November 14, 2009

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Mac Roundtable 2009.11.14 Episode #73

Filed under: Podcast — take2 @ 2:45 pm

This edition of The MacRoundtable included:

John F. Braun: Mac Observer’s Mac Geek Gab / Twitter
Chuck Joiner: The MacVoices Group / Twitter
David Sparks: MacSparky / Mac Power Users / Twitter
Steve Stanger: The Mac Attack / Twitter

Our ‘Mac Tales of Woe’ on this episode of MRT. We discuss our (near) Mac disasters and how to prevent or repair our Macs when trouble finds them. We also talk about Applecare and insurance for your Mac and a new MacBook upgrade that all the cool kids are trying. We then wrap up the show with our picks.

iFixit
MacBook Scuba – What to do when you MacBook gets wet

OptiBay info:
MCE OptiBay
MacVoices #9104: Arnie Ramirez of MCE Technologies Expands Your Mac Laptop with Their OptiBay
ScreenCasts Online SCO0224 – Solid State Drives & OptiBay [Members Show]

Picks:
Chuck – ScotteVest
David – Secrets
John – eGo Ruby Red Portable Hard Drive
Steve – Dungeon Hunter (itunes link)

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  2. Hi Guys, just listened to this episode with great interest and enjoyment. I’ve always got Applecare for every desktop I’ve owned since my first mac, a Bondi Blue iMac, and have had cause three times to be very glad I did.

    Comment by Kate — November 15, 2009 @ 7:56 am

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  4. Hi Guys, just listened to this episode with great interest and enjoyment. I?ve always got Applecare for every desktop I?ve owned since my first mac, a Bondi Blue iMac, and have had cause three times to be very glad I did.

    Comment by fallen earth chips — November 17, 2009 @ 2:54 am

  5. Hey guys – GREAT show. I would have enjoyed all the “how have you damaged your mac” conversation – I could have spoken of all the different liquids with which I’ve destroyed macs and then made my grand finale the great magnet incident of 2008.

    But here’s a story that may answer the question about liquid damage stopping AppleCare. Lindsay dumped a cup of coffee in her MacBook soon after she got it, but unbelievably nothing went wrong with it. 2 years later the fan started making funny noises, so I sent it in to be repaired. Apple wrote back and said,

    “The repair of your MacBook has been placed on hold at the Apple repair center. The repair is pending your approval of the following quote for repair costs: $755 plus tax). This amount is based on identified damages related to liquid damage. The LCD has been affected.” And included this picture below:

    http://img.skitch.com/20091119-72pycrssncnuabb3m6ka9i2h4.png

    Note that there was NO effect on the functionality of the display, but they refused (when I called them to argue) to fix just the fan and leave the display be. They said that they are required to return all machines in pristine condition or not fix anything at all.

    Needless to say I was furious. My friend Pat told me that she uses a separate policy through State Farm, and like David’s plan it covers damage by you and being run over by a car – everything. She has even exercised the policy twice and it worked. I called my agent (also State Farm) and he was able to confirm I could get it too. The only problem was I’d just paid for AppleCare. So in the future I’ll forgo Applecare altogether. or if I must, I’ll wait 11 months as David recommends.

    Comment by Allison Sheridan — November 18, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

  6. When Laptop gets wet with sticky stuff
    1. remove power
    2. rinse with distilled water
    3. put entire laptop into rice or silica gel cat litter for a couple days

    my dad did this for me many years ago when I spilled coke into my computer.

    Comment by Michelle — November 27, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

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  8. Hi Guys, just listened to this episode with great interest and enjoyment.

    Comment by fallen earth chips — December 1, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

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