Let me simply note for the record that the designers of Windows NT have now wasted another 5 hours of my life. Today I spent the afternoon — from noon to 5 p.m. — reinstalling Windows NT and the MapGuide server that drives the mapping functions on www.gov.pe.ca. By my count, I had to wait for Windows NT to restart sixteen times in total.
Windows NT needs to be reinstalled every time you blink. Change the computer name, restart. Change the IP address, restart. Install some software, restart. Uninstall some software, restart.
It’s as if the designers assumed users would buy their computer, install the operating system once, and then use the computer in that state forever. At least I hope that’s what they assumed, because if it was somehow considered okay to have users wait 5 minutes every so often for Windows NT to get its bearings, well, that’s a sad reflection on their design goals.
In any case, install went off generally without a hitch (which is unusual) and we should be back in the MapGuide business shortly.