So why the delay in new posts?
Our computer broke. Our computer, which was a desktop PC built into Sea Gem's navigation station on a special shelf, was not only our blog-posting machine, but also our chart plotter for navigation. Although we have multiple backups, it is better that it died now than while at sea.
Since our old (and now dead) computer is an ordinary desktop PC and is fairly power hungry (with the monitor on, it would draw 7 amps at idle and would climb to 10 amps or higher when launching programs, etc.), we were actually thinking of replacing it with a new, more energy-efficient computer, but hadn't yet made up our minds as to whether the purchase was justified. In the end, the old computer made the decision for us.
|Out with the Old|
|In with the New (and Tiny)|
Although the new computer fits neatly on the shelf than the old computer occupied, since it is not wedged in vertically (on account of it being about 18 inches shorter), we added a nylon-webbing strap to keep it securely in place.
As an added bonus, the new computer connects to our stereo with Bluetooth, so we can play music, etc., through our regular stereo instead of separate, tinny computer speakers.
Unplanned replacements are rarely enjoyable, particularly when they involve large expenditures and back-breaking labor only to restore the status quo, but our new computer is the exception to the rule: it was cheap, it was easy to install, and it a clear improvement on every level.
Now that we are up and running again, more posts to come soon.