OMFG, BR, dude, you're like some sort of Murphy's Law magnet, apparently. Although my week hasn't been that great either - what with the fun fact that I have to present my work-in-progress dissertation to my department head next Tuesday (which is still in its a-year-ago state), and if he ever so dislikes it, I'm out the door, and in line for army draft. The consolation is that whichever way you spin it, I apparently have some form of systemic arthritis, which reeeealy undercuts the chance of my being drafted... aside from all the pain and woes being arthritic brings.
But stories like yours remind me why I still keep my old Pentium 1 PC around - the damn thing is still working like a charm despite being half my age and has all I might need in a real emergency, including DosAmp (yes, there WAS a DosAmp, made by the same people that made WinAmp), and even a USB interface (apparently, USB is THAT old a concept). I could theoretically even mod on it, although there's no actual way for me to test anything off it, I suppose, since it's only got a 4 Gb HDD.
And now, let's end the runawayness of this thread back to its twitterific nature =)