I have this term, Geek Tax, and I have to pay it every few months. Geek Tax is the amazing waste of time that you must endure when crap stops working. Today my internet stopped working. I've been troubleshooting various things for the past few hours, and I'm not sure I've accomplished anything. I think the problem is upstream from me, but I didn't get to this conclusion before unplugging, uninstalling, restarting, cursing, for a few hours. I almost redesigned my network topology in the process.
Of course the next tax will surely be in the form of re-installing windows or something like that.