You cause the stepper motor in the hard drive to die in an orgy of clicks and tocks, which is the sound that greeted me shortly after turning Bender on when I got home from the Land of Enchantment.
How fortunate that I had recently backed up everything that seemed backupworthy onto a thumb drive. Now I just need to get in touch with Adobe today or tomorrow and get a fresh download of Acrobat and I'm golden.
Meanwhile, I have the laptop open on the keyboard tray of my desk in front of the dark monitor and silent tower of my desktop machine, which feels oddly like pitching a pup tent in the bedroom and pretending you're camping. "Look! I'm on an intergalactic cruise without leaving the office!"
There was a brief moment of panic this morning when it appeared the wall wart on the new laptop had picked this moment to crap out as well. Thankfully, it turns out that those things work a lot better when you actually set the power strip into which they are plugged to the "ON" position.
The only sad thing about this process is the certain knowledge that there's no way this el cheapo commodity laptop from HP will go the decade-long distance like the kilobuck-plus tower it's subbing for.