Apparently I bought it in December of 2004. Apparenrly I bought it, and left it to sit on my floor, sealed in its box as it's replacement is doing now.
I took having the replacement as courage to open it up. Turns out internally the power button is fine, it's just the stupid piece of plastic over it that wasn't lining up, so I removed that and now, if I have something to poke with, it works fine, however, while going in to do that, I broke another button. Apparently, according to the karma forms, this button breaks often when opening the karma and the right "fix" is krazy glue.
The question on my mind is, do I try to tape the poor old karma back up, or move on to its replacement (creative Zen:M 30g)?