it turns out that an evaluation version of partition magic does not actually change partitions. therefore there’s eighty bucks between me and a dual boot machine. (oh, we have a copy at work, somewhere, maybe. but … that doesn’t help me now, does it?)
so if i go linux, i go all the way, all at once, and lose everything but the documents i just backed up and the emails that i just forwarded to myself.
i don’t know. and i’m feeling very impatient right now, but then again this is my computer we’re talking about here. i live on this thing. i don’t know if i’m entirely ready to give up all that it is now, right now. i would have given it up gladly had there been a screw up on the partitioning. but it’s different this way.