It appears that I decided to buy a laptop at just the right time. My trusted desktop, which I have run Ubuntu Linux on for years, has bit the dust. I got a laptop preloaded with Windows7 on it and thought I would keep it thus-ly so I could play some of the old D&D-esque games on it that I have lying around - Can you say, "Diablo?"
Anyway, I have found that much of what I have amassed during those years are no long compatible with my latest OS. = ( GIMP is no longer an easy option (doesn't appear to have a stable x64 Window$ release), and I have no desire to fork out the cash for Photo-Shop, etc. I guess I will have to see what I can salvage from my external before I decide if I want to; keep Window$, dual boot, or go whole hog and change it to Linux...
Until then, I have been rebuilding a new Ukarea in Hexographer, which I am pleased with thus far, while skimming old blog posts in my blog list to see how I want to continue... If nothing else, trying to figure out how to recreate what I have done with the new OS has inspired me to push on with the project.