Much progress to report though none of it particularly technical. Moved, changed jobs, hired some developers, working hard, exploring, dealing with WTC bombing fall-out effects.
On the technical side: using jabber server extensively for middleware messaging layer, lots of python going on, really like the MoinMoin Wiki, couldn't get samba to compile under cygwin though it should be doable (it's probably not worthwhile), Jarl/everybuddy are alright jabber clients for Linux, Windows registry entries can have duplicates or null key/values.
Had some new thoughts on category trees. Greater than, less than for a path or tree translates to childof, parentof. There's a really simple relationship between trees and strings which makes lots of algorithms constant order in surprising ways. [more on that later]