Un-bricking Debian: apt-get crash in non-critical packages

I’ve got an old Asus Eee netbook that I run Debian on, since as much as I love Gentoo, I wouldn’t want to compile anything on that Atom N280 – and I’m too lazy to setup distcc. Unfortunately, the beast tends to fall victim to chronic MCEs, almost systematically in the course of apt-get operation. […]