Well, still having problems. The new Laptop is very nice, very fast. I was able to get my old data off of the previous computer's hard drives (a big relief) so nothing was lost...
Except email. It is still there but I've been unable to migrate it over onto the new computer. So, for the time being, I have only the addresses of people who've sent me mail since the new laptop went online...and no access to archived mail.
Also missing is TablEdit, my TAB creating program. The program itself came over fine (or I could just download it from the TablEdit website), problem is, my Serial Number...the one that unlocks the program for 'full' (rather than 'demo') usage was saved as an email...on the old computer. :-( I've sent a query to Keith @ Tabledit but haven't gotten a response as yet.
So, I can't create any TAB until I get the program back running.
Otherwise, the new laptop has some great features that I've been playing with. The built-in video camera is excellent and if I can ever lay down a decent performance, I'll have some new videos up. The microphone isn't so great, it really sounds 'tinny'. However, using the USB mic works quite well.
I've been exploring some additional options for getting the sheet music photographed, post processing, etc. There's an OCR-Sheet Music program out there called "SmartScore" that I demo'd several years ago...well the latest version does a much nicer job and it will even scan photos. The cool thing is that it plays the music back to you and allows it to be saved as (don't look, Rob!) a MIDI file.
That MIDI file is very important to my ongoing Classic TAB project...TablEdit can import MIDI and automatically generate Tablature. Of course, it requires quite a bit of 'cleanup', but it is far faster than doing it the old fashioned way, note-for-note.
Another "plus" for SmartScore is that it is designed to interface directly with "Finale", an industry-standard music publishing software...and does both standard notation and TAB. Pretty cool!