I now have a landline and ADSL2+ connected, but I accidentally let the magic smoke out of my computer, and they tend not to work so well after that. I bricked my hard drive while shorting out my power supply. Fortunately I have an old small hard drive I can boot up using Ubuntu linux. No space for downloads or editing, but I have basic computer functions. I can use the internet and write and print and play media.
This will slow down getting my podcasts edited and into the feed. I'll shop for the specs I need for a new PC while this one limps along. It looks like laptops are getting as fast and cheap as desktops. A silent PC is a high priority. It would be nice if I could run a linux that has drivers for my camera and scanner as well, and Ubuntu doesn't do that yet.