I am sad to report that my ThinkPad has died. Or rather it is in the midst of its dying throes at the moment. The hard drive is crunching away like a pepper grinder while I attempt to nuke the remaining data before recycling it.
I am hard on my laptops. I took my ThinkPad everywhere, dropped it or smacked it into a wall at least once a month, tripped over its power cord daily, overheated it on several occasions because I forgot to put it to sleep before tucking it in my briefcase, hauled it around without padding, and so on.
It had a hard life, and all I replaced during its 3 years and 8 months was a used-up trackpad key, a burned-out DVD drive, and a motherboard last May, all under warranty with IBM/Lenovo’s excellent customer service.
This is why I always recommend ThinkPads. And I still will, even though I plan to get a Macbook to replace it. That magnetic power cord sounds good for a clutz like me, and I can’t stomach the thought of using Vista (or XP, ugh), until Windows 7 finally arrives.