So HP finally sent my laptop back to me. It’s been a whole big mess. Their customer service is very disorganized. I got two different (mutually exclusive) explanations on what caused the delay and I still don’t know which one was correct. Now I’ve been going through the long process of re-fixing Vista (that’s right, the OS ha to be fixed to be usable) and re-installing my programs.
My site has gotten visible enough that I’m getting multiple spam comments per day. With so many other things to work on, I put off installing a WordPress spam filter until it actually became an issue. A good guideline that not enough websites follow: don’t fix problems that don’t exist when there are problems that do exist to work on.