Help? Please.

I’m writing this on my BlackBerry (I’m SO glad I have it) because my laptop is in a coma. Yes, my beautiful little XPS with an even more beautiful skin from (look it up yourself, I don’t want to take the time to put a link up from the BB).

I refuse to say it’s dead until I have a doctor look at it, but it’s not lookin’ good. Something about the hard drive and blah blah blah. Yeah, I ran diagnostics and the error messages don’t lie.

So anyway, I need your help. Two-fold. First, if you happen to live in the ML area, who should I take my beloved to? I’m highly interested in data recovery because the external hard drive I DID have died a couple years ago (ugh) and I never got around to getting another (ugh).

Second, Pete and I have been looking into buying a desktop (more seriously than we’ve been looking into buying a house, which I wrote about the other day and also? We’re not really that serious about it and can I also say that list of stuff I posted about the house I want? Yeah I’m totally dreaming/fantasizing, I know that’s not realistic and I don’t expect anything close to that.)

Anyway. We want a desktop. And now it’s looking more like we need one, too. So help topic #2: What kind do you recommend? I’ve always had Dells and while I like them, I’m sure there are some other excellent options out there. Yes I want a pc. No I don’t want a mac.