APparently he got up at his usual ungodly hour (anyone ELSE on this planet voluntarily get up at 4 AM??), went in to his computer, and his monitor kind of blinked and died.
We experimented, later - switching the thing off and back on, re-plugging it in, checking cables - all was in good order except that the monitor remained dark and blank.
rdeck began to go into withdrawal symptoms immediately, so we decided to go out and check out a new monitor and perhaps talk to a techie at some computer store as to what was ailing the current incumbent.
Apparnently being a pair of total GOdless Heathens, we completely forgot that, while many such stores are very much open on SUNDAYS, today was EASTER SUNDAY. Need I go on? All the stores were closed and shuttered, the partking lots ominously empty, and we finally picked up sticks and returned rather shamefacedly to the house to wait it out until tomorrow.
The dead monitor, although checked once again in the hope that things might have changed, remained dead. So much for hope of resrurrection in THAT department.
We did speak to a friend who's a tad more knowledgeable on the matter than we are, asking if the problem could be a video card (for instance) in which case a new monitor would not help - but the consensus seems to be that a new monitor it will have to be. So tomorrow, we're off monitor hunting.