Running on borrowed time
Fresh from the double trouble hard drive failures in my server I've just had to go and buy a new transformer and cord for my primary development laptop. The old cord had just stopped working, I think 3 years of being wrapped and unwrapped every day took it's toll and broke a connection somewhere within it.
They sure do gouge you for those spare parts, $95 Australian it cost me for a replacement but at least it was only the cord and not the whole laptop that needed replacing.
My laptop, a Compaq Evo N160, is holding up reasonably well but it's definitely showing it's age. As I write this there is a folded up piece of cardboard jammed into the hinge of the screen which helps stop the crazy kaleidoscope patterns that appear when I first turn it on. If fiddling with the cardboard wedge doesn't work I have to push down on the bottom right and top left corners of the laptop while pushing upwards into the centre of the laptop with my left knee. Once the spinning screen stops, I have to keep very still to stop it from happening again.
That's pretty much indicative of most of my computing equipment. It was all purchased almost 3 years ago or more and it shows. I can cope with the little quirks each of my machines has for now but they're all on borrowed time. Every time I have to fight with my laptop to stop the screen spinning or my server blue screens at startup I wonder if it's day has come.
I just have to keep them up and running for a few more months. If they can hold together until Sydney is released I can start to retire them gracefully and replace them with some nice bright and shiny new machines. Assuming Sydney actually generates some income that is.