Good news: I've ordered a new computer which should arrive sometime on Friday. It's a newer version of the exact same model as my old one, with the same OS, so it shouldn't take much getting used to. It's also the same model as Odysseus's, so I ordered one that there will be no danger of confusing with his.
More good news: I managed to keep my laptop up and alive long enough to change the password to my blog, and Odysseus has made me a short-term loan of his laptop, so I can do a little bit here and there.
Little bit more good news: I can get Office through my job at MSSU, so I should be okay once I get everything set up, and transferred over.
The last of the good news: it was a hundred dollars less than I was assuming it would be, and ordered with Amazon Prime, so there's no sales tax, and shipping is the free two day shipping. In other words, I didn't need to spend near as much as I was afraid I would.
Bad news: the breaking-down laptop is resisting moving all of my data. I've gotten some of the most vital moved, but nowhere near all. Granted, I don't need all of it, and will likely winnow out old shit that isn't needed any longer once I manage to get it moved onto my new laptop. Unfortunately, I lost something like four or five hundred words of my current project (tentative title: The Schrodinger Paradox) through what the dying laptop is doing.
Worse news: what the old laptop is doing is randomly turning itself off. Not shutting down and rebooting, powering off without warning. The fan isn't broken, so what I think is wrong is a power supply that is in the process of dying. It might be salvageable, but I am not confident in replacing a power supply, and there's a diagonal crack in the lower right hand corner of the laptop's screen's frame, going from about 1 cm above the bottom right hand corner of the screen to about an inch above the bottom corner of the screen, heading up and to the right.
What I am planning on salvaging is the 4G memory chip (probably to go into Odysseus's machine) and the battery (if it fits).
Otherwise, I'm not sure if I'll do anything but have the system wipe itself once I save the data I can, and trash the thing.
It's a pity. The laptop has given me four solid years of heavy use without much complaint, until yesterday morning when I had warnings that this issue was starting.
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