After much struggle, I realized that there were memory issues on the computer. Running memtest86+ found memory errors. Eeek! This computer is headed back to the vendor, and I'm getting a replacement: something that can run Windows XP.
On an unrelated note, we found a wonderful new Indian restaurant: Naan and Masala. Don't let the ambience fool you, and make sure you go there with an empty stomach. Their paneer kulcha is delightful. Avoid the seekh kababs: they aren't very authentic. But the standard curry fare is crazy good.
Trying something new: after having ignored my blog for months, I'm going to try posting something new every day. I expect the quality to plummet shortly, stay low for a while. Then, it will probably drop a lot more. Wish me luck!