It's amazing how much it costs to keep the area around the space heater warm. Too bad it doesn't extend too much to the rest of the apartment...
Cable organizers have been ordered, as well as a case for the display and mics.
More importantly, the new laptop has been ordered. I did, in fact, eventually go with System76. They appear to have a good rep, and the price/value is reasonable. Now I just need to wait and see how much of a learning curve Ubuntu is going to be.
I'm still trying to get a full backup of the old laptop disk. The problem is that it freezes, completely randomly. Nothing seems to be wrong with the actual data on the disk. It just looks like the controller has gone flaky. Probably bad RAM.
Now I should probably get to that music I keep saying I'm going to order, huh?