I'm probably Tempting fate with this one, but oh well.
Last week I referred a friend to a weekly e-newsletter, and there was an Audigy 2 ZS Notebook PCMCIA soundcard up for grabs to one lucky person. Well, last night I opened up my e-mail only to find out that I was the winner of said card.
Now, I know what I said about Creative in the PAST, but at least this card slides into my notebook and doesn't need any power cables or anything (so theoretically, the user experience will be similar to my Audigy 2 NX USB soundcard). I've gotten used to the quirks of Creative Labs by now, so I think I'll manage.
Here's hoping that some new technological gadget actually works.