Corruption in the beam
Posted on March 21st, 2010
I spent most of the day working on getting the last two comics done and uploaded.

However, I also attempted to download a number of things. This failed: everything downloaded was corrupted and unrunnable. The one exception reports that it's missing files, but runs anyway.

I also looked things over and found out how to reformat this computer. Since it didn't come with recovery discs (you burn your own) I was concerned about installing things on Windows 7. After all, if something does go wrong, there's no OS replacement software to fix it. I did find the recovery system, so now I know where that OS replacement tool is.

As a result, I've moved a few things (Sauerbraten, Marathon, utilities etc) from the XP VM to Windows 7. Naturally the games play better. Also, I discovered a new mode in 'pot roast'; instead of fighting bots you fight off a small army of monsters, which is pretty neat.

I did try installing a few of the games that didn't work under XP. They work now, but it wasn't worth the effort. Bugger.

On the nostalgia side of things I installed a few games under Win 3.1 . The most notable of these programs was the old After Dark suite. Remember THAT? Probably not, as the average person online today wasn't born until a few years after it was obsolete.

Tomorrow I'm going to focus on getting a new module for Din up and coded.

The link of the day is an example of why beta testing games can be a bit frustrating.
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