Joe,

Doesn't running software "professionally" include backups?
This is not a great solution, but I use a utility called ghost
at work (at home I use a tape backup). I backup and send
the image to another PC (40 Gig hard drives are cheap)
before any major install. It takes about 1/2 hour to run a full
backup of my system, after spending about 5 minutes to
start it. If I do this during lunch there is very little lost time. If

I have a problem, I then burn a bootable CD with the image
and reload, which takes about 1 an hour. I have only had to
do this twice, but in those cases I am sure it saved 10 times
over reloading the system from scratch.

David Morris

>>> joepluta@PlutaBrothers.com 01/17/02 05:30PM >>>
...
My take on the issue of "just reloading" is that I've got to reload a
bunch
of utilities, getting the registration numbers and so on.  Then I have
to
reset every one of my defaults, such as how folders work.  Not to
mention
reconfiguring TCP/IP and any other communications.  And re-establishing
any
shares I might have, including shared devices.

My biggest problem, though, is something more fundamental: the fact
that
people all over the world think that "professional" software is so
lacking
in quality that it's "normal" to have to completely erase everything
you've
done and rebuild it from scratch.  In the real world, that would be
akin to,
what?
...
All I know is that, back in the day, if we were to deliver a program
that
wiped out all the user data, we were going to be looking for alternate
employment.  Today, the idea is "if all else fails, reload from
scratch".
It's a load of crap, and shame on us for tolerating it.

Ah well, I'm cranky.  My mail server was down all day.

I reloaded it from scratch.

Works like a charm.

>sigh<


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