Life 2.0 revisited

Eight years ago I wrote a totally nerdy version of installing LIfe 2.0. I was in the process of getting divorced and change jobs and build a new relationship with a guy who turned out to be a big-time a-hole whom I cut out of my life once and for all only a few months after writing this. I guess there’s always the possibility of getting some malware in your system when reinstalling and browsing for new apps. He definitely was malware and it took me some time and a new relationship to clean my system of all of the damage he did.

Life 2.0 hasn’t been quite as smooth running as I would’ve hoped, but never once have I looked back and thought I’d rather have continued with 1.0. Nope, no way, Jose. After several years of all sorts of hardships, my life together with Husband 2.0 (buggy too, but in a different way than 1.0 and more compatible with my system) is looking good. Looking like maybe things might be a bit easier and better in the future.

“What will we do with ourselves when we’re old and just the two of us?” asked Husband only yesterday, what with the house all empty with all teens gone currently. “Make nakkikeitto?” (That’s “wiener soup”, a very Finnish cheapo food) “Maybe, or just drink “keitto” and be all “nakit silmillä” all the time (i.e. drink booze and be drunk),” I laughed, for we don’t do nakkikeitto. Anyhow. Life is such an interesting operating system, that it tends to surprise you constantly so even with my rays of hope and my dreams and plans, no one knows where we’ll be in another eight years.

I pushed the red button. It sort of formatted my whole life. Now re-installation in progress, upgrading from Life v.1.0 to the new and enhanced Life v.2.0. Hopefully it is a bit more bug-free software. Wonder how modifyable it is, since there are quite a few const-type fields with set values. Nah, so far so good, the software seems to have quite a lot of possibilities. Been tapping all them radiobuttons during the installation wizard but still I feel that a lot is left to be modified later on along the way.

I installed Life v.1.0 quite a few years ago. It was good, can’t say it wasn’t. I made my choices while installing and they sort of set the path and the direction. Sometimes I felt like a passenger in my own life, drifting along the river drawn by my earlier choices. I was basically happy, though sometimes longing for somtehing I just couldn’t make happen, but for most of the time, very contented with my life.

Up until the river became murky and muddy. And my Life software began to corrupt and crumble from all the bugs in it. For a time there I tried to patch it, run service packs and install accessories. My harddrive became full and I needed more RAM – but it seemed to be out of stock for couldn’t get any. My Life became more or less dysfunctional since it could process only a limited amount of operations and kept crashing with certain ones.

It was time to reboot. And not only reboot to the old Life v.1.0 with all them bugs, for it didn’t fix any of the problems. I tried that too, but operation failed over time. Just like after any reboot, things seem to work fine for a time but then eventually after running buggy operation after another, all the old problems return and the system starts to fail and crash all over again.

So came the time to press the red format button and re-install and upgarde. The installation is still in progress, but one by one the configurations fall into place and Life v.2.0 will be up and running. Hardware is the same old, so some memory problems probably occur still. And the installation in itself does use up quite a lot of the available RAM so it really goes one configuration step at a time. It’s a slowish process when you look at it on a daily view, but as for the big picture, not so slow actually.

Sometimes this whole upgrading business feels like speeding head on to the unknown on the highway of life. Even though I can and need to make choices every step of the way, I can’t really know what each different configuration choice does and means in the fully installed Life v.2.0. But I believe in my future and cherish the good in the past. I’m not formatting my Life database, of course not! Life v.2.0 needs it to build the basics of the system.