May 03

Checking In

Got my new dumbputer set up and operational. I was using an old Pentium II 300 with 128 megs RAM and Windows98. The “new” one is a Pentium 4 2.4 GHz with 512 megs RAM and Windows XP Pro. I feel like I’m really cruising now.

It’s a factory refurb I got for around $150 at Overstock.com. No warranty, of course, but I’m not too worried. I have enough experience to be able to handle most problems myself.

The only problem I’ve had so far came after I got all my software installed and upgraded. It turns out that Internet Exploder 8 does not like either me or my system. Thank God for Firefox.

The other major consideration is that I’m going to have to be a lot more aware of and careful about viruses, Trojans, and malware of all sorts. This had become a non-issue with my Win98, because the operating system was just too old, and nobody thought it was worth their while to write bugs that would attack it. XP is still a big target. With my anti-virus upgraded and two firewalls in place, I feel pretty secure.

On the writing front, things are moving along nicely. I have drafted a new short story that is now in its cooling-off period before rewrite starts. It is loosely based on a brief clip I did for the Story-a-Day Challenge at Forward Motion last May. I am currently calling it “When the Bough Breaks”. The title ties into the story in a couple of different ways.

On a health note, I am currently in physical therapy for a torn rotator cuff. Ouch! My therapist is evil and sadistic, of course. I think it goes with the territory. Just kidding, of course (just in case she’s reading this). She is actually quite concerned and capable. I am feeling the benefits already.

That’s about it from here right now. I will try to post a little more often as time goes on.

P.S. My AlphaSmart NEO celebrates its first birthday sometime around now. I am still loving it. I am also still on my first set of AA batteries. Talk about energy-efficient!