Another friend had a HTC One phone whose screen popped and shattered while he was browsing twitter. HTC refused the replacement despite being a month old, claiming he dropped it. After filing a Better Business Bureau complaint, they replaced it under warranty.
Either way, something like that will get someone's eye and hopefully the original poster will be happy. The bigger problem is that this is a thing Dell will break a warranty over, which is ridiculous.
Every year or so I pull the drive out and update it with changes and ensure that it's still functional. So far it feels like a pretty good plan. If I wanted to step it up a little more, I would put this in a safe deposit box in a bank. I still ponder doing that, but really I'm not so important for it to truly matter, haha.
One group just updated a crazy analyzer to a Pentium M with 1 GB of RAM. Cost: $40k. It's obscene.
I'll definitely miss the imposing nature of the old Zeiss, but the new projector should have some of the best star shows around. I'm really looking forward to seeing it. And probably Laser Pink Floyd and Laser Nine Inch Nails, too, heh.
Pick one format and migrate all of your messages to that: In this case, I'd say mbox. Thunderbird and most other mail programs read it and you can get most of your mail into mbox format via IMAP/Thunderbird from whatever mail client can read your old ones. You can store your mbox files locally in Thunderbird and gain Thunderbird's searching (for instance) without the need for an actual back-end. I was able to read some mail stored in Netscape Mail because it was just mbox files and opening them in Thunderbird was a breeze.
Most importantly: Every 5-10 years, re-evaluate your storage choice. Is Thunderbird still around? Is mbox still pretty well regarded? If you find you need to migrate again, do it! If both are still active / supported, then hold onto 'em. The only way to perpetually maintain media access is to make sure your choices are still valid on a regular basis. This is true for any media: As the old formats go obsolete (cassette tape, VHS), you need to migrate that data to the next readily accessible format (CDs, DVDs; FLACs, MPEG(?)).
I think the biggest problem is that you have a mish-mash of stored files right now. You'll save yourself a headache in the future by tearing the band-aid off now and taking the time to get all of your mail into one format. Then, in the future, when you need to convert, it'll be many steps easier since you won't have to visit Slashdot and find out what to do about your mail again next time.
As a Windows user, I had been using Windows Live Mesh to take care of this (as well as remote desktop). Microsoft is replacing Mesh with SkyDrive, though, which is limited by the amount of storage they give you. The replacement that I HAVE been using is Cubby, from LogMeIn. Visiting their website now, though, I find that what they are calling "DirectSync" is going to become a $7/mo paid feature. Seeing that, I am very excited about this development from the BitTorrent crew.
I love to collect old video games. How can I do that when the download services don't offer them anymore and/or have been turned off? What if the games have to authenticate against a server to install and that server or the company is long gone?
There's been a lot of speculation that the new consoles will start focusing on digital-only downloads. There are a lot of reasons that this is a ridiculous idea (25 GB download of a fully-packed blu-ray disc on American broadband? Sigh...), but most of all for me is for the future: What happens when that service goes away and my hardware dies and the games are gone?
I don't like where gaming is going.
You're right. Good point.