I use an fairly ancient Dell Laptop for remote uses. It dates back to the generation just prior to "built in WiFi" and hence I use a slide in PCMCIA card for wireless access. It seemed to work fine for FIRST LEGO league this afternoon but would only stubbornly BSOD at the Conservative Bloggers thing tonight.
Fortunately the laptop is configured to dual boot with Fedora Linux and it had no problem with the WiFi card. Thus I was able to actually surf and post while Winder's XP sucked wind.
I'm just saying, While Windows blew chunks, Linux saved my day.