My thinkpad R52's screen died a couple days ago. I decided that this time I was going to be a man and install Linux on my new machine: all our servers run Debian, and "apt-get install" is just so convenient vs manual package installation on Windows. And it looks like qemu is a good enough "poor man's vmware" that I could still test stuff in IE when necessary.
Alas, it was not to be. My new laptop is an HP dv9005, and although ubuntu's livecd mode ran fine, when it actually installed itself to the HDD and loaded X it did strange and colorful things to the LCD. Things that didn't resemble an actual desktop. When I told it to start in recovery mode instead it didn't even finish booting.
That was all the time I had to screw around, so I reinstalled Windows to start getting work done again. Which brings me (finally!) to this advice on tortoisesvn: it really puts teh snappy back in the tortoise. Thanks annonymous progblogger!