If there’s anything that has been the most ironic in my move to my nation’s capital, it would be that… I am back on Windows.
While I still have my Macbook “Sayuri” with me, I am back on Windows XP because the modem connection is here on my cousins’ computer, which is, as expected, on Windows XP.
So far, my stay here on WinXP had been generally pleasant, considering that I had been agonizing over it before. I still have to haul off my cousins’ virii at times, and there are days that I really miss Exposé, especially when I am on multi-windows mode. I also miss the fact that on OS X, I can drag just about anything to anywhere.
I amused myself at my own antics when I was out configuring this thing. I spent around two ours getting my system to look right: I had to have it in Classic mode, with the brown theme (the theme name is actually Brick), and the background of the logo of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf I think. I also had to have it in a certain resolution, and I chose 960×600. My Firefox extensions had to be in place, too, and Foxmarks was foremost on my list. And I would never live without my Yahoo Mail Ajax thingies and in-browser mail notifiers! Then I configured the taskbar so that I could see the Show Desktop icon, removed some program icon/shortcuts from the Start Menu, installed the dial-up connection speed enhancer, and started catching up on email.
There are a few things I must concede: I missed Windows. Next thing is that I realized that Windows XP could be run at zippy speeds on a 2GHz processor. And I must also say that Word 2007 is pretty pretty. : )
It was here in my cousins’ computer that I first tried Word 2007. While before I had complained how ugly the Word of the Office Suite released with XP was (after Office 2003), This one is very pretty. I just have to fumble with the interface a bit, as the interface is radically different from Word 2003, on which I am used to.
On the whole, my stay on XP was pleasant, and it’s pretty humbling, after how I’ve bellyached about Windows before. I just have to install ClamWin in here, as I’ve noticed how one of my cousins just ignores the virus warnings when they pop up. Bad, crazy kid. Hmph.
But as it is, I’m happy on a zippy, non-corrupted (as yet) Windows XP system.. Until the day that I can work on Sayuri again, she’ll temporarily be a glorified media player. :p