After the laptop crashed, the desktop became jealous of all the attention it was getting and crashed as well. Fortunately, today both systems are up and running again, and now with automatic backups in place to make sure any future data loss is minimized. There was a little trouble restoring email, but that's since been sorted.
If you've written me and haven't heard back yet, apologies for that, and the crashes may be why. Now that I have email restored I'm hopeful I can catch up on my online communications sometime over the next few days. And as some email may have gotten lost among the crashes, please don't hesitate to write me again if you don't hear back from me soon.