I was just playing with my manual settings (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, etc.), all the while using my (er, my dad's) tripod. Wow, can we say major difference?!?! The stability of the tripod allowed me to adjust my settings so much more, to get a nice, crisp, sharp image, even with SO little light! So detailed, too, just look at how dirty my keyboard is, and I never noticed that with just plain old eyesight! Haha!
The first one is completely untouched and unedited (not even resized).
Ah, it looks much more 'artistic' in black and white, heehee! Not to mention, it brings out the dust so much better! haha!