So I decided to splurge (again) in order to try to make myself feel better after a somewhat lousy week.
Like a little boy dashing off to the toy store to buy another model tank, I went to the computer clinic and upgraded my Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop from 512 / 266MHz to 1024 / 333MHz megabytes memory.
Also did an addiitonal low-level defrag using diskeeper to speed things up just a tad more.
Now my wonderful laptop has been reborn as a truly powerful, screaming machine, and that makes me pretty happy.
It would sure be nice if when we die we could bring our laptops with us. I don't know how I could survive without it.