It’s late, I can’t sleep, and I hate Microsoft. I recently installed XP, and it’s really quite nice — as least it looks quite pretty, and seems a lot more stable than Windows 98. Tonight, however, it crashed for the first time. Now every time I log on it tells me that me my PC has recovered from a serious error, and that I’d be advised to submit an report to their online crash analysis site, where they say, “We will try to determine the cause of the Stop error you submit, categorize it according to the type of issue encountered, and send you the initial results by e-mail within 24 hours.” I’ve no issue with this in theory — hell, if I can help to improve the system while solving my own problem I will. What I really object to is the fact that to actually get a response from Redmond, I’m obliged to sign up for a Microsoft Passport, the company’s highly dubious (not to say apparently insecure) invasion of privacy tool. So now I’m suspended in what appears to be an electronic limbo, stuck between error messages and a refusal to toe the party line. Fuckers.