>Squeaky new OS, and writing progress

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A couple of days ago, I installed Windows 7 on my laptop. See, when I bought this thing, it had Vista on it, and I hated it. Oh, I could see the potential, but it’s such a resource hog that doing anything was a big pain. Before I wiped it, it actually took ten minutes to shut down. We won’t talk about how long it took to boot up.

Well, I found a deal online, where students with a .edu email address can get a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional for $30. For $30? Why the heck not. The reviews from friends who have used it have been good, so I decided to take the plunge.

Oh. Em. Gee.

It’s what Vista SHOULD have been. It’s fast, responsive, and shiny.  It does cool things, and my laptop is running the way its specs say it should.

It put me a little bit behind on my word count, setting everything up, but overall, I’ve installed a LOT of operating systems (some multiple times) and this was by far the smoothest, fasted install and setup yet. I’m very impressed, and for the first time, I’m going to give Micro$oft props for not blowing yet another OS.

On the NaNo front, last night I broke 40k.  My aim is 50k by the weekend, and to continue beyond as far as I possibly can. I’m getting into the meat of a new story, and things are really starting to roll.

I’m also competing with Snark.Gallant; we’re running neck and neck, and I’m hoping to overtake him tonight. 😉 Of course, he hasn’t updated for the night, so the bastard has likely added a few more thousand. A worthy opponent indeed.

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