But then my Thinkpad T30 developed a case of the dreaded design flaws and stopped working reliably, right in the middle of the busiest week of the busiest semester of my life. Brilliant. So it was off to Radio Shack (believe it or not) to buy a soldering station and some goodies and get down to testing out my shaky hand that hasn’t soldered anything in years.
400 surface joints later and the machine appears to be working, though it’ll take some time to really establish that stability issues have been fixed. Meanwhile, I never thought my life would look like this again: