There's nothing fun about your computer dying, especially when you're a writer and you haven't backed up files in... well, never. That, as you may have guessed, is exactly what happened to me last weekend. First things started to move sluggishly. Then my laptop wouldn't shut down. When it finally did, it wouldn't turn back on. Even my Apple engineer roommate couldn't fix it. That's how I found myself curled on in a ball on the floor, frantically playing through my mind a list of all the files I'd doubtless lost. It was, in short, no fun.