My files are backed up (locally and on my wife’s PC for the time being), and I resolved to build a backup machine that would just sit on the network and store my backups.
We have two old PCs sitting in the basement — so I scrounged parts from both, burned a SuSe Linux boot CD on my laptop, booted the Frankenstein PC up, and got pretty close… only to get a partitioning error from the old Win98 hard drive.
This is actually OK, as the hard drive itself is pretty tiny, and 160 gig hard drives are less than $100 on eBay. I think that’s my next step, so my backup efforts are done for now.
Another day, another battle with the machines…