My laptop fried today. Literally. The battery had been refusing to hold a charge these past few days, and the plug was loose inside its socket, and I was trying to tape it into place because the computer wouldn’t work otherwise — there was 0% battery, and the plug kept coming undone if you so much as breathed on it, and then the computer would turn off. I went away to get more tape and came back and the computer had turned off again and there was a puff of blue smoke (or, perhaps, the soul, going up to Computer Heaven).
I took it to Best Buy and they said the motherboard was dead but the hard drive was okay. The computer was almost three years old — I got it in late May 2009, just before my ill-fated trip to Washington DC — and I figure it just died of old age. I got a new laptop. Michael will help me transfer stuff off my old hard drive tomorrow.