I found it rather fitting that last night's "Eureka!" episode dealt with a wi-fi virus that was crashing electronic stuff, like traffic lights, etc. Sychronicity, gotta love it.
When I finally gave up, I moved the coffee and filter into a funnel, put it over the pot, and heated up water to pour through. Let's hear it for low tech.
Well, off to go see about buying a new one, over lunch. A new coffee maker is my present to me for the holidays, I guess.