Excellent suggestions, Beldaraan. I can tell your hubby knows his stuff, and you've clearly learned a lot yourself! I've learned everything from my hubby too. It sure comes in handy being married to a computer wiz, doesn't it?! (This site wouldn't have happened, otherwise!)
I hate programs that hijack your preferences, and are difficult to uninstall! MSN messenger sounds like a pain in the butt. Real Player is another example. It's probably the most invasive program ever made (it's almost virus-like!) which is why I have a link to a Real Player Alternative, instead of the original, on the front page of this site.
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"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open."
— Martha Graham