This should explain my lack of blog entries this week...
...a dead hard drive.
A generous friend tried to recover the data last night, but the drive simply did not have enough life left in it. I did a fairly significant back up a couple of weeks ago, but I did not capture everything. Lesson learned.
And now for the good news... I bought a brand new machine last night for the first time since 1997 (I have bought or inherited a couple of used ones since then). It is lightening fast in comparison to the dinosaur I have been working with. The time required per blog entry may be cut in half!