Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Apple/Allstate Did Not Make My Day

I used to tell people, get AppleCare. Now I've found out when AppleCare is no help. I walked into my college office, and saw a pile of books sitting on my MacBook Pro's display. A bookshelf support gave way, and the books came tumbling down. AppleCare doesn't cover that, but they gleefully told me they could fix it for $1360.

The college where I work can't help pay for the damage. They have a deductible that far exceeds the amount I'm stuck with.

For a while Allstate (my homeowner's) held out hope that I'd get some reimbursement because the damage involved "a falling object." But they just called to say that since the object (falling books) did not fall out of the sky, I'm not covered.

The total was $1228.38. The one bright spot is that Leading Electronics did a first class job fixing my computer.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Falling Incomes

Lou Dobbs talks about "The War on the Middle Class." That prompted me to look at my own income 1978-2008.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

DrScheme on OLPC XO

My children got OLPC XOs for Christmas. The first request by son William (8) was that I put DrScheme on his XO. I tried a standard build and it almost worked, but for a few missing libraries. I got on the PLT horn and very quickly Matthew Flatt, Noel Welsh and Grant Rettke offered help. Mako Hill of OLPC and FSF also pitched in. Grant has created several images that work on the XO, all of which work well. Our next task is to put a wrapper on the image to make it an Activity we can post on the OLPC wiki.