Today my laptop refused to start up. I've tried everything (safe mode, repair windows, rescue media, re-install Windows) but nothing works. I've taken it to a person to have it checked out but its not looking promising.
So am I inconvenienced? Yes - I don't have my usual hardware to do my daily tasks. However, most everything I need to do for communication (email, Twitter, Feedly) I can do on my phone so I just switch devices.
Did I lose data? No - I have everything based in the cloud. I use Evernote for storing everything I want to read or be able to find later. I use Skydrive to hold all of my documents. My photos automatically upload to Dropbox.
I still will need to get a new computer (if it can't be fixed). That will take time to setup again (downloading files, putting on programs) but not nearly as much lost time as if I had lost data. Besides, I can still keep doing things as long as I can find another computer with internet (which I'm doing right now).
I think I will still need a Windows based computer. I have programs that only fully function on Windows. Do I need one that is touch screen? Do I need one that can switch between tablet & laptop? Any suggestions?