My IBM Thinkpad crashed in a big way yesterday. I think it’s the hard drive, because it failed to boot. The problem had been developing over the last several weeks, and I ignored it. I did manage to back up some files to CD, but lost all my mail from the last year and a half. I tried to do a “product recovery,” but that wouldn’t even work. The machine just shut down at every attempt. I’ll get a new hard drive for the machine and either use it at the office or sell it. I had to buy another notebook, but in a town like this, there’s not a lot to choose from on short notice. I ended up getting an HP pavilion ze5375. It’s bigger and clunkier than what I’m used to, but I’ll adjust.