In an earlier rant, I was venting about my issues with technology. Several days later, I've calmed down a bit.
My "failed to start" problem was my problem. I had a typo in an XML definition file. Easily fixed and everything worked great.
I did resort to putting Windows XP back on my laptop so I could use an AirCard while I was out of touch, but I've since reinstalled Vista and things are running great.
10 deep breaths. Ah…