MAC MAKES SUCH SUCKY HARDWARE!!
Isn't so convenient how everyone always breaks after the warranty expires? Even when you buy the extended warranty, and even when the problem is a manufacturing defect. Since last year, my laptop screen has been progressively dying. It started with a few blue speckles, spread to a 2" strip of static, and is no slowly consuming the right 5/6 of my screen.
When I turned on my computer today, the whole right side of the screen was pitch black, leaving only a thin strip of unaffected screen on the left. Using the zooming feature to hunt around my desktop -- which is only marginally effective, since your mouse doesn't stay centered when you zoom, and it quickly vanished behind the wall of black -- I somehow managed to open Safari, log on my email account, and evacuate my precious thesis files so that I wouldn't lose access to an entire semester's worth of work.
After a while, the right half of the screen began to come back in bits and pieces, enough to be able to semi-navigate, but not enough to really do a whole lot. And -- worst of all, unless I keep my computer *perfectly* horizontal, the right side goes black all over again! And it's over $700 to get it fixed, too. Freakin' macs. Wonderful OS, terrible computer.