Thanks for hanging in there. The computer is back up and running with a bigger hard drive and faster operating system. And all under warranty! Thank you, Apple Genius Bar!
Lesson learned: when people suggest backing up your files, they actually think it’s a good idea for a very good reason. I probably recovered about 80-90% of our files, so not too bad actually. Definitely could’ve been much worse.
Regularly scheduled blogging will resume with more regularity in a regular fashion.
To your right, a visual representation of the repair process courtesy of the documentarians at I Can Has Cheezburger.