After considering a few unlikely scenarios as to how I might create the factory restore DVDs for the Aspire One, I just broke down and did the obvious: I went out to Costco, and bought an Aspire accessory pack. It contained a USB DVD burner, wireless optical mouse, and a simple case. I didn’t have any trouble hooking up the DVD burner or the mouse. I went ahead and made the restore DVDs, no problem. Then, I also created an image backup of the drive to DVDs, using Acronis.
I also removed the trial McAfee software today, and replaced it with F-Prot. So, at this point, I think I’ve got the thing all set up and configured the way I want it.