I've gotten an initial diagnosis from my tech sergeant on the main machine -and it doesn't look good. His opinion is that the thing is shot and a total write-off. For the sake of what little sanity I have left I *hope* it's not as bad as that, but he's way ahead of me in dealing with the infernal contraptions so I'm not counting on it. Still, there's a ton of stuff on there, much of it blog-related, that I would *really* hate to lose so as soon as I can get to a city I will be letting the experts take a look at it (keep in mind I'm at least 50 miles from the nearest thing that could be called a city) on the slim hope that I can at least salvage some of the info saved on the dang thing. Nonetheless, until such time as it is repaired or replaced I shall try to carry on, best I can, on this back-up piece of junk to keep the blog up and running. One of the things that has been most frustrating is that I am just now getting in alot of new materials I had hoped to use on future posts and blog projects -which is of course just after the machine crapped out on me. So, that's the situation and again, I appreciate everyone for their patience at this time when things are not exactly firing on all cylinders. I hope to be able to continue, I am determined to carry on and I remain ... The Mad Monarchist.