Arrived home from Melbourne and discovered that something was very wrong with my laptop.
The casing split open; it sparked when I turned it on; the hinges that allowed me to open and close the computer made ominous noises. All things that probably should have worried me more than it does, but I go through laptops the way some people eat popcorn, so I basically unplugged and nodded and revisited my to-do list to catalogue all the things where a web-accessible laptop was an essential tool.
Turns out, there was a lot of stuff, so I did the sensible thing and took it to my local laptop repair place which uses phrases like “48 hour turn-around.”
They took one look and said: good news, it’s cheap to repair.
Bad news, it’ll take us up to two weeks to get in the parts we need.
It’s going to be a tricky couple of weeks.