well, after a massive computer surgery, i'm back online at home again. It involved nuking my operating system and reinstalling the bare bones of things i needed. my lap top is now 3 years old and couldn't handle a lot of what i installed on it... let's say: oracle 9i lite, weblogic 8.1.4, jboss, jmeter, j-bippity boo.
i'm glad it's nuked i must say... now i can just reinstall things i need with new software. i think that works better than upgrading in a lot of cases.