My laptop (Verbal Kint) bit the dust this morning. It was a three-year-old Sony VAIO z505 that I got while in college. It didn't even give me any warning signs - it just shut off and no longer shows any signs of life. In more recents months it was demoted to glorified Web browser and mail reader, but it served me well taking notes and writing papers in college. It was the first laptop to really demonstrate that you could have a fully featured laptop that only weighed three pounds (which is why I bought it), and ever since I have been unable to use any laptop that weighs an ounce more.