The hard drive on my 2.5 year old MacBook failed today. Most of the stuff is protected by backups but some is not. Remember to backup your data frequently.
Now for Mr. Angry eyes:
It turns out apple knew it had a problem with the seagate drives in these early intel macbooks and have refused to recall them. Not a good show. I've got 4 computers in my house from 4 different manufactures, and I've been using computers since 1983. I've never had a hard drive fail so quickly. Even if apple had simply publized the defect I would have known to replace the drive before it failed.
Ironically yesterday I was ready to sing Apple's praises as they detected someone trying to frauduently use my card at Apples online store.
FYI: I'm writing this post on an old gateway laptop running linux.