So we dusted off the old Mitsubishi apricot, last night, the third oldest appliance in the house, and turned it on for the first time in 5 years. No USB orifice so no chance of wireless, but we used the old telephone wire and managed to get it to hook up.
The cutest thing was the approach the machine took to getting started. Do ye all remember that screen that used to come up "Dialling attempt 1 of 5"? It was so sweet really, like Thomas the Tank Engine, this steadfast computer wasn't in any way confident that it would manage to carry us all the way on to the world wide web on the first attempt, but it wasn't going to give up after that, oh no ... it would try at least 5 times, and then presumably explode. So yeah - in the end it managed to get us "ON the Line" everything was the wrong size, gmail didn't work, but it got us there.