If you wonder why it’s been a bit silent here: intermittent computer problems kept bugging me. Even moving the mouse could result in a totally frozen system. You do everything you’re supposed to do – re-installing operating systems and software, checking all drivers, changing memory and cards, but to no avail.
It took a while before I realized that the motherboard (Asus M2R) was dying. I replaced it by a new, but slightly outdated one (read: cheap). Linux isn’t very picky when it comes to raw processor speed, and neither am I.
The new motherboard is running fine, and none of the problems resurfaced. I’m glad that I practice what I preach: make regular backups! Nothing got lost, but a few e-mails I got in the last few weeks still have to be answered. If you’re one of the unlucky people still waiting for an answer: my apologies. I’m working on it.