I just spent a month without a computer... unintentionally. My "intermittent internet connectivity problems" which were "solved by my move from one hotel to another" were actually foreshadowing doom. Turns out those were cries for help from a laptop deciding life just wasn't worth living anymore.
I don't really consider my work computer a "computer" in the same sense as a personal machine. That whole use being monitored thing -- and particularly the blocking of (e.g.) the Crafty Games site -- make that the methadone to my sweet, sweet computer heroin.
On the plus(?) side, since I needed a new laptop anyway I went ahead and made the jump to the Apple cult. Yay me -- new, aesthetically pleasing, and more importantly functional
laptop. I have also, with the help of a German-English dictionary and a quarter bottle of Scotch, managed to get the internet working in my new (and, finally, permanent for my tour here) residence.
So, please accept my apologies if I dropped out in the middle of a conversation (or, say, a PbP game I happened to be running -- sorry guys!
). It's good to be back.
[Cross-posted to Off-Topic and Agent Transmissions.]