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Oh, somebody left me a shrew today


I’m hoping it wasn’t Uncle B.

Cat and mouse from the 14th Century chapel in St. Mary Magdalene Church, Newark, Nottinghamshire. Pinched from FaceBook. I feel like a villain not giving credit more explicitly, but I try to keep People FaceBook and Weasel FaceBook separate.

Yeah, Weasel has more friends than I do. Thanks for asking.

Anyhoo, I inherited an old computer from work today. They were going to throw it away, so I thought I could put it up in my leetle art room.

Anybody remember how to speak XP?


Comment from bad cat robot
Time: November 15, 2016, 10:12 pm

XP, eh? I speak most versions of Compooter. Even, for my sins, 3.11 and WinMe. I had to test software on them. *twitches*. And they wonder why I drink…

Comment from dissent
Time: November 15, 2016, 10:15 pm

I still have an old xp system that I pulled off of my network. Just keeping it around to plat Descent.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: November 15, 2016, 10:55 pm

My old workhorse system, a Sony Vaio desktop, finally passed away this year after 17 years of loyal service (and a trip in a balikbayan box from Florida to Manila). It had XP on it, which I miss terribly. I tried to put XP on my new system, but Microsoft stopped the updates and registration. GRRRR. Now I’m using Windows 10 and I swear MS has figured out how to warp space and time because some _really_ strange things happen sometimes on systems with Win10. Oh, well.

Comment from bikeboy
Time: November 15, 2016, 11:57 pm

As a longtime observer and tech-support geek, IMO XP was the pinnacle. Each subsequent version has added bells and whistles, AND COMPLEXITY… a less-stable product than XP Pro. Bikeboy’s Law (a little like Murphy’s): “We have made things so complicated, that something is ALWAYS broken. We just hope it’s not something serious.”

Comment from BJM
Time: November 16, 2016, 12:14 am

You can get a XP for Dummies at Amazon and here’s short but useful XP cheat sheet:


I use retired XP boxes on our internal network mainly as file and printer servers. However the XP boxes are behind a hardware firewall, I wouldn’t recommend using an aged XP box online…too many open ports and exploits…and a hand me down box could be loaded with all sorts of baddies. I’d recommend keeping it offline…but it can still be very useful…especially if you have older game CDs that no longer run on Win8/10 (depends on the video card).

However one must have a current game box so I lumber along with Win10. I’ve disabled everything I can and it still pisses me off daily.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: November 16, 2016, 12:16 am

I play Civ IV, Panzer General II and a few other games on an XP.
Forget about internetting on it. All browsers out today use almost all the memory.
Unless it still has Netscape. That actually still works pretty well.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 16, 2016, 1:32 am

XP was pretty good for a MS product, but I’ll always have a chip on my shoulder over NT Workstation, the only real-world operating system MS ever published. Some box in my stash still contains my fully licensed NT WS V2.0 CD which would allow me to upgrade anything to whatever the current version of NT was. I even had SCSI tape drives and CD changers…at home. I think I’ll go and cry myself to sleep now.

Comment from Emperor Misha I
Time: November 16, 2016, 1:33 am

It’s pretty much just like speaking 7, Weasel, you just speak veeeeeery sloooooooowly.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: November 16, 2016, 3:27 am

I really liked XP and Win 7 was Okay. Win 8 soured mt grapes and Win 10 locked up my Sony. I am now an Apple guy by default… at least it doesn’t piss me off on a daily basis

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: November 16, 2016, 5:35 am

What’s with the NHS closing hospitals and A&E services to “save money.” I thought the whole thing was that “government knows better than the ordinary bloke what his money needs to be spent on.”
I’m guessing “A&E” means “Ambulatory and Emergency” but would someone who knows confirm? I searched but I guess I’m supposed to know a priori since it wasn’t divulged in five minutes of googling.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: November 16, 2016, 5:54 am

Windows XP you say? My bank complained about my vista computer being no longer supported, and I should come back later when I had a new computer.

After ten weeks of agonizing over the purchase, I got a Windows 10 desktop. It was a mistake. Shoulda just got off the ‘net completely.

Microsoft stuffed so much data down my pipe that it caused financial distress, and hard feelings among family members with whom I shared a data plan.

I think its the online advertising and microsoft’s unbelievable ten gigabyte updates. It takes ten megabytes just to connect to the ‘net.

Had to install another browser because there doesn’t seem to be any way to stop the ads in Microsoft’s browsers.

I have nothing good to say about Windows 10.

Comment from caseyreno
Time: November 16, 2016, 10:48 am

There’s an XP registry hack for security updates ’til 2019, though updates are few and far between.

XP Update registry hack

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: November 16, 2016, 3:41 pm

And now for something completely different.

Donald Trump on a trumpoline.


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: November 16, 2016, 4:12 pm

I had Win2k which I loved. When computer died, I had to get one quick and couldnt find XP so ended up with Vista. What crap! None of my peripherals would work with it so it cost me lots o $$$ to replace them.

Comment from Niña
Time: November 16, 2016, 9:08 pm

A&E is accident and emergency, or so says my British nurse son-in-law.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 16, 2016, 9:45 pm


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: November 17, 2016, 1:30 am

@ Niña,
Thank you.

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