Failure to RTFM (one in a lifelong series)

I had a few documents to update yesterday morning, and so I duly loaded the templates into OpenOffice. OO balked. After a standard-length period of staring in disbelief, I came upon the truth of the matter: a font common to all of them no longer existed.

Wait a minute, said I. Didn’t I copy all that crap from the old box during the Win7 migration? Alas, some crap went uncopied: Windows Easy Transfer will not move system files, which I knew, and Microsoft deems fonts to be system files, which I should have known but evidently didn’t.

So the first order of business when I got home was to crank up the old box, which hadn’t been used for a month, tell Adobe that no, goddamn it, you can’t bring up a dialup to get your precious update, and copy 900-odd font files onto a flash drive. (They weren’t on the new home box either, for exactly the same reason.) I’m not going to reinstall every last one of these, of course; but the ones I know I’ve used and will use again will be put back into service.


  1. McGehee »

    8 April 2014 · 9:31 am

    Flash drive? That’s what SkyOneDrive is for.

  2. CGHill »

    8 April 2014 · 9:48 am

    I’d taken the old box off the network; that wasn’t an option.

  3. McGehee »

    8 April 2014 · 10:48 am

    Ah. It’s a lightning magnet desktop PC. No wifi card.

    I went to a PC repair place last week for the first time in four years — to replace the broken touchscreen on one of my retired phones. Amazing what a difference going all-laptop can make, where one has the option.

  4. Dan Tobias »

    8 April 2014 · 6:34 pm

    I still prefer to do my real PC work on a real (desktop) PC, with a real keyboard and mouse, a wired network connection, and so on.

  5. CGHill »

    8 April 2014 · 9:13 pm

    I toyed with the idea of going laptop-only, but I decided otherwise.

  6. McGehee »

    9 April 2014 · 9:15 am

    I not only have a real keyboard and mouse, but a real monitor too.

    OT: I tried yesterday to install FreeDOS on a legacy laptop, but booting to the hard drive afterward failed no matter what I tried.

    I could install a new drive in a desktop box, but in these parts i’d also need a case of spare motherboards.

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