Friday, July 01, 2011
Comic Cuts - 1 July 2011
The bulk of the work of migrating everything from one machine (the old one in the pic above) to the new one took place over the weekend. The bit of wire I picked up to connect the new computer to the monitor (mentioned last week), which was indeed the wrong bit of wire, turned out to be unnecessary as I already had an adaptor. The new machine was turned on for the first time last Friday evening and it did everything it was supposed to do. Data files were copied overnight and on Saturday we began the task of piling on programmes and updates, which continued on Sunday.
This is a bit of a pain as I like to listen to different things when I'm doing different tasks: music is fine while I'm writing but I can't listen to, say, factual programmes or dramas because the bits of my brain dealing with words are trying to concentrate on what I'm writing; I can listen to a whole episode of something and not take in a single word. So I save those for when I'm cleaning up artwork or plugging in metadata. I listened to the whole of the recent BBC4 Extra version of On the Beach this morning, which I wouldn't have been able to do if I'd had to rely on the BBC's iPlayer. I'm not knocking the iPlayer — I use it a lot to catch up on things. I'm just saying that a week sometimes isn't long enough and I'd rather record something so that I can listen to it when it's convenient rather than miss it.
Until I can get this fixed I'm operating two computers, with two keyboards and two mice.
Apart from that I've not come across any major problems. I've managed to turn off all the annoying sounds, got rid of the preview panel on the folders and reformatted the 'normal' in Word so that new documents look like they should. I'm still trying to sort out the desktop as that's where I keep a lot of work projects, rough scans and oddments that I intend using here on Bear Alley, but for the most part I've managed to get everything looking like some approximation of how I like them.
Enough of the computers. They have rather taken over my life this week and a few minutes thinking about something completely unrelated might not come amiss.
The album is available on CD and as a download.
Random scans. First up is a cover by Barbara Walton that I stumbled upon during my digging around the net looking for information on her sister, Eileen Walton. This one dates from 1957, which is the earliest cover I've found from Barbara. Beacon Books was a paperback imprint of Odhams.
Jack Hayes from the 1970s sent over ages ago by David Roach and rediscovered while I've been trying to rationalise some of the dozens of folders that I have clogging up my harddrive.