Over the weekend, I accessed the internet, standing up, at a slow, old computer the size of a small elephant and much prone to crashing (with what looked to be one of the earliest versions of blogger possible) and wading through things hordes of acronyms like WEP, DNS, DHCP, WPA, ISP, IP, cmd, TCP, not to mention mysterious words like ipconfig and ping. I have followed numerous esoteric (to me anyway) suggestions made by people who gave of their time to help in attempts to diagnose what was wrong with my laptop connection to the internet. Unfortunately, often the answers I got back from running diagnostics made as much sense to me as the acronyms. Less perhaps. Try Ancient Egyptian or basic Hittite.
In the end, I don't think it was anything I did (except ask it one more time to automatically find my IP and the DNS for the network connection) that solved the problem as abruptly as it had started in the first place. Both times, the server went down (for everyone in the house) beforehand.
I guess I'll never know what it was all about, but one thing I did have reaffirmed. There are wonderful people out there in the Web. People who will give of their time for others for no remuneration except my grateful thanks. You rock, guys.
P.S. And Khaldan - as I read your first comment, before reaching the end, I couldn't believe my eyes. Hrugaar had suddenly acquired geek status??