The laptop that has been my primary computer for over five years finally gave up the ghost.
The screen died. I can get a whole nother computer for less than a new display.
I jacked a monitor into it and am backing every thing up across the network to my file server (the important stuff gets backed up regularly anyway–I’m concentrating on the hidden configuration files in my home directory).
The timing is a little frustrating, since I spent several hours this weekend fine-tuning Fluxbox. But I can’t complain. The box has taken everything I’ve thrown at it and, as my old mechanic used to say, doesn’t owe me a dime.