It had been weeks, actually months since my last sync between laptop and iPod Touch.
I've found it more convenient to charge the iPod with a wall charger instead of plugging into the laptop. And while traveling, the laptop was left behind in favor of a smaller, lighter netbook.
Unfortunately, the iPod Touch can only be synced with one other device. So either the netbook or the laptop, not both. The laptop has been used consistently with the iPod while photographs have been downloaded to the netbook before being uploaded to a popular photo-sharing site.
This week, time was taken to sync the iPod and download the newest version of iTunes and Safari. What a difference! Don't wait as long as I did. Keep your devices up-to-date!