New computer is up and running, after two days of serious shouting (we seem to do that a lot) and blind alleys and dark mysterious adventures. Right now it's downloading Worlds of Warcraft, so Im still wedded to this one. The final step will be moving the email over, and then shut this down. Sob. It may be slow, it may be cranky and noisy (this new one isn't all that quiet, btw), but like that old raggy blanket that sheds more than cats do, it's familiar and known.
We will live through this, yes we will.