I was able to get some work done yesterday and today on both “Hog Valley” and “Twisted Key”. “Hog Valley” is strictly editing and rephrasing for clarity. I could deliver the MS tomorrow, but since it has to wait until the end of September, I might as well go through it one more time.
“Twisted Key” is still in development. I’ve got a hundred pages done, and before I move on to page 101, I am doing a first round of rewrites (that’s very alliterative, isn’t it?).
The providers of one of the applications I use every day sent me an add for “System Mechanic” by IOLO. It’s one of those “do everything” tools that promises to improve your system speed and reliability. In other words, it’s a collection of utilities with some common support and reporting tools. System Mechanic has been around for a few years, and this is Version 9. something.
I installed and ran it. I downloaded a 30-day trial of the fully functioning application from Cnet (www.cnet.com), instead of a ‘dumbed-down’ version. So far, I like it. I’d just run Advanced System Care (by IObit)a few minutes earlier, so I ran System Mechanic as soon as it installed. And, by George, it found a few Registry errors and one or two other things that ASC failed to pick up on its scan of my system.
That’s not unusual, by the way. All of these tools look for the same sorts of errors, but since they’re not all written by the same programmers, they will find a few more or less errors. Just find a tool you like, and stay with it. You’ll be okay. I don’t know if it’s any better or worse than Advanced System Care, but that’s what the 30-day trial is all about, isn’t it? I’ll let you know if I still like it in another 29 days.