Yes, the new computer is here! The nice JL installation man arrived on time, eleven-thirty, computer under his arm. His job being, basically, to hook me up to the network, transfer my files across, make sure everything worked and get me to sign here. The file transfer is an interesting one, because there are many ways of doing this, the worst of which seems to be Microsoft’s own solution, easy transfer or something. I’d done a full backup yesterday to my external drive, just in case, which took about ninety-five minutes. When Amil suggested restoring this, I expressed mild concern. “It’ll take ages, won’t it?” It took twenty minutes, after which I felt things were going to be all right.
I’d made a list of some of the software on the old laptop, ignoring the things I have no idea what they do (is there a grammatical expression of that anywhere out there?). He suggested I just load up what I know for sure I want (helped me to do so, over and above the call) and let the rest take care of itself. Very good advice – I had 26 items on my list, and so far I’ve loaded four. It’ll probably be weeks before number five surfaces.
Of course, I had to spend the afternoon playing ‘boy’s new toy’ – this is even better than a new Dinky – and discovered at about 4.30 that I’d completely forgotten to have any lunch.
Anyway, as I write, it appears that in future I’ll be able to faff around on the internet at least twice as much in the same amount of time (I’m not telling you!). So far so good. All I have to do now is spill some wine over it.