This event has been in progress for over two years now, and I can't take it anymore.
When the contest began, in order to do it full justice I set my Windows theme to XP default: the once-ubiquitous Luna Blue aka the Fisher-Price theme. Bad enough that Blue clashes with nearly any decent wallpaper, but over time the unnatural brightness of the color begins to strain my eyes, resulting in blurred vision and headaches. As the condition worsens it feels as though Luna Blue is actually clawing its way directly into my brain, snapping every synapse in its path and leaving my very thoughts flayed on twitching shards of neural wreckage.
Fortunately one of the three out-of-the-box XP colors is usable, and so it is with great relief that I've changed back to olive green.
It's good to be Home.
Apart from that, I'm running the same installation with no POS hack and no ill effects. But I still might do a malware scan some one of these days. Just to be on the safe side.
Today I got a notification from you know who
, reminding me that we're now past the eight month mark in this contest and that it was ten months ago that Microsoft tried to kill off XP.
In recent news, as of November 2014 XP was only being spotted on 13% of desktop PCs connected to the internet, but in December that number jumped to 18.26%. This last month there was a small increase to 18.93%. That's more than Vista, 8, and 8.1 combined!
For the record, I still haven't used the POS hack to receive extended updates because Microsoft said that it would be risky to do so
Congratulations to all who have made it this far!
"Play the man, Master Ridley!"