As of five minutes ago, I successfully installed a new memory chip into our laptop, giving it an extra gigabite of memory.
That may not sound like much -- and it isn't -- but one gigabite is a ton more memory than we had previously. Before, we had less than ten megabites available . . . and sometimes not even that much. The memory was so low I couldn't even open a simple Word document without causing the computer to act up.
In addition, Skype managed to update itself, so I am officially back on Skype, if anyone cares.
Frankly, though, I'm not as excited as I might seem. The memory is still extremely low and even as I type this, it appears to be filling up. We very well might have to buy a new laptop sometime, although right now it's okay.