I'm faced with a choice: I could take it to the Geek Squad and see what they can do, but this is a four-year-old Toshiba laptop with a cracked LCD screen (I've been using an external monitor for the past two years). Do I really want to spend a couple hundred dollars on a computer which I don't particularly want to keep?
I could scrimp and save, and by the end of the year I should have enough to buy a Dell laptop. I'm not looking for a powerhouse, but I do want something that I can keep for another four years. But that money could be better spent on home improvement projects (paint, flooring, etc), paying down my debt, or saving for car repairs (I still haven't fixed the damage from January).
Then there's always option 3: do without a home computer. I'm writing this post from work, and with a few exceptions (streaming video, iTunes), there isn't anything I do on the home computer that I can't or shouldn't do from work. Do I really need a home system, or is it more of a luxury in the fashion of satellite TV or the like, something that's nice to have and you've gotten used to it, but you can live without.