It broke. Really, and it was not my fault. One minute it was working fine, and the next the radio transmitter had died. I suppose it would have worked with an Ethernet cable...but it's a laptop, and I want to use it in a variety of places, right?
So we returned it, and got this Toshiba Satellite instead. Give me a week or two, and I'll let you know how sturdy it is. So far as first impressions, it has my favorite touch-pad mouse ever. It's fast, and while a bit heavier than my original choice (Asus), it's not too heavy to drag around.
So maybe I can catch up on correspondence soon. If you are waiting for something from me, now is the time to send me a nag note.