What I wasn't really thinking about was that the laptop is protected from voltage surges through it's charger.
That tower made it through this summers rolling black-outs with no problem and the few outages we've had since.
Until that voltage spike we just had.
Then I had a gray screen of death with a pink line on top.
After I tried rebooting, we have the blue screen of death.
And I still have to see how much we owe that tax cheat- Tim Geithner.
I powered everything down for five minutes and we're good to go.