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Many readers assume -- because I've been writing a Windows column for InfoWorld for five and a half years -- that I must have the world's greatest Windows system. They suppose that I worked out all the bugs long ago, added numerous secret functions that only I know about, and run Windows without a care.
It ain't necessarily so. My personal workstation is so buggy that I hope to give you a little sense of satisfaction that your situation couldn't possibly be as bad as mine. My good old Windows 95 system crashes at least once or twice a day, usually in broad daylight for no apparent reason.
It crashed while I was typing the first paragraph of this column, when there …