The excitement of Apple service

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I bought an Apple 12 inch iBook G4 from the ANUtech Apple Center less than two weeks ago. Last night the machine locked up, so I rebooted it with the power button. After booting, the machine would crash after about a minute with what looks a lot like a kernel panic, saying something about bad RAM. I wondered if I had done something to cause it, but it would consistently happen when I booted the machine and left it at the login screen, without me touching anything.

I gave up and went to bed.

This morning, I was hoping the machine was magically fixed, so I tried to turn it on. It didn’t boot. So I tried again, and this time it booted, but with a mouse that didn’t work. So I tried booting again. It didn’t work at all.

I rang the Apple Center, thinking that a two week old machine is simply a case of swapping the machine over or something. The guy basically told me to go away and call Apple. Something like “Oh, well we can’t do anything for you — ring Apple”. This is very disappointing to me, I would expect a lot better from a retailer. Anyways, so I rang Apple.

15 minutes on hold. Some simple questions. The machine still doesn’t boot. Booting with Apple-Option-r-p doesn’t help. Now apparently I need to boot with the OS X CD I left home. So I get to call back later after being on hold for ages.

Two week old machine doesn’t make me happy.

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Seriously pissed someone off?

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When choosing an armoured vehicle, it’s important to keep in mind how badly someone wants you dead. This will affect your purchase. If your assassin is an amateur — perhaps some punk with a .38, which fires a 158-grain, round-nose lead bullet at a velocity of 850 feet per second — you’ll probably be just fine in an aftermarket armored sedan or the one offered by Cadillac. In fact, even if your enemy comes at you with a .357 Magnum — a serious weapon capable of spitting metal-ripping charges at up to 1,395 feet per second — you’ll probably escape without a scratch in one of those sedans. But if someone really wants to kill you, you’d better be riding in the 2005 Lincoln Town Car Ballistic Protection Series. The BPS is a rifle-grade armored vehicle, meaning that it can withstand an attack by professional killers wielding 7.62-mm high-powered rifles or even 5.56-mm high-velocity assault rifles, which fire armor-piercing rounds at more than 3,000 feet per second and can take out targets from half a mile away. Oh, the BPS can also deflect shrapnel from roadside bombs, in case you’ve angered someone with a background in demolitions.

If you’ve pissed someone off in the office, it might be a good idea to read the rest of the article. Simon’s verging on needing one of these.

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