Quick Report: Getting The Artputer Going

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I’m going to be devoting the next week or so to getting the “Artputer” fully active so I can make all kinds of cool stuff. It qualifies as a Clutter project because it involves me getting my work area going and some things I’ll have to do with the rest of the project days I have available. This week my project was getting it to minimum comic making status for my weekly comic. That included:

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Quick Report: A New Laptop

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The sticker I added. It says “my other computer is a time machine”.

The stimulus checks have allowed me to get a few things I needed. For example the Windows 10 desktop to replace the Vista desktop that died on me. With the latest round I was able to secure a new laptop. The XP laptop I have I’ve been using for my art desk, but the problem is thanks to a change in my primary comic and art software, the excellent Clip Studio Paint from Celesis (I highly recommend it for artists who find Photoshop restrictive as an art program, and even then you should try it out), has a new way of working its assets and now I can’t even update it. So I needed a Windows 10 laptop. Cheap because I don’t want to blow all the money I have since I still have no income to replace it and modern laptops have a built-in webcam, which I’d rather not deal with.

So I got a new computer, and this one doesn’t have a crack around the lid hinge that won’t let me close the top, which is another issue I have with my old XP laptop. Let me tell you about it real quick.

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Meet My New Computer

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I think this is the best look I have at the old Vista computer, a Dell 537s. The thing served me well for many years but as Microsoft decided to force everyone to their latest operating system and the computer got old while graphics and other stuff advanced it became harder for me to even use YouTube or Facebook. Browsers stopped updating. Online content was slow if it ran at all. All sorts of really annoying things. Being unemployed there was nothing I could do about it.

And then the hard drive died, wiping out stuff I hadn’t backed up along with stuff I had and resulting in my losing a few things. That made me sad. It also meant I would have to get a new machine. At first it seemed like my dad would be providing this but then the stimulus checks came out and suddenly I could actually pay for it. It’s probably the only good thing that’s happened since the pandemic began. It wasn’t very expensive but it’s pretty good for what it is. Actually, it’s leagues better than the old computer and my computer friend who helped me select and set-up the computer was amazed how fast it is. Want to see it?

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The Latest On My New Computer

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The computer in the picture is my old computer. This weekend I received my new computer and my friend who knows more about the computer set-up than I do (I know how to use it) just finished helping me put everything together. So I wasn’t able to do an article this week. Next week I’ll introduce you to my new machine and then things should get back to normal around here.

I did catch up on a few emails and articles via my slower laptop computer and tried to keep some kind of pace with my YouTube backlog thanks to my dad’s computer if you really want a related report. 🙂

Update On The Computer Situation

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Well, it’s official. The old Vista computer is kaputski. The hard drive died but most annoyingly it’s so kaput that I can’t even get any data off of it. My computer expert friend is looking for a budget Windows 10 computer not only for my image work but the video editing, which takes more image and processing power. I tried doing this article on the XP laptop but I could write a whole sentence and wait almost a minute foo back and deal with the typos and start all over again, as well as type in the words the computer somehow missed. This is not an option.

The type of computer my friend is looking at will require a little reorganizing of the computer desk workspace plus time to put all of my productivity software in and set everything up. So I probably won’t be updating for a while. I’ll try to do something if I can use my dad’s computer downstairs to have content during the quarantine and I’ll report when the new comp is up and running. Otherwise I’ll be silent for a while but still around to keep an eye on things.See you soon.

Quick Report: Virtual Clutter Meets Virtual Shutdown

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I wasn’t going to go two weeks without a report but once again my plans got screwed up. The goal this week was to get caught up on all the articles in my RSS feed. On Friday I actually got to read a few and I thought on Saturday I could finish up. There was also an online convention I was hoping to watch during the day. However on Saturday something was messing with the computer and I had to restart it a few times because everything wanted to update or scan at the same time. I got through the rest of the day after deciding the convention was not in line with the time I had left and other things to do. I got a few more articles read but not all of them.

Then comes Sunday. The computer is now stuck in some kind of diagnostic hell and won’t properly start. I’m hoping I can get going without losing all the stuff I don’t have backed up. Either way I know what my next project is going to be. I need to reorganize my back-up drive and back-up my important files before this happens again. In the meantime I have to work from the XP laptop, which is going to be a problem since files I need for the other site are on the malfunctioning computer so I don’t know what’s going to happen this week. I thought the computer issues were behind me.

The Software Organizing Project part 6

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I didn’t get to do anything in the project itself but yet I do have an update. During the time off I did find some of my old CD wallets. One someone got me from a bank here in Connecticut, one is a hard case my dad gave me, and the third I bought myself. It’s a zipper case that can hold a lot of CDs or DVDs or CD-Roms. This one I actually had some disks in, which means more to go through. I thought all that was in there were some media storage, but I took a look inside to see exactly what I have and…

…I found my copy of Sonic Heroes! Turns out they were in there the whole time. I knew I still had them! And that’s not all I found in there.

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The Software Organizing Project part 3

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This is more of a quick update than a full article. I’m still going through my old software and seeing what works on the Vista computer…which is sadly not a lot. I think the purge list would be higher if I didn’t have the XP laptop given how many of the games I’ve tried will not run on the Vista computer, which means even if I upgrade to 8 or 10 at some point they won’t run on those either without some emulator or “virtual machine”, a way to run old operating systems like it was an emulator or something to that effect.

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The Software Organizing Project part 2

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This is turning out to be a more involved project that anticipated and at this point I’m only doing it to myself. I think it’s because unlike the comic organizing mega-project I can go through and get this finished without dedicating my life to it and move on to something new. It may also be one of those projects that’s a long time coming. Even doing this a few pieces of software are still missing, although I did find a few productivity and art programs. Still don’t know what happened to Sonic Heroes.

If you recall from last week I was trying to figure out how to store my software. I just realized as I was writing this sentence that I have more than two categories. I have the games, the drivers, the art software, the productivity software, and a few “interactive cybercomics”, which means I have to figure out what to do with all of that. Right now though I’m focusing on the games. Here’s my current progress.

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The Software Organizing Project part 1

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It’s kind of annoying when a project you think can be done in a few hours isn’t even complete in a full day. And yet that’s what happened with this week’s project.

I have two computers, the old Vista desktop I bought when I still had a decent paying job and the older XP laptop I received as a gift. I have plenty of software that was made for Windows XP and below, the last decent operating system for backwards-compatibility all the way back to the old DOS (short for disk operating system, which is really the heart of the computer; even today Windows is just an interface really). So even if I got something new I wouldn’t miss Vista if I can get 7 or 8 (until Microsoft and the various browsers stop supporting them as well) but I would miss XP. As it turns out I have a lot of Windows 95 software.

This week’s project was to get all of my software together and organize it for easy locating. I have a lot of games and some productivity software, and while much of it can run on Vista some of it can’t. My goal was to separate that, see what I might want to get rid of, and better organize the rest between my two computers. I was partly successful.

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