My new computer is up and running, and only now do I understand exactly how messed up my old computer was. This is quite miraculous. I press a key, and a character appears immediately on the screen. Not only that, but the character that appears almost always corresponds exactly to the key I have pressed! I just spent part of the morning setting up my folders and shortcuts and my desktop picture. I keep everything in folders on the desktop. I don't know if that's the most efficient way to work, but it's how I work.
I have Windows Vista now, and the user experience is so far not so different from what I'm used to (other than the whole "press a key and the character pictured on said key appears on screen" miracle), but I'm noticing that unsolicited help and instructions will appear while I'm working in Word. I'm also doing something that is causing my view to change unexpectedly. I'm not sure why this is happening, and it's not bothering me yet but I'm sure that if it continues to happen it will wear out its welcome very quickly. I think that I'm inadvertently hitting some keyboard shortcuts. I'll need to do some investigating.
There are some vague post ideas forming in my head right now. It will probably take some time, since I've been in one of my periodic blogging slumps for a few days. Even the shiny new computer isn't providing inspiration today (but it's still fun to blog from my couch). Now, it's time to work.