Okay. I've had this laptop for a little less than a year (bought in January of '21). Yes, I've used it all day, every day, within that year, but...
...it shouldn't be threatening to die on me already.
So. Tuesday, I woke up with an incipient migraine--halos, sound and light sensitivity, irritability, and all--and went through my normal morning routine: get dressed, get the kids up and fed, get the kids' school lunches made, just...get shit done, y'know? And then, I sat down with my laptop to surf the news and check email while I drank coffee.
And two minutes after I started using it, it quit being able to access the internet. It's done that a couple of times, now. I started out with turning the wireless card off, then back on. Then, when that didn't work, running the troubleshooter. And then, I tried the restart.
Only...it froze. And then I got a blue screen announcing that Something Was Wrong. And Please Wait while the laptop tried to repair itself.
It spent the whole day at 0% done, on a blue screen.
I had two finished first drafts of two different novels on this damn piece of hardware. And several finished short stories. I can't just...toss it. So, we've spent two full days trying to get the stupid thing to unfuck itself to the point where I can get my damn finished drafts off of it. And we start trying something else tonight, and it...
...it unfucks itself, and starts.
I will be spending quite a bit of time grabbing usernames and passwords off this hunk of plastic. As well as the documents. Looks like the documents copy over is about 40% complete, at the moment. And yeah, I'll use it for surfing comfortably in the evening until it dies the final death, but...
I think I'll be using the desktop for the foreseeable future. I don't think I trust my laptop anymore. Not even as far as I can throw my car.
I think I'm going to need another draft book, though--one of the book ideas I had came abruptly unstuck when I moved over to the desktop.
I am going to have to find my Office CDs. I don't think Libre Office has the functionality I really need for what I want to do.
The moral of the story? Computers may be a necessary evil in the modern world. However, that does not mean that they aren't evil.