It's the end of the shipping saga. The package showed up at the house. The package tracking can now tell the tale. The package came from Shanghai, China. It was sent out from Shanghai on January 8 and arrived in Ontario, California on the same day, nearly the same time, due to time zone changes. Then it sat in customs for 6 or seven days, and finally to Oakland, and delivery here in San Jose today.
Now it's time to find out if the result is worth the worry and the wait. The package is very light and small. The battery seems to weigh as much as the main box. I'm glad that I have a large screen to use with it most of the time, as 12 inches is pretty tiny compared to the 15.4" and 22" screens I have been using. I can also compare 1280 x 800 to the 1440 x 900 and 1680 x 1050 pixel units.