Just wanted to post a heads-up. There is a conflict between Microsoft's update KB951748 and ZoneAlarm. Something about that update will cause ZoneAlarm to block your browsers from internet access and ultimately shut your connection down. ZoneAlarm is recommending that you uninstall this update as a fix for right now. Turning your ZoneAlarm setting down to "medium" will also fix this problem, but obviously will reduce the level of security provided by the program.
We're looking to purchase another laptop for the family and wondered if there is something specific I should watch out for and insist on having on this machine. We've been looking at Dell Vestro 3550 series.