It never fails (pun intended) to amaze me how often a device breaks just after the guarantee runs out. It is as though the manufacturer builds the stuff to break after exactly two, three or five years, depending on the type of guarantee I get. Case in point is one of the servers we deployed some time ago throughout South-East Asia. Three years and two months (give or take) after installation, one of the servers suffers the death of a motherboard, effectively grinding the machine to a standstill of course. As spare parts appear to be rare, time to resolution is currently, er, imprecise. What is also a bit unclear is what the maintenance contract (eh?) looks like. Sigh.