So a couple of days ago I got a new battery for my laptop. Old battery had gotten so it wouldn't hold a charge any more, way of all things. The new battery was delivered from across the continent in less than 24 hours, and it really is a wonder.
I am free once again to be online from anywhere around the house, out in my back yard even. Battery lasts a full three hours. I was so used to being tethered to my desk, with my laptop plugged in, that I'd forgotten what it was like.
No, a new laptop battery is not cheap. But this is the best investment of more than just pocket change that I've made in a long, long while.