After almost two months, I've got a computer again. The original one died, and two replacements didn't work out.
A strange reply to the above discussion, this, but somehow I feel I should give people a polite warning given what was said in a post above. Being a .44-Magnum man, I've learned a lot about the pistol, and one thing I've learned first-hand is that the gun is so powerful that if you shoot one off close to your ear, even with ear protectors in, the lateral muzzle blast--considerable from a short barrel--can actually kill. So don't check the efficacy of ear protectors that way. And on a side note, up in Northwest Missouri where I'm from, a fellow shot another fellow in the head using a "blank" from a distance of about six feet. That .44-Magnum paper wad went into his head so deep it killed him.
So check your hearing protectors with a mower, or a loud stereo, or a gun that isn't near your head.
I'm sorry to have been "out of the loop." I'm back again, and Dave Sheckleton should be writhing in bed every night over his bad conscience, since he aroused my gear lust with that JBL rig he's got.
Still in the fold,