serious

Here's a dime, kid. Get yourself a real computer.

Today's tasks involve persuading somebody's old W98 laptop to talk to one of the XP boxes to the extent of using a networked printer. This would be a real chore even if the thing moved faster than a badger which is both pregnant and constipated, which it doesn't. Changing a setting takes about five minutes, and then it demands a reboot, which takes about another ten. Admittedly the machine is overloaded with toolbars and background programs, but still. This is why I never wanted to be a sysad, frankly.

Hmm.
It won't talk to the XP boxes. Given that we're apparently moving from Novell to MS for the main file and print sharing, I think he might be facing a more significant problem in fairly short order.