I just woke up my venerable workhorse Power Mac from its overnight slumbers, and it made extremely worrying graunching sounds. A few minutes’ warming-up and it seems to have settled down, but still… eek?

Please don’t die please don’t die please don’t die.

I bought it on 18th September 2002, and it’s been rock-solid since then. True, I have swapped out the hard drive for a larger one, fitted more RAM, and… actually, that’s about it. The video card took a beating when an old LCD monitor blew, taking out the card’s VGA output, so I’m down to the one (ADC) screen now. But it’s a real trooper, this thing. Still runs everything I need like a champ.