My trial versions of PSP keep bellying-up 60 days along, so I finally went searching for a different picture editor. I have one 'legal' copy of PSP on this pc, PSP 4.0, but it doesn't open all formats, GIF's included (or excluded). Of the two programs I found that looked pretty good, GIMP and Paint.net, GIMP was the winner by ease of install. Paint.net wanted to install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, which didn't bother me too much, except that after 15 minutes it was still idling away at 9%.
I miss my browse-ability that all the PSP versions afforded me, that feature that allowed me to look at all the pictures in a folder as a window of thumbnails (if GIMP has it I can't find it, yet). GIMP does something else, though, that my other programs didn't do: it puts all the files in a viewable list, regardless of extension. Suddenly I'm seeing not just jpg and gif, but here and there an avi, as well as txt files. Tantalizing this is, and I opened notepad to look at some of these old files with names like olddesc.txt and ops.txt, both originally from 1997.
A note of explanation here. I transferred file folders from my elder pc primarily to view and work with the pics that were enclosed therein. I realized there were other files among the photos and drawings, but lost track of them as I mostly viewed the folders in that browse feature in the paint program.
Secondly, I have some things on my elder pc which are, or were, encrypted to prevent casual viewing. Seems some of these came over 'locked' while others... well, others weren't locked, apparently, as I discovered when I opened them ;o)
The olddesc file happened to have my original yiffnet 'description.' Nothing much to see there, except a phrase I used to employ: "Deny Nature and deny yourself; embrace Nature, get a cookie." Other txt files contained some of the dirgiest and most pathetic writings I never published, mostly whining about being feeling deserted by friends and such. Chatroom growing pains written to myself and filed away to ease my mind.
My updated furvey was among the txt's, dated 8-21-99.
And there was HTML in them thar txt's. I use notepad as my exclusive HTML editor, and here and there I found code fragments of old webpages of mine, and others'. Nothing fancy or intricate or involved was there, just little snapshots of 1997 and 1998: faded Polaroids if you will.
If I uncover any files of interest I'll post about them.