I decided to make a couple of major software changes on my home computer tonight.

First, I switched from using Eudora 4.3 for my e-mail over to Outlook 2003. I’ve been using Eudora for nearly 10 years now, but I haven’t bought an upgrade in a few years. The old version was starting to flake out a bit, but I really didn’t want to pay $40 for the new version when I had Outlook sitting on my hard drive doing nothing. I got all my messages from Eudora to Outlook by the recommended method of first importing them into Outlook Express, then importing from OE to Outlook 2003. That worked pretty well, and even saved my folder structure with no problems. The resulting .PST file is about 100 MB. My Eudora directory was about 90 MB, so it looks like there’s not as much bloat to Outlook as I thought there would be. I notice that Outlook seems a bit sluggish compared to Eudora, but maybe that’ll get better after I clean up the mail file a bit.

My second big change was pulling my music library into iTunes and letting that be my default music player. I, of course, use iTunes on my Mac, but I’ve been using something called Zinf on my PC. It works OK, but it’s not as nice as iTunes. I’ve had serious problems with iTunes in the past, but the current version seems to be stable on my machine. I’ve got about 10 GB of music on my PC, mostly downloaded from EMusic. I’ll probably still stick with Nero for CD burning, just because I can’t imagine iTunes could possible work better.

Mix CD for Pat

1. Manowar – Blow Your Speakers
2. Metallica – Fade To Black
3. Voivod – Astronomy Domine
4. Metallica – Damage, Inc.
5. Jimi Hendrix – Castles Made of Sand
6. Warren Zevon – Knockin’ on Heaven’s door
7. Tori Amos – Thank You
8. Bad Brains – Sailin’ On
9. Charlie Parker – Bird of Paradise
10. Beach Boys – I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times
11. Golden Smog – Glad & Sorry
12. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
13. Trespassers William – Vapour Trail
14. Warren Zevon – Don’t Let Us Get Sick

I created this CD in memory of my brother Patrick. Some of the songs are by artists he introduced me to, such as Voivod, Manowar, and Metallica. We were both into that kind of thing at about the same time, although he was always a bit further ahead of the curve than I was. There are a couple of songs that I was listening to a lot while he was in the hospital: Vapour Trail, and the Zevon songs, specifically. Then, there’s some stuff that just seemed appropriate, like “Wish You Were Here”.