My laptop is finally a laptop again! Since my hard drive went bad about 6 months ago, I've been running it from an external. Not a small, friendly one either. I looked around and determined it would cost about $350 to repair it. That's why I've been waiting.

But I finally had it repaired. It cost me $80 to do it myself - the cost of the hard drive. No shipping cost either, thanks NewEgg. I hadn't done it myself sooner because I was under the impression replacing the hard drive was similar to the iBook: like dismantling an atomic bomb. I was wrong, it's more like installing RAM: very simple.

So I ordered the drive, a better one than I would have spent the $350 for, a nice WD 320GB 7200rpm drive. Restored it from my time machine backup, and it can now leave my desk again. Woot!

Since I've done that, Spotlight deems it necessary to eat up about 100% of one core and index the new drive. Okay, I can live with that. What I find funny however, is the remaining time estimate shown in the attached picture.

Wow, that's a long time. I did the math, because I'm a geek. That's 115,915.12 years. Guess I'll be here a while.