Well, it was a good thing my tax refund plans were not too ambitious, as my old CRT monitor went all wonky and I finally had to get an LCD. Here is a little screenshot to celebrate my new screen's acreage and clarity. Silent Night for iTunes, where have you been all my life?
I also got a cheap webcam made by (gasp!) Microsoft. It was cheap and plug-n-play, OK! My lousy old webcam didn't work with Snow Leopard, so no more webcam software for me. Rawen gave me headphones and a mic for free, very excellent. Skyping with Hilarita99 and Shelbing was great even though we couldn't figure out how to have 3-way video. Maybe I'll have to finally give iChat a try . . .
I ended up buying more RAM than previously planned, so I'm speeding along with 9 GB. It was not that hard to install, even though I couldn't figure out the 16 ways to ground things mentioned by this geek. Just the lovely anti-static bracelet for me.