My goddamned work-computer internet connection/modem works now. Only had to reformat the hard drive twice to get it to work again, too (and this after every other possible option had been exhausted, and me with it.)
But I can blog while I write again, and I can research, and — ah, for joy, for frabjous joy. Simple things make me happy.
Knowing that I now have to reload all my software does not . . . but, hey, I did make sure the Internet connection would work before I even thought about putting stuff back on. I have learned, with this marvelous machine of stunning design and functionality (NOTE: Careful the irony does not drip off the message and contaminate your machine), never to assume things will work. Test first. Test again. Then spend time reloading software.