So I took time out and turned on the telly. It's really interesting when your On-Demand screen hangs for a couple minutes. So, I when I finally got out of the "please be patient" screen, I logged into the latest Black Jack anime. Halfway through, it hung. I tried all the manipulation options on the remote, and nothing helped. After five minutes, it just started up again, for no known reason. Better than a friend's cable box, which stopped working pretty much entirely, this week, but left me wondering what's with the electronics.
So, back to check the laptop, which I had plugged into power and was wondering what to do if I could never get it out of its indeterminant state. That's when I noticed it was HOT. Hot enough it was uncomfortable to put my hand on the back. Hmm, hot is a Bad Thing. But what to do? Um, I put it in the freezer for 20 minutes to attempt to cool it down. When I took it out, it had shut itself down. Plugging into the outlet again at least got a power light. I didn't try restarting it. I suppose I will later today, then try to figure what to do, based on the response. There's a lot of important stuff on that laptop, much of it not backed up because I've been writing a lot lately, and haven't been making copies (note to self, do this at least weekly).
Meanwhile, sometime I really should see if there is a way to get the really old (ca. 1998 IBM Aptiva) computer working again. I don't know if it's a virus, or just electronics going bad, or maybe a combination of the two. It's only marginally functional. But all I want from it, at this point, is Framemaker, the photo-editing software (really old, too, but all I really need), the graphics stuff, and the scanner. It was quite sufficient for everything I wanted, that way. I don't need the latest bells and whistles... (No comments on it being Windoz 98. Until they get Framemaker to run on Linux, I am limited.)