After working on the deck today, I come home, shower and sit down to check my email. Thankfully, the nice people at TGTSoft responded to my email and I have my answer. It seems that despite a complete registry cleaning, a reference to StyleXP still existed and that was to blame for my inability to reinstall the software. What I would like to know is WHERE exactly these references are being hidden. It certainly isn’t in the registry anywhere, I’ve looked. I’ve cleaned, uninstalled, cleaned again and still the reference is there. What if I’m trying to get rid of a program all together. You’re telling me that they’re hiding registry entries on my and not telling me? I think that’s a little bit recockulous (nagle, spelling?), don’t you?

So, after putting my anger/computer conspiracy issues aside, I brake down and actually register the damn thing. The way I figure it, I’m using it every day, it works well, it’s small and unintrusive and it’s only $20. So, now I’m the owner of a nice and legal copy of StyleXP. Fantastic.

Of course, this means I need to find thousands of new themes to use with it… and I figure, if I’m finding themes I might as well find logon screens… and if I’m finding logons, I might as well find backgrounds… and icons… and screen savers… and fonts. As you can see, today is “windows make-over day.” I’m already halfway into downloading stuff from ThemeXP, DL icons, Deviant Art and DaFont Font Archive. At least it’s giving me something to do while I wait for Rio Bravo to start on AMC. Which, by the way, is a fantastic movie. A great western staring none other than John Wayne, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson and Angie Dickinson. Simply awesome. Then again, I have a soft spot for westerns, so maybe it’s just me.

That is all.