I’m switching over to a new laptop (actually, the same old laptop, but with a new disk with new software installed to try to run away from the badness the old software had: a long story). It’s a huge pain to re-install everything I had surrounded myself with. While a fresh start is appealing, I fear leaving something behind, or overlooking some crucial data or setting that will be difficult to recreate.
And of course, the new software will be the latest versions of everything, so there’s the risk that something will break because of those upgrades. For example, the software that creates this web site is broken, I think because of an upgrade to Pyana 0.9.0. I’m creating this entry on the old laptop, running the risk of getting the two machines out-of-synch after copying my personal data.
Update: the problem was a difference in how Pyana deals with newlines after XML declarations in files, and my Python code assumed the declarations would be on their own line. The problem is fixed, and this site is now live from the new laptop!