yeah, and all of those!) and calling in my paternal IT support; all to no avail, I backed up what little data was on my Apps drive (seperate HDDs for data and apps is a Good Thing!) and whiped it clean.

Now the fun part — installing Ubuntu, the plethora of applications I need and XPpro under VMWare server. Hopefully VMWare server will give enough juice to XP to run Photoshop, as that’s the only reason I need Windows these days. It’s at this point that I’m oh-so-happy I chose Internode as my ISP; their Ubuntu mirror server allows me to apt-get install everything I need at lightning pace without affecting my bandwidth quota.

Windows will never again have access to my master boot record. Move on Windows, you’re no longer welcome here.

How MS Visio crushed my spirit

Two days. TWO FREAKIN’ DAYS spent drawing up UML application design doc’s using textbook accurate symbols and language. Use Cases, Deployment Diagrams, ERDs, piles of Sequence Diagrams; all gone.

Fuck you Visio; I’m uninstalling you from my work system and my home system and I can guarentee that you will not make it into the next revision of our Developer’s Software Toolkit at work. That’s 12 less copies of your bloated ass cludging up our workflow. Not even a drop molecule in the M$ ocean, but a good start.

Now I just need to find an alternative…

All suggestions welcome 🙂