Sorry for no posts in so long, but the computer I've been working on has decided it no longer wants to work for me. That's right, it quit. It didn't even bother to give notice. Right now I'm typing on my Christmas present from Dusty, my lovely little Acer Aspire. I'm borrowing his laptop for work (and play), but it's been a bit rough transferring all of my files (who knew I had so many!) over to it.
In the year since I'd bought Big Red it had become not my arthritis machine but my workhorse machine. On bad days I'd have Dusty roll my laptop cart into the family room (the man is a freakin' saint) so I could prop my leg up and still have access to my email. (Little Red is now taking over that job.) I realized I was in a lot less pain when I worked from the laptop desk just sitting in a regular overstuffed chair than in my ergonomic desk chair. My old desktop is now my youngest son's whipping boy... I mean, what the uses to play things like Blues Clues and Cat in the Hat. (I swear I locked away Diablo I and II. *cough*)
Anyway, my new laptop needs to be a real workhorse, with dedicated video card for my book trailers (Big Red had issues with playing YouTube videos and it had a decent built-in video card), .swf slide shows, website work (I do my own) and horrid video game habit. It needs dedicated memory and a nice sized hard drive for all those large files I have, like the book trailers and book covers. And it needs to be upgradable.
I've ordered it, and it should arrive mid-January. In the meantime, I've finally finished setting up Dusty's laptop as my temporary work home (have I mentioned he's a saint?) and should be around the internet a bit more.