My laptop started randomly shutting down this weekend. No warning, seemingly for no reason… even when I was connected to power (which I always am because my battery life is around 10 minutes.) After the 3rd time I was about ready to kill someone… especially since I was trying to reconfigure the corporate firewall at the time.

Well I finally figured it out. The fan died, and it's shutting down when the CPU gets too hot. I now have an old CPU fan taped to the side of my laptop. I'd take pride in my crappy solution if I had a single compelling reason to be in front of my computer right now.