My iMac died tonight. I was sitting at my computer, luckily having just backed up the entire thing to a FireWire drive, and the power surged then went out. Actual smoke came out of my computer! (there was still enough natural light to see it) I was a bit freaked out about it, but then was reminded that our homeowner’s insurance should cover it. I’ve been dealing with the (surprisingly kind and helpful, so far) insurance people for the last couple of days. I have to get the machine inspected by a tech (it’s there now) and declared dead before they can cough up some replacement money. I’ll have to shell out a little (deductible and all), but I’ll get a new computer out of the deal, so it’s not all bad. In the meantime, I’m using my TiBook from work, so it’s not all bad.