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google desktop and pidgin to the rescue

My windows machine is now Vista.

Why? After the failed installation of Office 2007, installed as an upgrade from Office 2003, I was unable to create any more charts in Excel. Apparently there is no fix for this and no matter how many un-installations and installations of Office you do after that, or muck with the registry files, its not going to come back to life.

The solution, backup your data, reformat and install Vista. The vista performance index of my Dell Latitude D620 N series is 3. Although it is quite capable of running all the Aero stuff. that gave me a bit of a headache, so I set it to max performance and put all the classic features.

So far, the major downsides to Vista apart was with the live search (which of course doesn't find anything) and also live messenger. Coincidentally, both tools have the word Live in it, so maybe its the same bunch of people with another different installation of windows.

Anyways, not going to go through the whole hassle of another re-install, I decided to use 2 things that I know works. Google desktop to replace Live search and Pidgen (formally Gaim) for Messenger. At least Google desktop gives some responses rather than just hang on indexing and Pidgen does more than just MSN.

Although I expected massive compatibility issues, so far its been good, I'm using the 32 bit version. Oh, and yay, I can actually create an Excel chart now.

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