Just found out the hard drive on the old laptop is toast, with the only chance for recovery being expensive "we extract data from banks that tried to hide their money laundering and then burned their hard drives" companies. Big thing gone is a ton of family photos, but there was some work stuff and gaming stuff on there as well. We have some backups, but not an especially recent one. I know, yell at me later.
Back up everything, kids. Early and often.
Anyway, a new computer is in the future for us. The dead machine is a MacBook, which I really liked, but I am not an Apple snob. I am intrigued by the idea of building my own PC, but wonder if I have the skills and the time.