We've even now had a friend over, because Amy C. went there with us when we paid for it and got the keys.
That huge bin in my driveway? It's now mostly full. There're still things we can put into it, but there're also a lot of large pieces of crap that won't fit. I'm gonna have to order another damn bin.
On the one hand, it was liberating excising all that junk from the house.
On the other, it will very shortly get down to the "stuff I have to sort through" phase, which is a pain and a half.
But on the third hand, we're going to have access to both locations for several weeks, as well as the use of my parents' truck. So the move process can aid the cleanup process: As we move stuff we want to the new place, we can uncover - or at least get to - more of the stuff we need to discard.
Over on the PC karaoke front, some further investigation uncovered that the whole DMA/PIO fallback thing doesn't happen for USB connected drives, which isn't too surprising, given the nature of the connection.
So I went to Nerdvana (Santa Clara), and got myself a couple of USB to IDE converters. Those didn't take long to find. What took time was finding the internal USB cables.
Because they don't have any.
After considerable searching, I finally asked a salesman that seemed to have a glimmer of intelligence - and discovered that all they have is the little dual internal to backslot adapter things.
So I bought one of those, and unscrewed the cables from the plate.
I'll be performing the surgery shortly.