The idea of a product warranty is fairly simple: a company “warrants” that, should their product fail in a specified period of time and circumstances, they will repair or replace it. But the implication of the product warranty is far more subtle: it tells the consumer what level of reliability they should expect. In short, a warranty is all about confidence. But when does a … [Read more...] about What’s the Point of a Warranty, Anyway?
Rebates sell cars and electronics, so why not web search? That must have been Microsoft's thought process when they implemented Live Search Cashback back in 2008. Under the program, Microsoft paid rebates to shoppers who purchased goods after using their shopping and price comparison search engine. Essentially, Microsoft was trying to buy their way into the hearts of web users. … [Read more...] about Microsoft Stops Paying People To Use Bing Shopping
The nVidia 8600M GT graphics chip in my late-2007 (Merom/Santa Rosa) MacBook Pro has failed. I knew it might happen, noting it back in August of 2008, and it was one reason I bought an AppleCare warranty. Apple has promised to repair affected machines for three years regardless of warranty status, but that doesn't make it any easier to live with. Let's hope everything goes … [Read more...] about Not Good: My MacBook Pro’s nVidia 8600M Video Failed
Update: Due to the massive and frequent AppleCare fraud cases on eBay, I can no longer recommend buying it there. You may save money, or you may buy something that Apple rejects as illegitimate months or years later. Since the Bing cashback offer is expired, too, this whole article isn't worth much anymore. Sorry! After my adventure with the green-light non-working keyboard, I … [Read more...] about Got Some AppleCare For Cheap