My 3 year old Toshiba laptop died a few weeks ago, and I ordered a desktop from Dell which arrived 2 weeks earlier than expected, Yay! This new computer has plenty of power and a large monitor; using Corel Painter has become enjoyable! No lagging and room to paint with all the palettes handy.
Also have found some better online storage options. The latest version of Picasa has a much improved uploader and Google sells 20 gb of storage for $5 a year. so its much more feasible to use the web albums for backup photo storage.