1. There's a boil water advisory in your area - all water has to be boiled, including for brushing your teeth and washing your food. Do you:
a) start boiling up some water, or
b) spend your hard-earned money on bottled water.
2. Your faithful, four-year-old laptop gives you warning signs that all is not well (eg: screen appears to want to detach from keyboard.) Do you:
a) buy a new laptop immediately,
b) wait until "Old Faithful" dies a painful, inconvenient death and then buy a replacement,
c) ignore all warning signs and duct tape screen to keyboard portion?
3. Assuming you do eventually have to replace "Old Faithful", do you:
a) buy a Dell again (four years trouble-free surely means something)
b) buy a Macbook (oh - the prettiness)
c) ask, why a laptop? I'm a desktop guy/gal all the way.