So yesterday I intentionally formatted my hard drive. I did it both to speed the darn thing up and as a project to keep me busy when I’m not working on the conference paper. And it’s amazing the difference in stability. This may become a once a year type of thing. The crappy part is the back up process. I’m still recovering and juggling DVD’s to get my data and MP3’s back to where they should be. However the renewed speed of my machine more than makes up for it.