Meanwhile, the desktop Dell Studio Windows PC is nearing complete setup. After 24 minutes on the phone with Earthlink today (reminding me why I pay such a huge price for Internet service -- because they actually DO provide service!) all my email issues were resolved satisfactorily. The second account was set up and we can now send email to all our thousands of friends and family (yeah, right).
The Outlook contacts have been synced with the roll-a-dex and the most current files from MAC Mail. Hubby has all his programs where he can find them and he can get his mail without going to the Internet itself.
In a week's time we have rebuilt our lives. Strange that 20 years ago our lives did NOT revolve around a computer screen. Now we're lost without it.