One of the things people generally don’t need is a hard disk failure on their computer. What I really didn’t need was a hard disk failure on a desktop PC that isn’t even a year old.
(I did do a backup recently, but only a partial one. Sigh.)
The fact that the hard disk was failing was lost on me, as I’d never experienced it before. My CD drive kept running at random times, and that was the only symptom. Only when Neil accidentally unplugged the PC while Ubuntu was loading up did it finally give up the ghost. It died, just like that. Ubuntu wouldn’t load up. I couldn’t even reinstall Ubuntu to try and rescue my data.
Fortunately it’s still under warranty, and I do still have my old laptop, which is just about serviceable for web browsing. Unfortunately the geeks at the computer place cannot recover any of the data from the dead disk.
While this type of event is highly inconvenient (I’ll be restarting my freelance work some time soon-ish, as long as Anne is good about entertaining herself over short stretches of time), it definitely did not irritate me as much as it might have before (this would have sent me into paroxysms of impotent fury in the past).