I've got a good sized update written in my head, and I fully intended to have had it put up here for y'all's enjoyment -- but I've spent my pre-work morning time dealing with yet another outage at my hosting provider.
I'm now officially researching alternative hosting providers. I'm in the market for something very much like what Michal's web hosting company offers as the "shell" plan -- that is, SSH/FTP, full CGI, some sort of SQL-based RDBMS, *nix, plus all the normal trimmings. Right around that price point would be good too. Basically, I'm leaning towards sabren.com pretty firmly right now; so try to steer me away from that if you want to sell me on your favorite provider.
Real update coming later, after work...