I'm using VL6 SOHO RC2.8 as my main system while awaiting the final version. Everything has been fine there. I also installed VL7 Alpha on another partition. I'd like to give it a good workout but I can't. The reason:
My mother passed away on April 3 at age 91. She lived across the road and I talked on the phone with her every day for almost 30 years and of course, saw her often. I miss her a lot. However, at the same time my husband and I are immensely grateful that she died almost exactly as she had often said she wanted to. She hadn't been sick and she died in her own home of a probable heart attack. She was gone within minutes or seconds. She lived alone, which meant of course that my husband and I faced the immense job of cleaning out her house and getting it ready to be sold.
My brother and sister-in-law did drive up from a distant state and stayed for three weeks while they did a great job of sorting and organizing. But my sister-in-law's mother is 93 and not in the best condition, so they couldn't stay longer.
The sad fact is that my dear mother was a major-league hoarder. She saved EVERYTHING. I'm talking about things like toilet paper wrappers, lids from milk containers, backing paper from stamps *after* the stamps were all gone, empty spools from thread, all junk mail, every card she ever received including the envelopes, thousands of grocery coupons, every recipe she ever found from newspapers, magazines, and package labels, thousands of photos, and on and on. Unfortunately, it's not just a matter of finding a bag of junk and throwing it out. Every piece has to be gone through because Mother would slip family photos and mementos in junk mail envelopes and stuff everything into a plastic bag or box.
My father died 12 years ago. He and my mother never got rid of broken TVs, lawn mowers, small appliances, and duplicate pots and pans, so we're faced with piles of stuff that most likely does not work and we have to test it before we discard it. We have a massive 30-foot dumpster along Mother's driveway and it's filling up fast.
My husband, who'll be 73 in 3 months, works all day at the house and I've been sorting and going through stuff 8 hours a day every day for almost two months. This is not an exaggeration. The end is starting to get in sight but I estimate at least another week before I finish sorting. Then I have the equally mammoth task of finding room for the stuff we're keeping. Our house is small, we have no basement or attic, and our living room right now is covered with boxes except for a few square feet. We have hired a couple to organize an estate sale that I hope will find new homes for the furniture, pots, dishes, TVs, appliances, books, tools, etc.
One good thing coming from this is that any hoarding tendencies I had have been thoroughly rooted out. I've never been much of a hoarder but like many of us, I keep things I should get rid of. Once Mother's house in on the market, I'm getting to work on our place and putting everything that's just taking up space into a yard-sale pile.
One thing that's scary about hoarding is that there seems to be a hereditary component. My mother's sister was a world-class hoarder--her house was like what you see on those TV shows about hoarders. Her brother was also a serious hoarder. Maybe it had something to do with growing up in the Depression of the '30s and having an alcoholic father. Since neither of those was the case with me, I hope I won't develop this difficult psychological disorder.
Anyway, I don't generally get on the computer until after 8 p.m. and that's to do my e-mail and forums, which doesn't leave much time for testing. Please excuse my venting.