Can a computer die twice in one school year?
Yes. Yes it can.
This time, not total death, though. My computer is "mostly dead." I can't login (and neither can the admin), but my data's still there. Or so I've been told.
How it happened: Inserted student jump drive, since the student needed to print a document. Printed it, no problem. Ejected jump drive by dragging it to the trash. Computer froze. Had to hard reboot. On reboot, this lovely little Mac didn't recognize any saved profiles, even the administrator.
The tech guy tells me he can have it back by the weekend. So I'm sitting at the bus stop, blogging with a borrowed laptop and a thimble's worth of hope.