Computerpocalypse!

So, we’ve “upgraded” to Windows 7 as of today. What a total clusterf*ck that was, and I say that having arranged for someone else to handle the actual physical upgrading of the physical machines in question.  It’s very clear to me that I made an error of judgement last year when I opted to upgrade my working computer at home to a new Windows-based machine. I toyed with the idea of buying a MacBook to replace it and most likely should have.

The reason that I’m so confident about this is because moving my Outlook email from one machine was, once again, a drama. At a time when I needed to be working on various projects I suddenly had to deal with not having computers accessible and then trying to manage 31,748 emails that weren’t quite where they should be. (sigh)

Still, that is done now.  I now need to look into (a) network storage and (b) the wireless network.  This last set of problems has made it clear that since “Jonathan and Marianne’s Editing Inc” depends on our computer network then it needs to be better managed and regularly backed-up in a safe manner.  I’m looking into that (Netgear’s Stora seems a possibility).  Marianne also continues to experience wireless network connectivity issues, so it looks like that’s going to have to be dealt with too. So, more dollars.

I think what makes this so much fun is that  it’s happening at the same time I need to finish up on Wings of Fire (lots to do and its due 18 March), write copy for the Niven collection, and get ready for taxes.  And all of that has to be done by 2 April, cos we are going on holiday, people, and I will be offline for the whole time. Busy business indeed!

Some midweek links…

I’ve never done a lot of link updates, but here are few I’ve noticed this morning.  First, there’s an interesting new webzine going up over at Lambda Literary. From the stuff that’s up already it’s should be well worth checking in on regularly.

I also noted that Tor.com have persuaded my pal and colleage Lou Anders to get his geek on and talk about Michael Moorcock as part of their celebrations of all things Moorcockian.

And finally, the latest issue of Clarkesworld is online.  The March issue features fiction by Gord Sellar and Matthew Kressel, along with a conversation with Kij Johnson and a piece on neuroscience fiction and neuroscience fantasy.  Clarkesworld has developed into a terrific magazine and I’ve become a real fan of Gord Sellar’s fiction. Check it out!