On February 11, 2008, my brother's laptop computer passed away suddenly in his lab, of causes relating to a malfunctioning hard drive, at the age of about 3 1/2.
The computer passed suddenly, giving only a few unusual noises before ceasing to work completely. Also passing with the laptop were many files including computer programs and mp3s.
The Compaq was purchased a few years ago and had been in use basically every day since then. It served as a faithful companion to its owner. He used it for both his engineering homework and entertainment as he listened to music and visited social networking sites and other websites. Although he was thinking of replacing the computer, its demise was a surprise. It will be missed as my brother participates in his research and school projects.
The Compaq is survived by its owner, and by the owner's family, as well as an iPod and a Dell printer. No memorial services are planned. The search for a successor has already begun. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a new computer fund...