I have been sitting on the sidelines since the last couple of weeks as my laptop, which has had power problems before (it was just the connector then which I had fixed), suddenly decided to not cooperate anymore. It seems like not enough power is being propagated to drive the screen and the drives. Thats just my theory.
So, this is me taking a timeout for a few weeks.
On an unrelated note, I have been reading The Linux Journal these days with all this time that I have, and there are always so many useful notes in there for anybody with a faint interest in the Linux world.