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Phoenix Feathers is updated on Tuesday and Friday

So much for doing Phoenix Feathers on Wednesday. The new computer arrived and was duly admired, and I set about installing the truly essential stuff - Paint Shop Pro, PuTTY, WinSCP, and Vistascan (my scanner software). Then I discovered that this new machine has no parallel ports - and my scanner is too old to have a USB port. One quick trip to PCWorld by Moonshadow later, we had a USB hub that had a parallel port - one that only worked for printers (despite having a picture of a scanner on the cover! 'One hub, all your devices' my foot). It took most of the evening to find that out. My wonderful patient Moonshadow made the scanner function under Linux, which is how the Advent Calendar got updated yesterday.

Yesterday, I got back from the lab and starting scanning. Then I discovered how awkward a touch pad is as opposed to one of those funky little nubbles in the middle of the keyboard, which apparently only Hewlett Packard do (name, anyone?). Then I found out all the irritating things WinXP comes with - the alert which informed me *every time* something happened to the computer. 'Oh, your computer has moved an inch to the right,' 'the power cable is still connected,' and 'you have network access,' among many, many others. The option which causes the mouse to click on anything it is held over long enough (I think we have that sorted). The Fisher-Price interface, which, thankfully, is easy enough to get rid of.

I used to think I had an open mind and was flexible. Moving to a new computer - in a hurry - rather proved me wrong. Oh well. It's an absolutely lovely machine - I spent most of yesterday grinning like an idiot thinking about it, much to the amusement of the people in my lab, and I had to get it out at tea time and stroke it gently. I'll get used to it, like I did to Pen.

Anyway, the upshot of all this is that I haven't had any time to work on the comic I've been doing. I *want* it up for Monday but that's looking unlikely. Moonshadow and I are going out tonight, because we need a break from computers  ^.^

- Sun Kitten, 12th December '03

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