There is nothing I hate more in the world than having to reinstall my computer. I mean, there’s a history you develop as you install applications, and leave all the crap and cruft on the drive from a year plus of usage. But this time, I didn’t have a choice. Fortunately, I segment my system drive from the rest of my data, so I don’t lose anything. But that doesn’t mean I’m spared the pain of reinstalling the 100+ applications and utilities I either actively or semi-actively use. And that isn’t even including games. BAH.

In any case, I’m back among the living. First apps installed (as usual, winamp first, and then SecureCRT, followed closely by Firefox and Thunderbird). One must have ones priorities, and perhaps that tells you a little about mine. I cannot function adequately without music. I mean, I just can’t. I shouldn’t HAVE to. Then Internet accessibility.

After this? Ah, the usual stuff, in no particular order. Graphics programs, development tools, interface customization tools, more audio and video listening, ripping and burning tools than you can shake a stick at. Newsreader (yes, I still use good ol’ nntp). Security programs (virus checkers, software firewalls, etc), followed closely by the dozens of games I play regularly, ranging from the latest production offerings (WoW, HL2, Doom3, RCT3) to old standby minigames and solitaire style stuff (everything PopCap ever released, mahjong, etc).

Eventually, it’ll feel like home again, and all will be well with the world. But right now? I just feel out of sorts.