Back in business
My 7yr old Dell laptop finally gave up the ghost today, so I spent the better part President's day purchasing and setting-up/configuring a new one - it's been a long-time decision in the making, as I've been bandaiding my old one for several years now (piece by piece: new screen, hard drive, battery, power supply, software, etc).
Anyway, found a great deal at Frys electronics. New Acer AMD Athlon w/3G RAM, for $379; $409 out the door w/tax. Thus far, I love it - my hope is: it will be just as dependable as my last and serve me as long.
It's good to be back in business :>)