Bah! I spoke too soon about staying connected to the net indefinitely! Weird thing just happened and I didn't even have mIRC open. The systray and taskbar completely froze up, but I could still manage to click on desktop shortcuts. Couldn't get task manager to come up either this time. Something very odd going on here and it's obviously not a mIRC issue.

Never compare yourself to others - they're more screwed up than you think.