The problem with proprietary programs
Posted on March 9th, 2010
During the day I worked on a variation of the bitmap handling library. I noticed a few dozen ways to speed it up and/or simplify it while testing the last version, so I simply started a new leaner version.

Shortly after lunch I felt like playing an old game, just because. While installing it in the XP VM, I wondered if there had ever been a sequel, and began to search the net. I ended up buying the sequel and a hand full of related games on Amazon. Due to their age, they were dirt cheap. The sequel in particular was available as a 4-games-for-the-price-of-one deal. So I got 4 games for $8. I also picked up an old game I used to own to see if I could get it running in a VM for good nostalgic fun.

The evening however, was a frustrating mess. Since I'd just picked up those old titles, I figured it would be best to have a Windows 98 VM ready in case XP can't run 'em. Getting the 98 VM to run was a Herculean feat. After about 5 failed attempts and spending close to four hours going over every step, I finally succeeded. I think. We'll see if the bloody thing still boots tomorrow.

The link of the day was also an exercise in patience -- for both the officer that fielded this ticket and the writer of the article. Not your average car accident
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