How I killed my laptop
My laptop is dead. It had been playing up over the last couple of months, to the extent that I became extra serious about backing up. Then a few weeks ago it didn't start up. Repeated attempts, however, were successful in firing it back to life, but it was a short-lived remission, and tonight it looks like it's gone to laptop heaven - it won't respond at all.
The machine in question, a Dell Latitude D600, was a good performer, but always a little flimsy. I think I've just worn it out. Now I need to find a replacement, fast. I don't have high requirements - a gigabyte of RAM will suffice, plus decent battery life because I'm using it most days on the train and when I travel. When it comes to operating systems, I don't want Vista - XP Pro for me, please. And I'd like something rugged and reliable. A laptop that is easy to live with, because I spend so much time on it. One quirk is that I like the little nipple mouse thingy more than the trackpad, which I don't get on with. And no one makes these any more.
I'm going to try to revive the Dell, just to take the remaining non-backed up emails and data off it - a few day's worth, so it isn't too upsetting if I fail.