Just a quick update tonight. My main PC is now back and running better than ever. I now have four times the disk space, faster drives, and a RAID-1 array which is good insurance against a drive failure.
The bad news is that it took a lot longer than expected, partly because they didn't even start working on it until Tuesday afternoon. Then we learned I needed a new power supply. Then we found that the fan on the graphics card was dead. Finding a new fan proved to be easier than a new graphics card, since I'm running dual DVI displays and for some unknown reason, all the new cards now come with only one DVI and one HDMI port.
Bottom line, I didn't get any work done on Wednesday. Normal publication of The Night Owl resumes Thursday evening.