Technological Dissonance: I am weak

— 12:42 AM on July 6, 2001

FORGIVE ME LINUS, for I am weak. While I feel much shame for my weakness, there's even more shame in trying to deny it. Perhaps I can atone by telling my story and admitting my weakness to the world. Oddly enough, I think it's a world that shares the same weakness, at least for the most part.

You see, I had this old computer kicking around on which I fully intended to stick Windows NT 4. The machine was to become as a utility server of sorts, running backups, doing rudimentary web and ftp serving, and acting as a dumping ground for odd files. Sounds simple enough, right? Being a tech geek of sorts, and having listened to Linux banter for years, I figured maybe it was time I gave the penguin a shot.

Well, as I write this, it's NT 4 running on that anemic, old machine rather than the copy of Mandrake Linux I downloaded for the purpose. It's not that I didn't try, because I did. I didn't even encounter many problems. But, for a couple of reasons, I gave up on the process. Part of me feels like I should be apologizing for my weakness. At the same time, however, part of me also feels vindicated by my decision.

Am I really that weak? Should I have tried harder? Should I have not bothered at all? Is my experience much like what would have happened to you? Read on and find out.

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