I got my laptop back from being repaired.
I’m a little mixed about mentioning who did the work. I’d rate my satisfaction as neutral – their customer service was abysmal, but the kid who did the work was OK. So, I’ll neither endorse nor diss them – they’ll just be consigned to anonymity.
Luckily, I bought the Apple Extended Warranty, so I didn’t have to pay to have the drive replaced. Also luckily, I managed to back up my user directory to an external drive, so all my Reason and Live files are intact, as well as a bunch of other important stuff.
But alas, I can’t seem to locate all my installer disks. This is worrisome, because I’ve just been asked to make another piece of music for devil sticks. My ideas often get worked out notationally in Finale – and the Finale installer is the one I can’t lay my hands on. The other bummer is that I lost a bunch of Refills and patches from the Applications filesystem.
I’m stuck meditating on how we grow to depend on these silly little, brittle machines, and how much effort it’s taking to reconstruct my little virtual home. Things could be a lot worse, though – so I won’t complain too much.