Update: Things are progressing really well. I have restored most of my custom software and tweaked it where required. So far everything is working right, and I hope to post a news feed tonight. Once I do, I’ll take this post off sticky.
The largest remaining problem is that I can receive email on my new client, but I can’t send anything. I expect the problem to be solved eventually, but in the meantime, I’ll only reply to messages when absolutely necessary, because webmail is a pain in the [fundament].
I have backups of all my old email folders, plus the address book from the mail client, but I haven’t yet figured out how to import them to the new client. That means I’m starting an address book from scratch. If you’re one of the people I regularly correspond with, please send me an email so I can get you into the address book. I won’t reply (unless there is an urgent reason to), but I’ll have the address for later use.
I’ve hit a major catastrophic computer problem, Something I knew would happen eventually, I just didn’t know when. But there was no easy way to prepare for it in advance.
All of my computers are old, but one is REALLY old. Today my old, old computer gave up the ghost. That’s the machine I call the Auxiliary Brain, with more than 26 years’ worth of custom software on it that I wrote. The automation that I use is what makes it possible do most of the advanced stuff here, including the news feed (but much else besides).
Now I have to re-establish the same capabilities on one of the newer machines. That’s a big deal, because all the custom software has to be upgraded, and not everything will work as-is — it will have to be tweaked. This will take a while.
There will be no newsfeed for a while, because that’s fully automated.
Even ordinary posting is going to be tough. So much of what I do is accomplished with one-key shortcuts in Word that execute the VBA macros. But I will post what I can.
Right now I’m struggling with the new email client. I can receive mail (POP3) but I can’t send anything. That’s a big hassle, and I’m working on it.
Stay tuned. I’ll make this post sticky, and add updates when appropriate. There may be other new posts lower down, if I can manage to do them. But most of my time for a while is going to be spent establishing my new Auxiliary Brain.