So my faithful little laptop has now died. It’s 4 years old and hasn’t really been treated all that gently. (my father-in-law just poured his drink in it a couple of weeks ago). I’m faced with the choice of buying new or repairing. It was purchased through the University of Maryland’s student program with 4 year on site repair, but …. sigh. I had a post in preparation about free online books, so I’ll try to reconstruct that soonest.