|Oh, the agony of it all. I'm in the TSU computer lab, okay? I try to
run ICQ off a Zip disk...I know some idiot has deleted vital files from this computer because I get a message MSVCRT40.DLL
not found. Bummer. No ICQ. I'm thinking, "Ok don't worry about it,
you can get the .DLL from Microsoft's website, and be up-and-running in
no time." Cool. So I go there. Ummm...Downloads looks like a good place
to start. Let's see....
SORRY...YOU MUST REGISTER WITH MICROSOFT BEFORE DOWNLOADING ANY MATERIALS FROM THE SITE. (Nyah, nyah, nyah)
It says "This will only take a few minutes"...So I continue on to the registration form. Microsoft wants to know my e-mail address, home country, language I speak and where I use my computer. So I fill in the necessary information and hit 'Next' to begin my download. "That wasn't so bad..."...
Now they want to know my phone number! WHY do they want my phone number? I don't give out this sort of info to anyone over the 'net, let alone Big Brother Gates Himself. Besides, everyone knows my number is 123-456-7890. *Clickety clickety* done and done.
I click 'Next'.
THERE ARE NO COMPANY RECORDS THAT MATCH THE INFORMATION YOU ENTERED.
GREAT. Big Brother has every single business on-file, and is already checking up on me to make sure I don't supply them made-up information to protect my privacy! (they know me too well) So I try a real company...I know.... I work for MICROSOFT!
We're sorry. You do not work for Microsoft, John. Nice try.
With this I say "Fuck It", go to Hotbot, and type the name of the DLL. I find what I'm looking for in 3 clicks, install it and begin happily chatting away on ICQ. The End.
Where do you want to go today? I'll give you three guesses where I'm NOT going the next time I need something.