I recently had to do a complete reinstall after my Windows 2000 installation started to seriously misbehave, and subsequently lost two partitions and some files in the process (grrr…). Luckily I managed to save most of my files from one of the partitions, which Windows thought was un-formatted and had no data.

The interesting part of the experience, however, is that this was the first time I’d done a reinstall with a computer connected to the Internet, so while during the install I unplugged the network connection, but afterwards I needed to connect to the Internet to download a service pack and do a windows update. This is where the problems started…

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I recently decided to invest in a upgrade for my old computer, which up for the last four years has been running at a measly 450mhz – not exactly state of the art these days.

Not wanting to mess around with a new motherboard, I bought a Powerleap slot-1 upgrade with a 1.4ghz Intel Celeron CPU from Jarep Data, as well as a GForce FX5600 card and 160GB hard drive from Komplett. The total cost was about 3500 kroner, which is not bad considering that this upgrade hopefully will might make this PC last a few more years…

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Kristen Nygaard, professor at the University of Oslo, passed away this weekend, at the age of 75. Together with Ole-Johan Dahl, who died in June, he was the inventor of Simula, the first object-oriented programming language. He was also one of the main people in the campaign against Norway joining the European Union in 1994.

This follows close after Edsger W. Dijkstra, who died from cancer on the 6th of August. That’s three great minds and recipients of the ACM Turing Award gone in a little more than a month. Sad indeed, and also a sign that the pioneers of the computing age are slowly passing away. Rest in Peace.