I know this. But thanks to a lovely stomach flu and various other pressing issues, my blogging has ceased for the longest amount of time since *glassShallot's birth on November 1, 2004. Travel has also been a reason: I've been out of town on various assignments, and since I can't decide which new laptop to buy (at this point, money isn't an issue; a guy who has actually been paid to write Condé Nast-sanctioned laptop buying guides can't actually find one he likes), it hasn't been easy for me to work on the road. My criteria: a 12 inch screen, 3-pound weight, DVD drive, and 5 hours of battery life. It doesn't exist. Or does it? Let me know if somehow you've found something I've missed. (Also check other tech guides on MP3 players and handhelds if you're in the market for new toys). Less techy/servicey stuff to come soon.