I spent the better part of last night knee deep in piles of compressed air, thermal paste, an accursed T10 Torx security screw, and a piece-of-shit memory card reader. My PlayStation 3 decided to drop a yellow light of death on me, and I really didn't feel like paying Sony $250 to repair it for another six months. So I took it upon myself to repair it.
I'm not going to go into details about the repair process - for that, check out iFixIt if you want to try it - but rather the results. My work transformed my PS3 from a fragile brick into a shade of a working console. It plays discs and games fine, but has sadly lost all Internet connectivity. No Wi-Fi, no Ethernet. Also, my controllers are wired-only. It's essentially become a HD PS2, which is not entirely a bad thing. As a console in was primarily a Battlefield machine, but now it's mostly useful for bawling my eyes out as I repeatedly watch the opening to Up.
Jokes aside, this has revealed a strange change in my psychology and how I play games. My initial reaction to finding out that there was no Internet wasn't sadness at the lack of Battlefield - rather, I thought "may as well not play single player games, since my trophies will be lost when I replace this". I was ashamed when I felt this, but it does reflect a big change in how I play games and how I feel them. I've become so accustomed to earning trophies, and then sharing them via Facebook and bragging about them that I had a moment of "I should burn $300 NOW so I won't lose any trophy progress".
So I'm intentionally not replacing my PS3. After I complete Mass Effect 3, I'm going to finish Castlevania Lords of Shadow and Saints Row 3, knowing that the trophies are likely trapped to this husk of a console, which can die at any time.
Addendum: so you may have noticed that this really isn't a "DIY disaster", but it's a delightfully cheesy and cliche title, so I kept it. Also, the front green, red, and blue lights are so dim as to appear off unless the room is in total darkness, which isn't entirely a bad thing.