Like many folks thses days, my computer is an integral part of my work day. Perhaps more-so, as an engineer. So I was particularly hamstrung recently when my computer died. For the second time in a month (and the 3rd time in 2010).
blue-screen-of-death. After many hours of conversation with our "PC Help" department, the bad news: Send it back to the main office to be rebuilt. That's 1800 miles and 2 time zones. Even with onvernight shipping it's a 3 day glitch. GRRRR!
Fortunately, we have a spare laptop in the office, so I wasn't completely dead in the water. The good news is that I now have a new computer approved for the 2011 budget, and the old one (with a new hard disk) will become a "new" backup.
Or as Neil young put it: