Today, I had my first IM conversation with Stella :)
When I set up the new computer, I had installed gaim. Yesterday, Stella asked whether I could set it up so she could chat with me, in case I work in Wolfsburg, since it'd be cheaper than phoning, and so I set up an AIM account for her (thanks to the helpful link in gaim's FAQ, this was easy; the hard bit was finding a username that wasn't already taken but was still memorable) and set up gaim on her XP account & added my AIM account to her Buddy List.
And today I got my first IM from her :) worked pretty well.
First she got addicted to eBay, now it's AIM; she seems to be warming up to the idea of using the computer ^^.