The missing files problem turned out to be a Mandrake rc.sysinit fault. The moral of the story is fsck has a "reboot computer" return code. Respect it.
And this is a little bit freaky. (from JWZ):
Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.
New Chicane album out tomorrow. I've already heard a bit part of it at their live consort and this will the be the first albulm in a long while that I've actually been looking forward to.