Here is what I love about Windows 2000's network configuration.
First of all, if you uninstall a network card -- say, for example, because you are having trouble getting it to work, perhaps trouble that suspiciously coincides with the latest round of Microsoft patches --, and then reinstall that card, you will find that your network settings have defaulted back to DHCP instead of static IP.
So you'll have to re-enter your IP.
If the machine you are currently working on happens to be a Web server that uses 250 different IP's, you will have to re-enter your 250 IP's.
But Thad, you say, that is awesome! How could life possibly get any better?
Well, it may seem difficult, but it does get better.
You can only enter one IP at a time.
And you can't copy and paste.
And no matter how many dozen times you enter the netmask 255.255.252.0, it will always default to 255.255.255.0.
And and every single time you tell it to add a new IP, it pops the new IP window up right on top of the list of existing IP's. So that if it is, just for the sake of argument, 11:30 at goddamnfuckinghellshitcock night and you are entering 250 different addresses, you have to scroll a bar and then drag a window to see the last one you entered. In the absurdly unlikely event that you somehow have trouble keeping your place under those conditions.
Awesome enough for you?
Yes, I am sure you are saying. Yes, that is just incredibly, unspeakably awesome. There is no possible greater threshold for awesomeness.
Well shut up, you're wrong.
Let's say you make a mistake. Let's say you somehow enter the same IP address twice. I know, there is absolutely no way of that happening under the circumstances, but bear with me in this thought experiment.
Let's say you enter an IP twice. It doesn't like it when you do that.
But does it tell you when you enter the redundant IP? No, that would make too much sense. Does it just delete the redundant IP itself seeing as the two are identical? Of course not. That would be stupid. That would require someone at Microsoft to write an entire extra line of code.
But Thad, you may say, surely they must at least tell you which IP is redundant?
My friend, where's the fun in that? Why tell you when they can instead just make you strain your eyes staring at every single IP you've entered?
Oh, and also, there's no way of sorting them.
They don't pay me enough for this shit.