Expensive bird, on the pavement, a moment after landing on APS power lines outside our shop.
In addition to causing our power to go out, one of the electrical components on the line caught fire, necessitating a call to Phoenix FD.
When the power came back on, my laptop was fried. It was about the only time I hadn't plugged it into a surge protector. Here is what I learned from this expensive lesson:
1. ALWAYs use a surge protector. I bought a little portable one that I now use at Starbucks, hotels, etc.
2. I now use DROPBOX.com to sync all my critical home/office/laptop files automatically.
3. I am bought a cheap laptop, with a service plan, and will throw it away in 2 years.
I hope this helps you avoid an expensive, time-consuming problem.