You know, no matter how much you prepare to move from one computer to another computer (not just upgrading the old computer, but replacing it), things never seem to go smoothly.
No, I haven’t had any real problems. The aggravations, though, have been when I got ready to do something on the new computer but hadn’t installed the particular software yet. Other aggravations have been related to "where did I put that data?"
Of course, as I’m replacing my main computer, which was a notebook, with a fast home-built desktop and a fast, light, small and powerful notebook, I’ve doubled the aggravation.
Installing the software is easy. Some software won’t be run on the notebook — after all, in my new operating mode, the notebook is just for use when I’m not at home. Copying the data to the new computer is easy, too.
What about software licenses? If I’ve purchased software that’s licensed for use on only one computer, that’s all I’ll use it on — if I need it on the notebook, too, I’ll buy another license.
Fortunately, my antivirus/antispyware/firewall choice is the VIPRE Antivirus Premium Unlimited Home Site license. That means that I didn’t have to get any more licenses for it.
My Microsoft Office 2007 Professional license — a Retail version, not OEM/SystemBuilder version — authorizes installation on a portable computer in addition to the main desktop computer.
The license for Corel PhotoImpact X3 similarly allows installation on a portable device, as long as both versions aren’t used at the same time.
Similarly, the license for ClickBook MMX, the program I am now using to create PDF’s from applications that print, allows installation on a second computer for use by the same user as long as they’re not used at the same time. I finally switched from Blue Squirrel’s Click2PDF to their ClickBook MMX program. since Click2PDF doesn’t work with 64-bit Windows 7 operating systems. ClickBook has the same interface as Click2PDF, plus a lot more — I’m quite impressed. Read more about ClickBook in my article A Look at ClickBook for Windows / ClickBook MMX / ClickBook 2010. If you visit the site, be sure to look for the 20% Off link in the scrolling box in their left-side navigation bar.
Eudora (www.eudora.com), the email program that I use, is free as is the anti-spam solution I’ve chosen PopFile (www.getpopfile.org), so both of those could be installed on both computers.
Finally, WinPatrol (www.winpatrol.com), the system monitoring and start-up control program that I use, has its free license and its paid license option, too.
This week, I’ve been installing software and migrating files to my new desktop and new notebook.
I also realized on Saturday night that I hadn’t set up either printer to be able to print. Setting up the networked Color LaserJet cp1518ni was easy. Setting up my old LaserJet 1200, which hooks directly to the network via a Buffalo print server was only slightly more complicated.
The latest straw was also on Saturday night, as I was starting my online newsletter for this week. I write the newsletter in the PHP script (which is processed on the web server, not on visitors’ computers, and where it’s converted to HTML for sending to the visitors’ web browsers). In order to preview the pages as I’m writing the newsletter, I install the free XAMPP web server package (www.apachefriends.org) on my computer.
Last night, I realized I still hadn’t installed XAMPP yet — oh, the joys of moving to different computers. Thank goodness for networks!
Since my old notebook, my new notebook and my new desktop are all on the home network, I can grab any files that I missed. If they’re not in a folder that is shared, I can log in to the old notebook using UltraVNC (free, open–source, www.ultravnc.com) to remotely control the old notebook from my desktop or new notebook.