I'll start at the end of the story: I have a new computer. The bad news part is that the laptop I've been using for the past several years broke down. I'd been struggling with it for a while, trying--with the help of some computer-minded friends--to work out what was going on . It finally showed its hand and broke down decisively four days after my warranty ran out!
So, you can add this little darling to the list of equipment which I can't do without. I can be happy about it as long as I don't think too much about my budget. I wouldn't be blogging without it. Nor would I be storing and processing my photos and I'm working towards launching my Etsy shop soon.