good news: my beloved ibook has been returned to me. all my old data is intact, so i have no need to resore from backup.
bad news: i have a sore throat and can barely talk. i'm not stuffy, nor is my nose full of custard. i pray it's not bronchitis or the sars.
c'est la vie...
updata: after sleeping most of the day i'm feeling better. thanks to everyone who sent well wishes and told me to "get better soon".