My iBook has been replaced with a brand new PowerBook. I still haven't figured out whether I am really missing two weeks of email but it looks like it. I'm still rebuilding and have much work to do to get my writing and development environment back in order.
Unfortunately because I have such a popular site, and eat bandwidth like a gold tooth saber tooth tiger, it looks as though I may lose my hosting. It may turn out that I simply can't afford to support all of this anymore. Stress and bother I say.