If you get a lift out of schadenfreude, you've probably enjoyed my recurring tales of woe regarding my Nikon Coolpix camera. I bought it in June 2009 and it has traveled with me to five of the seven continents and staunchly taken 23,000 photos. A real trouper -- that is, when it isn't in the shop.
Twice it's been in for repairs when the eyelids failed to retract fully and expose the entire lens. (It still took pictures, but they had black triangles at northeast and southwest.) Once it was in for mysterious spots on the lens, which congnoscenti thought were specks of dust on the sensor but actually were serious enough to warrant a new lens.
So here's the camera in its new getup. Much classier than duct tape, don't you think?