Firebolt is Flying
The new laptop is flying just fine. The long-loyal Nimbus 2000 (a/k/a the old laptop) is destined for a better fate than destruction by the Whomping Willow.
I take this moment to offer unsolicited free advertising to the guys at Neo Computers of Iowa City who set me up right, and to the person who must remain anonymous who steered me in their direction.
Job opening at the courthouse. Should lead to some interesting community dialogue next spring.