January 28th, 2003

Mama Deb

It's Dead, Jim

"It" being my home computer monitor. Or the video card. There's no way of telling. The monitor is about ten years old - about five years older than the computer. This is because the 17" monitor that came with the computer was so awful that, when my mother-in-law got *her* new computers, we took her old 15" monitor, and it was amazingly better. Lesson - name brands *good*.

I have a lot of unfinished work on that computer. I have a lot of unposted work on that computer. So does my husband.

He should be buying a new one today, because the idea of spending more time without a computer than necessary scares both of us, and we were going to get a new one anyway. It's just now we have to figure out how to transfer those files over. Original plan was to buy cd-rw drive, install in old box, d/l files, transfer cd/rw to new box and u/l. Now, we'd have to do that with the new monitor, and if it's the video card, we're sunk.

My current thought is to install old harddrive in new machine, transfer files from that and then reformat it to use as a Linux drive. Does that sound feasible?

And how hard/easy is it for XP based apps to read Win98 files?
Mama Deb

Dude! We're getting a...

Since I know you're all *so* very interested: :)

We have decided on the new computer - A "small-business" model Dell, since that fits our needs best, and we're paying for 2nd Day Air because we really can't wait any longer than that. It's not just the, you know, withdrawal pains. It's also that jonbaker is doing the journal for the synagogue dinner. The dinner is in about a month, so we really can't be offline very long.

Lots of memory, nice big hard drive, cd-rw, dvd-rom, 15" flat screen, silly looking case that opens easily, Pentium IV.

Mama Deb


Turns out they just can't send a computer out. They actually have to build it.

We'll get it next Thursday. How will we survive?