I finnally managed to bring my computer back to life, it was a hard drive faillure and none of the data could be recovered, (well, hardly anything worthwhile anyway).
I am normally really careful when it comes to backing up my data so I did not really loose anything important, but I still lost a lot of time re-installing everything, looking for passwords I forgot I even had and so on.
Outlook alone took forever, I use popfile as a spam filter, but it takes a while to ‘teach’ it what is spam and what is not. I also have to check every emails to make sure that it did not report something as that is not spam, (and it did a couple of time), I get in the region of 3500 emails a day, (almost all spam), but I cannot really afford to miss one email.
Then there is firefox and all the passwords that it saved over the years and so on.
I also descided to update my computer so now I have a x64 machine with 4Gb of memory, truth be told, I have not really noticed anything ‘outstanding’ with it yet, maybe my old computer was not so bad after all.
Maybe one day I’ll write myself a little app to backup all those settings so in case of a crash not as much data is lost.