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Windows 7

October 26th, 2009 1 comment

I get the impression that the Windows 7 launch is a lot like seeing an old
girlfriend suddenly show up on your doorstep wanting to get back together.
She’s had some work done, apparently: stomach stapling to take off some of the
weight, breast augmentation, and a radical nosejob to make her look as much
like your current girlfriend as medical science will allow.

She’s pretty, of course, almost too pretty. She still wears far too much
makeup and carries that desperate look in her eyes. The fragrant haze around
her is the perfume she overuses to mask the scent of failure.

But standing there in that low-cut top, you’d almost forget for a moment what
a psycho she was- how she used to shut down in the middle of a date and forget
everything you were talking about and how she was only happy when you were
buying her things. You’d almost forget about carrying around her legacy
baggage or those nights when, for seemingly no reason at all, she would simply
stop speaking to you and when you asked what was wrong she’d just spit a
string of hex code at you and expect you to figure it out.

You complained about her for years before finally deciding to get rid of her,
and here she is again. Though, somehow she seems like a completely different
person now.

“I’m up here,” she says when she catches you staring at her chest.

Tempted though you may be, you know that over time she’ll get bored and slow
down on you just like she always does. And then you’ll be right back where you
started: trapped. She keeps you by convincing you that you don’t have a
choice. You’re just not smart enough for one option or rich enough to afford
the other.

“But I’m different now,” she says, batting her eyes innocently. “I’ve

Indeed she has. Apparently, she’s really into Cabala now or something like
that. It’s helped her discover loads of untapped potential in herself. But it
also means that you’ll have to buy all new furniture to fit with her
understanding of feng shui. That’s not the only change she has in store for
you. The minute you let her move in, she’ll have a new alarm system put in
that succeeds only in preventing your friends from coming over on poker night.

She doesn’t love you, but she doesn’t hate you, either. The truth is that she
couldn’t care less one way or the other. She’s here because she doesn’t want
to be alone. Like all human beings, especially those well past their prime,
she wants to feel wanted and, after a string of lost jobs and bad investments,
she needs a place to stay.

But all in all, she’s OK. She’s a seven. She’ll do, I guess.