During the first part of 1999 I decided to make a change to my isolated life in the New Zealand Northland area and resigned my employment. I moved to the States on March 29th. I packed all my computers except Canis Major and Aquila, which I brought with me on the plane, and shipped them along with my household items to my parent's place in South Bend, Indiana. Because Canis Major was my main work machine I thought it best to bring that along with me on the plane. WRONG!!! United Airlines did a number on the machine as it made its way from Auckland Airport to Los Angles Airport. When I picked it up in Los Angles to catch the next flight to Seattle the box looked like it had been through a war. Arriving in Seattle I inspected the machine at my brother's place in Olympia and to my worst fears found that it was indeed damaged. Interestingly United Airlines doesn't accept responsibility for electronic items being transported by their aircraft. The damage to the computer was consistent to repeated abuse, being dropped or thrown. I repaired the machine but the CD-ROM and hard drives show intermittent faults. The floppy was history and all the interface cards were dislodged. My advices…never, never take anything of value with you on any airline if you can't carry it with you.
I got a job in South Bend with a computer sales and service company and having evaluated the condition of Canis Major as not being satisfactory I decided to purchase another computer. I added Taurus to the Eta Carina Ltd network. Taurus sports a Pentium III 450Mhz Intel processor, 128Mb RAM and a 19" ADI monitor. This baby will be my entertainment center. That's not all, I also purchased another machine to act as an Internet Web Server. Enter the new Carina (the old Carina was renamed Aries) running a Pentium II Intel processor and 128MB Ram. So Eta Carina Ltd will be overhauled in the next few months to a full fledged Intranet with Internet access through Carina. I purchased Microsoft's Small Business Server package to run on Carina and also bought Linux to run on Orion.