So, my primary computer at home is refusing to boot properly (it’s having some trouble with a driver), meaning it’s time to reinstall the OS. The bad news is that I don’t have a backup CD with which to install the OS (although I do have a license key that will let me activate it once loaded). I’ll have to ask around at work tomorrow to see if anyone has a copy of XP Home. The good news is that my important files were backed up to an external hard drive, meaning I haven’t lost anything (cross fingers and hope). Mike is also going to try booting it off Linux and rescuing the data that way.
I’ve decided to try two or three threadings in my little woven sample – one a straight draw (as mentioned in the book), one a mirror-imaged straight draw (1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 -7-6-5-4-3-2-1), and one possibly a reverse (8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1). That will give me an idea of what can be done with small variations in the threading, without losing sight of the main points of the exercise.