I've installed all what I need onto the laptop. I should be able to work properly on this machine now. I've compiled some of my projects, installed the october version of DirectX and grabbed the latest fmod release from their web site. If only I could access my computers on the second floor from down here (ground floor), I could grab the data files I need for my latest project to test it on this machine.
I've also started working on the Game engine series of articles. I wrote an introduction today which explains why it will be more a game engine series than a 3d engine series.