My primary hard drive crashed and I found myself in an unenviable position of having to reinstall the OS and a crapload of applications. Spare me the backup sermon please, the data was backed up. I didn't feel it was worth doing full backups because I haven't found a good (inexpensive) way to take them off-line and because sad as it is, it is still fairly healthy to repave a Microsoft OS once in a while.
That's not the point of this post though. Reinstalling VS.Net 2003, I watched yet again as it installed the Microsoft Visual J# .NET Redistributable Package 1.1 as a prerequisite of the product. It is so pointless, it painful. Can anyone out there, please!, explain why VS.Net 2003 (and 2005, by the looks of it) force this down my throat?!?
UPDATE: See Aaron Stebner's (of Microsoft) comment to this post for an explanation. Thanks Aaron!!!
posted @ Sunday, August 8, 2004 11:57 PM