An external hard drive is a very good idea, I've suggested it to many of my friends. In addition to automatically syncing your documents and mp3s, you can take an image backup of the hard drive so you can "reimage" the computer at your whim. Of course such things would never be supported by the CNS Helpdesk and are done at your own risk.
I have been touched by his noodly appendage.
"I think we can all look forward to the time when these three theories are given equal time in our science classrooms across the country, and eventually the world; One third time for Intelligent Design, one third time for Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, and one third time for logical conjecture based on overwhelming observable evidence."