F 1 D 0 -- 02 10 02 at 11 50 Good work bad work. I get a good feeling when I do the right thing. My customer had been getting professionally hit on by another technical guy. He wanted 100.00 an hour for most jobs, and 85.00 for advice giving (such as for picking a new computer). It's not just that I charge 50.00 an hour, but a feeling that I try to convey- that the whole process will be a fair one. The job was straight forward enough for me: back up the important files, and then install windows 98 where it had windows 95 before. I worked together with the customer, so it feels like teamwork, really. We go through the My Documents folder, and make compressed ZIP files for saving onto Samurai. Oh! I've got to erase all of them soon. Well, we should have also saved all of the email and bookmarks from netscape. There was about five years of stuff saved there. We discovered the problem during the ghosting. You see, we tried to do this by updating. That's how I prefer to do it. I create a directory \win98, and put all of the installation files there. Then we tell it to install. Each time I tried this it failed. We had an installation key (a 25 character number used during installation; proof of purchase). That didn't work. I had some as well, as I keep the keys from the jobs I do for Just In Case. Still it didn't accept any of them. So I went a different way: I have a copy of windows 98 partially installed on a computer, then burnt onto a CD. This is very quick to use. In about five minutes the CD image has been copied to the hard drive, and it doesn't remember anything it had on it prior to that. It was during THIS ghosting that we realized we hadn't saved Netscape information. I love speeding up people's computers by doing work, but even a small mistake like this one has long term repercussions. I can try to make myself feel better by thinking that most of it was unrequired anyway. Well, that wasn't my decision to make. And I felt yucky for so long. Her computer is so fast now. The tech I mentioned earlier wanted her to replace her older Pentium 266 MMX with something current. She will, when she's ready, and has a desire to spend 1000.00 on new toys like that. For now, her machine is acting brand new. It is fast and wonderful, just like a real new computer. Other news. My folks went to the airport last night to get my Auntie Pearl and Uncle Davie. Just outside the airport the car began to misfire and stalled on the side of the road. They waited for ages for something to pass to help them boost the car, but it wasn't that kind of a problem. Eventually, they needed a tow. But the airport is far from where my folks live. The truck wanted 160.00 for that distance, but settled for 120.00. As it happens, the tow truck needed gas, and it required 120.00 in diesel fuel. Part of the timing of Pearl and Davie coming to Toronto had to do with a wedding. My mom's sister is Celia, and she's married to Carl. They have Lawry, Michael and Felice as children, my cousins. Lawry's daughter is getting married soon. Well, I don't have the details, but Lawry had a bad heart attack last night, and Carl is with him. Mom phoned me with this information, and is worried that I should lose some weight right away. Maybe she's right. That's all I know.