Those of you looking forward to Zathali will be pleased to know that we have progressed to the stage where we can start progressing again.
Getting a new computer is a funny thing, you see. The downside, apart from the expense, is the worry. The worry that something will go horribly wrong when you're making the switch from old PC new PC and you'll end up with no computer at all, or all your data will get lost somehow, or your old but beloved programs won't work anymore, or a swarm of imps will descend upon you to devour your flesh, or some other catastrophe.
Maybe I'm the only one who gets this, and maybe I'm just being paranoid, but in this case, it was entirely justified.
First I had to jump through hoops to transfer the old hard drive, or the contents thereof. I don't know why, but the new computer outright refused to acknowledge the drive's existence when I hooked it up, and I couldn't move it back and burn everything to DVDs or whatever because the old computer apparently committed hara-kiri the moment it realised it was being replaced. I eventually managed to sort that one out with some perseverance, missed meals and a lot of cursing...only to discover shortly afterwards that the new computer had decided to shut off my Internet connection for having the sheer audacity to try and install a new OS on it.
Also, while I was trying to fix that, I gave the old computer to a friend who needed one of his own; apparently he'd decided it'd be cheaper to have that mine fixed up rather than buying one himself. I wasn't going to use it anymore and it was too old to be worth the trouble of selling, so I was OK with that.
Guess which game disk I discovered I'd left inside it after he carted it off.
I've got it back now, though, and thankfully the fact that I am now running Vista doesn't seem to be causing any problems on the BGII front. Therefore, I will be able to get back on Zathali very soon.