Holidays over, starting at new job (home office for now). Things picking up in the next few days. Last month’s Vista crashes turned out to be caused by ReadyBoost, specifically the driver for the flash chip on the hybrid HD. Disabled the whole thing for now, since the driver update didn’t apparently fix it.
More to come in the next couple of days.
Edit: forgot to mention, I turned in the forms necessary to enroll in the University. Forgot to bring along a copy of a receipt though, should mail that in in the next couple of days.