Originally Posted by cnocbui
Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
As I am writing this, there are 75 posts on this thread. Of these, 15 are by members with over 1000 posts. The remaining 60 are by members with less than 1000 posts -- often numbering in single or double digits.
So, 80% of the posts in this thread are by relatively new members.... FWIW.
Your FWIW is worth SFA, Dick. I have a post count about one tenth of yours, but I have been a registerd poster here longer than you, and was a lurker for a couple years before that.
Actually, I posted (and was quite active) under a different name, "dicklacara", for several years before I started using my current name. I chose 1,000 posts as a threshold, because it was relatively easy to scan the 75 posters... I think 300-400 would have been a better threshold -- or, better, join date. You are a long time member and most (including me) would consider you a regular.
What I was trying to indicate is that a plurality of posters to this thread had a noticeably small number of posts (6, 24, etc.) -- and many of these were knee-jerk reactions to an article that was unsourced and had no citations to back it up. All-in-all, this article and thread are much ado about nothing that can be substantiated.
This article should have been prefixed with: What If:
Originally Posted by jragosta
Then don't buy it.
But many people consider insurance to be absolutely essential for a portable computing device. I know that I do. The risk of damage is very high and the cost of repairs is equally high. While I am always amused when Best Buy offers $29.99 insurance on a $49 device, AppleCare is a great deal. As such, I would consider a sales person who didn't mention it to be neglecting their responsibilities to me as a customer.
It's not hard to say 'no, thank you'.
I recently bought two Apple products, including a Macbook Pro Retina, and didn't for one second consider getting Applecare. As I alluded to in another post, Apple is employing sharp practice in it's selling of Applecare here in Europe.
Whenever I buy a product (Apple or other) that has one (or a few) expensive fragile parts and/or is intended for rugged (mobile) use, I consider the warranty. In the case of an Apple product, the AppleCare warranty is usually a good investment -- especially for iPhone, iPad or MacBook.
As I understand it, the EU requires a 2 year standard warranty, and AppleCare just extends that for an additional year -- so that may not be such a good deal. In the US, 1 year is standard and Applecare extends that for an additional 2 years. I suspect Apple needs to change its terms to make Applecare viable in the EU.
Originally Posted by Rogifan
I'll just remind all the Tim Cook haters that it was Steve Jobs who recommended Cook replace him as CEO. Care to explain that one away? Because I don't think you can.
Wasn't Steve rather ill at the time?
Tim Cook had been COO for several years, then Acting CEO for about a year (AIR), before Steve recommended him to replace him as permanent CEO. If Steve was astute enough to introduce the iPhone and put Tim Cook in place -- I don't think you can question his judgement on one and not the other. Also, Steve's illness, apparently, did not affect his mental and reasoning capabilities -- which appeared intact through his last several public appearances.
Edited by Dick Applebaum - 8/28/12 at 9:56am