Apparently non-computroid persons have been having a hard time following my tale of woe.
Here’s a brief translation, with a tiny background note.
When computers overheat, they break. The older the computer, the more likelihood heat will have damaged components. Additionally, the closer together the parts of the computer are packed (as in a laptop), the more heat becomes a problem.
My server, a rebuilt-from-junk parts Mac about 4 years old, displays the symptoms of heat death.
I have spent the last week relearning the essential computer-user’s lesson, “Do it right the first time; cutting corners costs time.”
Until I can replace the part that I think is heat-damaged, inexpensively, it appears, I have implemented the mother of all temporary solutions, to the amusement of many, possibly you.
Now, will someone go get their mom to read this back and check for comprehensibility?