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  •  I do still have the PC... (2+ / 0-)
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    ... AND the backup and the floppy that makes the backup.

    The last time I tried to turn it on I could hear an odd noise and was totally afraid the HD was going, so never tried it after that.  Because there happened to be a sale, I went down and bought a new laptop with Windows 7 on it (nice large screen to watch TV shows or movies online or from DVD).  It's good to have the upgrade to use web sites with lots of stuff on 'em that require a good OS..., but it doesn't have all my good programs on it, including FrontPage with the Publish button so I can do an ftp transfer of a web site to my ISPs web server (I get free space for a personal web site).  Just a couple of days ago I downloaded some kind of freeware - Microsoft Expression Design, and Microsoft Expression Web, and one of those can publish my genie web site to my ISPs web server.

    The old PC was built for me, actually, by a fellow who does that for a living (but he doesn't live here), and he added several different things like the ability to also transfer music from my vinyl LPs or cassette to CD, I could copy genealogy stuff from one CD to another to give to family when they wanted extra photos or burn images I made straight to CD; I think he put PSP7 on it, plus I had several other programs, a couple of PhotoShop Elements, another one is a Corel program with which I also made seamless background graphics, that I could work with that produced nifty photos and photo pages with great backgrounds, and another two programs where I could use my own or their background graphics to make CD labels, et cetera and so on and so forth.

    What I'd like to do is find someone local who could transfer all that stuff to a 1T HD (or maybe 2T, knowing how fast I load up HDs with photos I restore or make), max out any RAM with any upgrades, and see if there's something that could keep 'puter bugs away (Microsoft hasn't upgraded Office 2K since 2010, so I don't even know if antiviral programs are still made for it), altho I'd keep it offline most of the time for the simple reason I have the laptop that works better with online genealogy research..., but since I'm a multi-tasker and self-taught ... from zero knowledge to maxing out first 45, 90, then 100 GB HDs all in about the first six to nine months of acquiring my first PC because my restorations and photos were so specialized and set at max dpi in tiff format that the files are massive (but look damned good when printed out because I'm a bloody perfectionist!).  Needless to say, my learning curve was straight up a cliff without safety ropes, so to speak.  :-)  About the time I stopped using the PC for that odd noise, I'd only acquired my first one or two smaller flash drives that had just come on the market not long before that and now I do backups of all kinds on several different flash drives (easier than burning CDs often, and since now flash drives are made to hold more - the last one I bought holds 64GB, the smaller ones are 8 or 16 GB - it's very convenient).

    I can no longer lift much and have cranky and creaky old joints (and I'm facing a second knee replacement surgery at some point and also need to move to a ground-floor apt.) so I'd have to have someone come and get the PC and either take it with or work on it here.  This whole thing could get inconvenient for someone else and pretty pricey for me and I have a limited SSI income.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Thu May 23, 2013 at 09:30:26 AM PDT

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