My sister called tonight for a quick chat. Her laptop had a problem with the power cord not plugging into the computer to recharge the battery. She called our geek brother about it and he took a look at it. Turns out the connection to the motherboard is broken so the battery will never recharge from the power cord. Can’t replace the motherboard, so basically the laptop is toast.
She probably won’t lose all the data but I wish she had checked into the remote data backup service I told her about. It’s one of those things you never seem to get around to until it’s too late – unless you’ve been burned and learn to appreciate a backup.