Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Computer Issues Again

A couple weeks ago, my old HP Pavilion Elite m9500f (don't buy HP products, by the way...in fact, buy Apple) turned off by itself (something it has been doing randomly for several years) again and took everything on the hard drive with it. I had to run a reinstall and lost all the stuff that had been stored on it. As you're probably aware, this is hardly the first time a PC crashed on me, but that's neither here nor there right now. Anyway, I had 95% of my music stuff backed up on flash drives and other hard drives, so it wasn't that big of a deal...mainly it was just a big hassle.

I was hoping that after a reinstall back to its original state might alleviate the random shut downs (it's not overheating since I have replaced a couple fans and system checks show that that's not an issue), but a couple days ago it shut down again and this time the computer wouldn't even come on. Well, I pretty much knew that meant the power supply unit had wimped out, so I bought a very good new one (they're not cheap) and installed it. Now, however, although it turns on and runs more quietly than it ever has before, I can't get it to boot up. From what I can glean off the internet, this could be a result of a number of problems, none of which I seem able to remedy. So I guess I'm taking the computer to a shop today.

This has been a rough patch for us financially. We're still dealing with the clowns who messed up our house (the new company is finally coming in late next week), and this week, not only did the computer do a swan dive into the ocean of crapped-outness, a microwave died two days ago, and a couple weeks ago our dryer broke down. I'm hoping the broken appliance thing (we're counting my computer as an appliance here) comes in threes and that's it for now.

What that means is that I can't do the Single of the Month artwork for the insert or disc. Anyway, I rely on the tried and true MediaFace program for creating inserts, Roxio Creator for burning CDs, and Lightscribe for creating the on-disc artwork. For homemade albums such as what I create it's fine. The writing is on the wall, though. As much as I (loved records and subsequently) like CDs because of the artwork you could/can create for them, no one much cares about them anymore. Sooner or later, I'll have to realize that the vast majority of folks who listen to music don't care about owning records/tapes/CDs anymore. And even if you put your music on a flash disc you can still create a virtual booklet and artwork. Yeah, I know...receiving a flash drive in the mail isn't the same as getting a cassette or record or CD and being able to hold the insert in your hands. Believe me, I'm with you 100% if that's the way you feel. But maybe the past has to be the past and that's that.

Anyway, I'm not sure when I'll get my old PC back. And by the way, as far as I can tell, my MediaFace software won't work with Windows 10. And apparently Lightscribe is rather compromised by Windows 10 as well. And I don't feel the desire in the least to go out and pay $100 for a Windows 10-ready version of Roxio Creator. And, it seems that Lightscribe will not work with Apple's latest OS either. CDs, much like me, are old and in the way. 

As I wrote a couple days ago, the B-side of the 7th single has been finished for a while. I almost finished the A-side yesterday and came up with a couple new ideas for it this morning (very early in the morning and late in the afternoon are usually when I come up with creative ideas), so that'll be done by this afternoon. It's a pretty cool song, though this single has been a bit of a tough one to complete. Very '60s-trippy. But no one will get February's single until some time in early to mid-March. Then it's on to number 8!

Oh...don't forget, if you've got old BOK material that you think I should have or at least have a copy of, please let me know! Casey Firkin has evidently found some more stuff that he's pretty excited about, so I'm really looking forward to getting copies of that material. And he says a friend apparently took numerous videos of the 2000-2003 line-ups and he's trying to get hold of it all! That's exciting.