I did it. I broke down and bought a new computer. You may remember that I was trying to hold out until my 5 year reunion at Wake Forest to upgrade my PC, but I cracked.
In the past 6 months, my sweet, free [read between the lines: included in tuition] WFU laptop started to show it’s age. First, it caught on fire. Silly exposed wires in my power cord. No problem, right? I just turned it off for an hour or so, bandaged the power cord with some duct tape, and turned it back on. Just like new. And then we started having to turn the TV up louder because of the helicopter type noise it would admit. TV on volume 35? No worries, we don’t have to hear in later years. Burns on my thighs from a broken fan? Eh… at least it gave my pale winter skin some color. But when the laptop refused to stay on for more than an hour at a time, (bless its little heart, it was doing the best it could) I knew it was finally time to give in and buy a new laptop.