It was way back in the fall of 2001 when last the computer in my home office got replaced. The “zippy new machine” back then was a Dell Pentium 3 running a screaming 750 MHz processor and an amazing 512 MB of RAM, and with a shiny new Windows 2000 Professional OS, too.
Believe it or not, it was that very machine (albeit with a 120 GB hard drive added to the 20 GB drive that came new with the computer) that was powering my Toppy updates right up until…well, right up until sometime late last week, when it finally decided it really didn’t want to boot up any longer.
It owed me nothing at all, of course – but it meant I was in something of a hurry to replace it with something new. And it meant that the weekend I thought I’d spend getting caught up on pulling IDs for the site was instead spent ordering that new machine. (A shame, too, because in the time while I was out west earlier this month, the good folks at Dave Lane’s Stereo Shop here in town were busy cleaning and repairing the other end of the Toppy Northeast studio setup, the 1989-vintage Luxman R113 receiver that keeps the tunes blasting (at a moderate volume level) in the upstairs office. (Note: when they say “lifetime free labor” at The Stereo Shop, they mean it. I paid just $63 for parts to get that puppy fixed and ready for another 21 years!)
So the Luxman is back in late-80s fighting trim and the new computer is here now, but I’m still configuring it – so this week it’s just a handful of Boston IDs that were already pulled before my old PC bit the proverbial dust.
With any luck, I’ll be fully back to normal (and the “broken stuff that needs fixing” list will remain empty) in time for much more next week.