I figured out the expired certs thing myself yesterday and turned cert checking off on my computer... I hope that's ok... It's really quite annoying when you have to wait several seconds to delete a file or open an application because of this. Realistically, I think this should be the number one news item in any nation that uses Windows XP, since many people are going to be wondering about this and are going to be in the dark.
I got an Almanac for Christmas! At first I thought it was a crappy gift (sort of) but now that I know I can plan wars with this thing I feel a bit better about it. It's not like the FBI is going after people with cel phones or laptops that connect to the internet with it's wealth of information. Yep, all I need is my almanac to survive.