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Errantry: Novak's Journal
...Words to cast/My feelings into sculpted thoughts/To make some wisdom last
Personal/Musical: Computer Problems; A Sad Friend; My Music Coming to iTunes 
17th-Nov-2006 12:22 am
I See You!
The good and the bad.

I am currently maddened. Not "totally insane" maddened, but just "aggravated" maddened. I decided to try to tame my computer lust and to not upgrade my computer system yet, and to try to squeeze another year or two out of my current system. To that end, I've been trying to be aggressive in reclaiming memory space in my external harddrive, and to invest the smaller amount needed in order to add to my clearly-inadequate RAM on my computer, which I had long ago confessed was thoroughly overtaxed once I upgraded to the Mac OS 10.4 operating system. The major slowdown in performance was obvious from the moment the new software had been installed. So, I bought the largest RAM chip I could install into the available slot (giving me another 512MB). I received it yesterday and installed it last night.

No function. I've checked instructions, avoided all static potential, done all that I was supposed to do, and despite an easy installation process: no dice. I have repeated the process a few times tonight and still no function from the thing, and no recognition from the computer that it's even in there. So I've written to the supplier, as instructed, and wait to see what the next move is. I worked like a dog Sunday to finally restore full functioning in my calendar, so at least there's that....

So that's the bad, along with a sad conversation with a friend on Tuesday night who wanted to talk with me, among other things, about the sad news of her marriage coming to an end. I've never actually had a friend go through that, I realized, and that was a big part of our conversation in Starbucks as we caught up after not seeing one another during these last two months as I've been running amok with teaching these new classes and designing lessons.

The good. Well, what can I say that sounds good after that? I've had some fun with various former students getting in touch over Facebook the last several days. It's the kind of small surprise that just puts a big smile on my face when I suddenly see a name in my mailbox that I've not heard or read in years, and it's a blast to see what folks are doing with their lives.

One student, commenting on my music, made me look at my distribution setup, which I just had to give up on with the load that school was. It was crazy to produce a CD in the middle of doctoral studies to begin with, then moving toward doctoral exams and getting so sick as I was back then made me just have to put the music mostly aside. It really did take a daily commitment to be pursuing the marketing and tv/movie placement opportunities that I was supposed to be doing, and it had to give: the studies were obviously more important. So I took care of a couple of things that my distributors had been sending me emails about, and found that they were actually pretty easily resolved. As a result, the digital marketing setup is a lot more clean than it used to be, and the best part of it is that Life and Other Impossibilities will be available on iTunes in a few weeks. Now, granted, that and a lot of people buying it will mean that a lot of people buy it, but it'll be nice to have it so easily available.

Buy Life and Other Impossibilities
17th-Nov-2006 06:28 am (UTC)
i always have my brother, the electrical engineer, work on my computer. congrats on giving it a try yourself! sounds tough!
i am happy to see you posting your music! i haven't gotten to i tunes, yet, though i will be sure to look into that. btw, i borrowed your quote for my cd baby page, and need to edit it to give your journal entry credit! woo hoo! thanks so much for your help!!!

peace peace peace
18th-Nov-2006 01:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! And I'm so excited to see that the EP is here! Maybe I'll have more quotes for you forthwith....
18th-Nov-2006 01:34 am (UTC)
Oh, and no need to quote me as "Novak, Michael" My professional theologian name is "Michael Anthony Novak," to distinguish me from the Michael Novak who is already a famed Catholic theologian, and my music name, if I have such, has simply been the more casual "Mike Novak." But yes, if you edit it, I would certainly not mind it if you linked it to this journal main page: http://novak-freek.livejournal.com
21st-Nov-2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
My employers especially enjoyed your CD. I still have about half a case of them.

It's entirely possible that your bus does not support that much ram. Does the old chip still work?

22nd-Nov-2006 07:01 am (UTC)
Ah, I forgot I'd given you those. Tell those who enjoy them that they make good stocking-stuffers then, and to order more!

No, it was just a physical problem, it seems. He sent me a replacement and it works fine. I, on the other hand, have been sick for three days and just walking over here to the computer made me woozy....
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