Before the Pirate came along, I managed my own IT needs. I chose the computers I used, I set them up, I chose the programs, installed them and maintained them. When the Pirate came along, he had technology needs far greater than mine. He needed to support the LAN he'd been maintaining in his apartment, which meant bandwidth changes, which required a change of ISPs.
I made those changes and let the Pirate set up a network far more complicated than I'd had. I let him choose new devices and new software. Sometimes they worked, sometimes they didn't. Often, they'd work for one of us, but not the other one.
We've come to a point where the Pirate is unhappy about maintaining a network of three windows machines, two printers and two Macs. He's made decisions that have materially affected my workflow. For every fix or upgrade, I've been forced to make a lot of unwanted changes and had a host of problems to solve, and I can't do it anymore.
I'm divorcing my network from his. The Pirate can have his own little IT, and I'm going to have mine. I have three machines, an external storage drive and two printers. I want to figure this out myself so that I can support it myself, but it means that my computers may be down for a while (at least at home). I have a lot to figure out, and I'm determined to do it on my own.
As after every divorce, I'm going to come out of this one stronger, more focused and more capable of taking charge of my own life. And for this one, I don't have to kick anyone out of the house! HOORAY!