That'll teach me to jump to conclusions. The hardware problem with
my desktop computer turned out to be nothing more than the RAM going
bad. Unfortunately, I didn't find this out until after I mistook the
hardware problem for malware. I thought I had a virus that'd slipped
past my defenses. I tried to reinstall the OS, but only got as far as
formatting the hard drive before the problem reoccurred.
Once I realized that I didn't have a computer bug ripping through my
system, the damage had already been done. My hard drive was wiped
clean. Furthermore, because of the hardware problem, I couldn't finish
a clean install, or even restore from my back-up copy of that hard
drive. So into the shop it went. In less than 24 hours, I had a shiny
new stick of RAM in place. But no OS or files on my drive. Once I get
some time to spare, I can wire everything back up and see just how well
this Back-up & restore program will work.
I'm glad that I have the back-up, or back-ups, as the case may be,
since it would be a major pain to have to reinstall every single
program I use. I'm also glad the problem wasn't something going bad in
my new Solid State Hard Drive. That would have been a bit expensive. So
I've got the whole drive backed up on a whopping big flash drive, the
original "old school" hard drive that I took out when the computer was
being built, and oodles of external drive and flash drive and CD and
DVD back up media.
I could have saved myself all the trouble by simply taking the box
to the shop before I started to panic. I hope the restore program works
as well as the vendor said it would. I wish I didn't feel so dumb for
jumping to the wrong conclusion. But I did learn something. Matter of
fact, I might have just learned what was going wrong with my wife's old
computer a couple of years ago. If I get time, I might just sort
through my collection of RAM and see if there's something that will
work in that old computer, just to see if that turns out to be its
problem. If nothing else, I can pull the data off of its drives to get
a few files back that my wife really needs.
All right, welcome to the new issue of Aphelion! I just know that
you're going to enjoy the stories, so go ahead! I'll catch up with you
First off, if you do the Facebook thing, feel free to join us on the
Aphelion page there. The link is Aphelion Webzine.
As an aside, the Editorial Mafia and I have found Facebook to be useful
while we transition between e-mailing lists. Given our different
locations and schedules, it's come in handy as a way to discuss
production details of new issues. Sometimes there are several of us
using Facebook at the same time, so it's almost like the old chat room
Music Page This is my promo page here at Aphelion. All the links
below, and more information about the albums, are located here.
Bank On A Learning Curve CD on the Create Space
website. My first
album, with a wide range of styles and genres, covering the past three
years of my working with the MAGIX Music Maker programs.
Helping CD on the Create Space website. My second album,
as wide a range of different musical styles, showing just how much I've
learned in the past three years.
Page on the Bandcamp website. Digital downloads of the albums,
or each individual song if you prefer it that way. Just click on the
album cover thumbnails and you'll see a list of each song on the album.
Next to the song titles are links to read the liner notes, or to
download the individual song. You can listen to each song for free.
There is also a link to download each entire album at one go. I cannot
say enough about Bandcamp! This is an amazing website. I have Rob, and
many other friends, to thank for finally talking me into checking it
Here are some links to pages I have up promoting my music. When my
book comes out I'll add those links to the promotion page, too. So far,
there are links on that page to the Create Space Preview songs, the
Create Space page for each album, the Amazon.com listings, and the link
to the digital downloads page.
And here's a link to my Sound Cloud page:
Dan's Sound Cloud
Page where all my music has been stored for your free listening
pleasure. These are not as high a quality recordings as the ones on the
CDs or on Bandcamp. But SoundCloud does have the virtue of having
everything collected together in one place.
Check those links out, buy a CD or download if you like what you
hear. And once again, thank you for your time,
Dan all my music has been stored for your free listening pleasure.
These are not as high a quality recordings as the ones on the CDs or on
Bandcamp. But SoundCloud does have the virtue of having everything
collected together in one place.
Check those links out, buy a CD or download if you like what
you hear. And once again, thank you for your time,
ON THE COVER
Title: NGC 2174
Photo Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA.)