It's time to go to bed, but I'm still up. And while my Thinkpad is quietly doing its thing (and certainly taking its time), my old Sony serves as a typewriter. What's going on?
A while back I posted about updating my systems. While the verdict was clear (linux easy, windows hard), I was nevertheless quite delighted with the automated updating tool that lenovo provides - lenovo of course being the Chinese company that bought IBM's PC operations shortly after I bought my notebook. Turns out I was delighted prematurely.
Right at the time of the earlier post, I installed the ThinkVantage Client Security Solution, a piece of software that would make use of the security chip built into my computer and keep evil-doers at bay. Not that I'm surrounded by evid-doers, I just gullibly clicked yes when I was asked whether to install the long list of updates and improvements. And that's probably how the Chinese Secret Service took over my computer (Chinese smart, Andreas stupid), because when I tried to boot the next time, all I saw was a little box telling me that the security system is blocked from interacting with the operating system. Fine.
I was locked out of my computer. That's not too tragic, as linux keep running (and outperforming). But I paid good money for Microsoft Office and Adobe CS and would like to use this software. I needed to get Windows back working.
The smart user that I sometimes imagine I am, I do regular back-ups. I plugged my external hard-disk in, booted the Acronis recovery CD and discovered two things. (Bad news comes in pairs, at least.) First, the latest images of drive C were unreadable because created with a newer version of Acronis than the recovery CD was made with. Second, the oldest image was readable but compromised and thus useless.
Luckily, I found an unused hard disk floating about in my apartment. I put it into my laptop and installed Windows on in with the help of four IBM recovery CDs. Then, which means two hours and about three dozen reboots later, I reinstalled the newest version of Acronis and checked the backed-up images. Five minutes into the process, I started this post, and now the progress bar warns me that three more hours remain. I give up for tonight. Maybe tomorrow morning will greet me with better news. Good night.