Well, I'm finally back from a move that took me about 30 hours to complete. No, I didn't move house; I moved computer. I finally got around to upgrading my office PC to a Dell Dimension 9100 -- a nice, fast, and amazingly quiet PC. I kept my monitor, a Samsung SyncMaster 955DF, which meant it kept crashing until I installed the driver, but other than that it worked out of the box.
I know that 30 hours seems like a long time, but when you're installing/moving 50 GB of files, it takes awhile. First, of course, I had to de-install some of the junk that Dell installed, such as WordPerfect and various obnoxious multimedia programs that spend all their time telling you you need to upgrade. Then comes the installation of Microsoft Office, Streets and Trips, FrontPage, Palm, Adobe Reader, etc.
After that, comes the moving over of Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express, and then a whole slew of music and picture files. I used Detto's Intellimover to do that. While the Program/Settings Mover was relatively snappy, the File Transfer utility that comes with it was not -- and had a penchant to hang every 20 minutes or so. After that I had to reboot each PC (time consuming since I had only one monitor and had to switch back and forth), restart the File Transfer program, and drag-and-drop the unmoved files. Unattended file tranfer it wasn't. So while I wouldn't recommend the utility, burning the files to CD and copying that way probably would have taken even more time.
Then came connecting the new PC to Comcast and re-installing the wireless router. This morning I finally sync'ed my Palm.
All I can say is thank God I'm a geek. Keeping the sequence of activities straight, files to be moved, etc., would have driven a normal person up a wall. Most any other appliance (microwave, refrigerator, iron) you just buy it and plug it in. Microsoft/Intel came up with Plug and Play. Why can't they come up with Move and Play? (True, XP does come with the File Settings and Transfer Wizard -- but the documentation is abysmal. It's along the lines of, "...and then magic happens." Sorry. When I've moving valuable data, I want more than a black box.)