Well, I took the plunge and finally
upgraded updated my laptop to Windows XP Service Pack 2. Had a good laugh at the “…we strongly recommend that you back up your system…” message first, though. The whole process took nearly four (4!) hours to complete, but all in all nothing really went wrong.
One extremely bizarre thing, however, is that I lost all my Firefox bookmarks. Didn’t even try to figure that one out; I have backups.
I rather like the new Security Center that comes with SP 2. At the very least, it makes me feel a little better. There’s also a far better-looking Wi-Fi interface which makes connecting to and from wireless networks a whole lot easier.
It still broke Nmap, though.