...Blogging has been light because both of my computers were beset by viruses, worms, spyware, and other Internet beasties. The home laptop has now been debugged -- rebuilt, actually -- though the office computer is still out of commission.
The most difficult files to shepherd through the transition were my iPod music files. Presumably because of piracy concerns, Apple has made it very difficult to upload songs from your iPod to your PC, even though that's the most natural way to restore the files after a computer crash (since you've got many Gigs-worth of stuff already loaded into an external drive). But it is possible, if you try hard enough. I used the method described here. Unfortunately, I used that method after trying to have the files transferred by other means, an attempt that was only partially successful. The result was that 400-some music files were duplicated after the upload from the iPod. And it turns out that deleting duplicates is also something Apple doesn't make it easy -- though this time I can't imagine why not. I had to delete all the dupes one by one. Now I find that, for some reason, the iPod has 1327 songs while iTunes has only 1325. I haven't decided whether it's worthwhile to isolate the two odd-songs-out. It's not as easy as you'd think. If anyone has suggestions for how to do this quickly, let me know.