[SATLUG] Lapptop Screen - [OT] That's one of the reasons I hate Apple

John Ziriax ziriax at gmail.com
Sat Jul 19 20:57:18 CDT 2008


All great reasons for an open platform with an open OS. It is either
that or pay for their hardware, their software and their maintenance.
Open is definitely cheaper if you are willing to learn about your
stiff. But if your not, the cradle to grave system is the other
extreme, but it works for many.

My kids both have Mac laptops, their choice, and they've both been
treated rather well by the Apple service types. Even with an iPod that
got dropped into water. That got replaced when my daughter mentioned
that she had purchased the case at the Apple store. So, I can't
complain. But all the systems I use are open and run Linux. I don't
really expect any hardware support. I remember having the Digital
Equipment Corp. service rep come into the lab to repair the computers.
They did what every it took to fix it. But you paid for the service.

Different strokes.


On Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 5:05 PM, pixelnate at gmail.com
<pixelnate at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, 2008-07-19 at 16:07 -0500, Brad Knowles wrote:
>> Thanks to my wife, I had a cracked screen in my then brand-new
>> PowerBook 17", and it wasn't covered under warranty.  But to keep the
>> warranty valid, I still had to have it repaired by Apple, and that
>> ended up costing about $2000, only slightly less than the whole
>> machine had cost a few months earlier.
> And that is why I won't drop the kind of $$$ they are asking for one of
> their laptops. They are the most expensive machines to have fixed, and
> Apple cuts you no slack at all. I bet you had the bend-me-over-a-barrel
> AppleCare warranty too. You cannot just buy the parts and install them
> yourself either.
> Our IT guy had to replace my mobo on my dual G5 about a year ago and
> even though he did find a place to buy the part, he couldn't just buy it
> and install it. We needed to have a certified Apple geek install it (who
> would only install his mobo which was more expensive). Apparently you
> need some sort of special code to get the internal fans calibrated
> correctly and only Apple certified goons know the special incantations.
> It just pisses me off every time I hear about somebody getting screwed
> by Jobs and Co. They are worse now than MS ever was. I am a phone call
> away from switching my CS suite to Windows. I cannot bring myself to bow
> at the Mac alter again. I bragged about them during the Quadra days, I
> boasted about them during the PowerMac phase, I rejoiced in the splendor
> of fruity flavored computing, but the soul that Apple once had has gone
> gray and boring. They are the new evil Empire.
> ~Nate
> I will never send a message from an iPhone.
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