I got home and the internet had died... again. I got it started but the webcam wouldn't work. I rebooted it and then focused on the Shuffle.
I tested it and no go. I ordered a new one and then went to the website to see how to invoke the warranty. Interestingly it has a one year warranty but any of the same thing purchased after March of this year have a 2 year warranty. Anyway, I read over the FAQ's and thought I'd test one more time to make sure I hadn't locked it. I plugged in the earphones and it worked fine. WTF?? I canceled the order and tested the webcam.
No go. An hour later I had discovered that Comcast, apparently gifted me a new IP address - at 2 am this morning.
Then when I thought everything was working, the desktop machine took a turn. It could ping websites but no browser worked. It's rebooting now. Holy crap on a stick.
Ok now everything does seem to be working... I hope.
Whew. That was a not fun way to start the day.
But, it's bound to get better. Nothing big on the calendar today. And the way-too-hot of yesterday seems to have calmed-the-fuck-down to normal. The sun is out and it's still warmer than I want but at least it's not uncomfortable and the next two days are expected to be cloudy and cool. Yeah!