R. I. P. Thinkpad
So I played musical hard drive. Into the Toshiba laptop, the one I've been doing BK pulls from, have my six instances MySQL, various versions, set up on it, and potential Build Farm machine, I put the new hard drive from the Thinkpad. I copied what data I had from the Toshiba's old hard drive. Actually it's Hitachi, I've been see a lot of Hitachi hard drives lately. My old Thinkpad hard drive was a Hitachi, the new one I bought was also, and my father-in-law's HP laptop had a Hitachi drive that died. I gave him the old drive from the Toshiba since I didn't need it any more.
I miss the Thinkpad. I found its keyboard layout very easy to use, mimicing the standard computer keyboards by maintaining the familiar layout of key groups albeit placing them where they'd fit. By contrast the Toshiba's non-alphanumeric keys seem placed arbitrarily. Also I much prefer the track-point eraser-head mouse of the Thinkpad to the track-pad type of mouse control. I've gotten used to using it, but I'm always inadvertantly touching it when I don't mean to, and having that quick touch interpreted as a mouse click. It's not a terrible big issue since I don't go into X Windows that often, and do most of my work from the console.