I guess I'm back to blogging. I had a rough holiday - my laptop computer, which was my primary, was stolen while travelling (along with my digital camera, my USB drive, and other stuff), the weather back home in Kentucky was miserable (completely unlike DC right now, I should say), and I caught a pretty massive head cold. I've got my old laptop up and running, but it took me the greater part of two days to actually get the thing in usable condition - deleting old programs and documents, updating and installing new - it's amazing how dependent I've become on freeware and open source programs. It's also amazing how much information can be lost in such a simple act. I probably lost more information to a Columbus Ohio pawn shop than people a generation ago would have encountered in their lifetime.
I also had the distinct luxury of fighting through my mother's CoolWEBSearch malware while at home. Not a pretty program, there.
Here are the programs I have installed on my computer:
Google Desktop Search
Google Tool Bar
Google Gmail Notifier
Sypbot Search and Destroy
If I had used the GmailFS before my laptop was stolen, my life would be a lot easier right now.