My plea for help inspired a couple of great people to offer me the use of a disk. I appreciate that very much and will take somebody up on it. In the meantime the subscriber list was entered into the desktop and comics are going out again to inboxes. Aside from trying to fix the machine the weekend will be very busy with club meetings, most notably the Cartoonist Northwest meeting tomorrow. I haven’t been to one since November, I understand tomorrow will be a swap meet. That’s where artists bring in comics and art supplies and trade around. I think we’re going to get some more firewood and replace the computer desk. Not very exciting I know but no doubt that kind of thing will completely fill the next two days and make them vanish before I even realize they’ve arrived.
Continuing in the saga of the laptop that hates me, all attempts to reinstall Windows were rejected yesterday. I have a registered copy of Windows for each machine, but the desktop is XP Home and the laptop is XP Professional, and the XP Professional disk is nowhere to be found. I own it and have a product key waiting to be used, but there seems to be no work around for not having the disk anymore. No way am I buying again what I already have so I don’t know what else to do but start asking friends if they have any ideas. I’m frustrated with this because I decided this last year to stop trying to solve my own computer problems after we got a really good problem-solver at CompuCheap, but he doesn’t touch laptops. I miss our Texas guys at Zydeco, they could handle just about anything.
The laptop is a couple of years old and the processing is completely breaking down, but there’s nothing actually wrong with the hardware that I can find. I’ll be working on that today so I don’t think that will be a lengthy interruption. New strips are still coming via this website, but also by something new we’ve just joined. Scooter and Ferret is now part of Comics Sherpa. It has some nice features and looks like a good way to give ourselves some more exposure. As soon as we joined we got some nice notes from a new reader who liked us a lot and an old regular who was thrilled to see us join the Sherpa community. I really like Sherpa’s archiving system, although being able to upload a max of 10 strips at a time was a little annoying. But what’s great about Sherpa is it’s an affordable price for advertising connected to a very big comics site. So I’ll try it out for awhile and see what it does for us.