Bit the bullet today and bought a new computer since my tech guy pronounced my laptop DOA. It hut the wallet but as Jeff predicted, the new machine is bigger, better, and faster and even my wife (who is herself a devoted blogger) said to me this evening, "wow I'm really glad you wrecked our old machine!..." I really love that girl!
Fortunately the old hard drive was salvaged with all my files saved (particularly my maps and flag designs.... and my scraped shins are mere flesh-wounds!...so we are back to it!
And I have to say all of your blogs out there are REALLY spectacular to see on a new 24" flat screen monitor!
The only down side is I had to promise my better half to lay off ordering new figures for a few months so we can catch up...but my metal backlog is so deep that it is probably a good thing to catch up for a while.