Hardware problems cause a person to lose three of the things they treasure: their time, their money, and their sanity. Today I got a double dose. The first dose came in the form of my company issued IBM Thinkpad. I bought a shiny new 18GB hard drive (quite the upgrade from 6.4GB) only to find that it didn’t fit (despite the company telling me it would). The second dose cam in the form of a VERY dead hard drive which went up in a ball of flames (actually crc errors during boot). I’ve installed a shiny new copy of Debian on a spare drive. I’ve yet to try mounting my old $HOME, but I doubt I’ll recover anything (like the 2 years of work stored on it).