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It Lives!

Posted on 1st July, 2005 at 4:57pm by joel


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If you are wondering why in the heck “The End of an Era” was written almost a week after my last day at CMG, read on…

After a most distressing week, I have my iBook back in my possession. Last Thursday it started acting erratically���shutting off with no warning and for no apparent reason and then, most frustratingly, refusing to boot again. Fortunately, I had purchased the extended AppleCare warranty just a few weeks prior and the problem was easily diagnosed by Apple’s technicians.

And so, on Friday I said goodbye to “chilly willie” as the Genius at the Mall of America Apple Store took him away and promised they’d have him fixed and back to me as soon as possible. I received a phone call midway through yesterday afternoon and after the trek down to the Twin Cities, was relieved to get my iBook back, press the power button, and be greeted by the Apple logo and a successful boot screen (Does anyone else miss the Happy Mac of lore?).

After some light use, everything appears to be in good working order. The repair was covered by AppleCare and I only had to pay approximately $50 for the Apple Store Geniuses to back up the HD in the case of data loss during the repair. It was a small price to pay for peace of mind. And now that I have chilly willie back, I can breathe easier, re-retire my tray-loading iMac to its rightful role as my music server, and thank Apple for the amazingly speedy job well done.

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3 Responses to “It Lives!”

  1. 1Shawn Parker sayeth:

    9th July, 2005 at 5:42pm


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    That has to be one of the best names for a computer I’ve heard.

  2. 2joel sayeth:

    9th July, 2005 at 5:45pm


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    Danke. It goes well with my ubiquitous penguin avatar.

  3. 3john sayeth:

    10th July, 2005 at 8:15pm


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    $50?

    While it’s good to hear you got it back, I kinda have to think to myself that it’s gotta be tough to look a customer in the eye and say, “We’ll fix your computer for you under the warranty that you bought, no problem there. Would you like to pay us to ensure we don’t lose all of your data?”

    It just sounds like a mafia line to me. “Sir, I offer to you a service of protection for a small fee.”