Well, after around 2 1/2 years of faithful service, I am reinstalling Windows XP on my primary machine. It's been so long since I had to do this that I don't even know where all my driver discs and such are anymore. I have been considering an upgrade to Media Center, and this would be a good time for that, but I'll pass for now. Why?
Because since June I have been trying to record audio on my lil Pismo, and she just hasn't been able to handle it. It took a long time for me to decide on an interface for my studio, and my choice was partly made due to Alesis's assurances that a G3 Powerbook could handle what I wanted to do. It couldn't. After some initial success, I have been able to record nothing for a frustrating four months now. Enough.
My homebuilt P4 has found a new home in my shed, as it becomes the muscle behind my studio. A clean XP install is probably unnecessary, but it feels right, if only to clean off a good four years of crud from my system drive. It handles my audio needs with aplomb, or it did before this reinstall, so my troubles should be over. That would be nice.
In the last 19 months, I have progressed from a cassette four track, which broke as soon as it's warranty expired (but it's not broken! it doesn't work. at all. but tascam tech support says it does, so i must be imagining things...) to a laptop based studio that was wholly unreliable, to my current setup which will hopefully enable me to make music again.
I'm not sure I remember what that feels like...