My Easter break has been somewhat happier thanks to TeamViewer. My parents in Italy have had their DSL up and running for a while, but the aging PC with the original Windows XP (yes, it is kind of tough to get those updates via dial-up) still needed quite a few Service Packs. Via TeamViewer I was able to remotely control my PC from California and go through all the various Windows Updates. I also installed Microsoft Security Essentials and (sorry, Steve!) the latest Adobe Flash.
Kudos to Senpai for the recommendation!