DayLight, my desktop computer, seems to have died. At first, just the internet connection shut down. So I saved my work, copied it to the USB drive as usual for my end-of-class-induced paranoia, and restarted the machine. The screen remained blank. It does that sometimes, something with the video card I think. Turned it off, cleaned dust off, took the video card out and cleaned it a bit, checked it out but it looked fine, put it back in and reconnected everything. Still a blank screen,. Tried both the HDMI and regular onboard video ports, still nothing.
My only working computer now is the heather lady, and the only files I have are those I safely backed up to the USB drive. No supporting documents, but I can recreate most of those from the bibliography, which thankfully was on the drive.
Fifteen years ago, I could probably have fixed it, I knew how those machines worked and I had plenty of spare parts to swap out. But this third version of DayLight is a "modern" computer, at least as of 4 years ago. I have no idea how it works and I do not understand component compatibility. I have no spare parts.
I can probably finish the projects anyways. I think. May be. I hope... But I can not print it until I get the printer installed onto the Heather lady. Testing that out now, hopefully that will work.
At least the machine's three hard drives are probably fine, the data should be safe enough.
Do NOT like computers. Never have, not even when I had a career intimately involved with them.