Sure enough, my 2nd ipod has bitten the dust. I took it into the local Apple store. I’m lucky enough to have 2 big apples stores fairly close (within 10 miles) of where i work. Anyway, my first experience with the Apple Genious Bar que system was pretty easy…i signed up for a time slot, played with the Mac Pro and Macbook for a bit (drool), and then my name was called. Quick verification, hard-drive went belly up. My options were simple to choose from: Pay $30 to ship it back, be handled, and receive a new iPod. OR, pay $47 for an AppleCare plan, extend my warranty for another year, and walk out with a brand new 4th gen 60gb (what I had). Needless to say, that choice was simple thanks to my sever case of IGS (instant gratification syndrome). So, valued at $250, ive got a brand new iPod. I’m considering taking it back before I open it to see if they’ll use the $250 towards a new 60gb 5th gen video ipod…so i can get bleeding edge for only $150. But, then again, new iPods on the horizon so bleeding edge wont be bleeding edge anymore, and probably not worth my $150 investment yet. Besides, if this one manages to die (not unlikely with my current 1 iPod per year rate) before applecare runs out next august, i can trade up then.
one more note about a service i recently discovered, co.mments.com. this site lets you set up a bookmarklet, and on any page with comments posted (like digg, or anyone’s blog), it can keep an eye on your posts for any replies and let you know via an RSS feed, or via email, or by logging into the site. Also, lots of plugins are available for hooking into your existing wordpress blog. Sweet, I’m sure I can find plenty of times this can save me searching for something I commented on but cant remember where.
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