I just got back from CompUSA with a new monitor. They tested the broken one and found out... it was broken. Out came a brand new one to replace the broken one - kinda cool. The next question was: Do you want a replacement warrenty on the new one? Well, sure. So, I got the new one a warrenty too. Sony still has a $100 rebate program for this particular monitor. The new warrenty cost $109.99. Take off the rebate and total cost for a new monitor today: $9.99.
It still seems like CompUSA or the extented warrenty folks are making a lot more money than I would have expected. The previous warrenty was only used for a little more than two months and I had to get a new one. This one is good for two years.
Short story is that it cost me $9.99 to replace the monitor (i.e. it's been dusted!) and slightly extend the warrenty. This figure down to about $5 per month for an elaborate dusting.
Update: Duh! Read the fine manual. The fine manual describes the flatscreen monitor replacement plan as a one time replacement if your flatscreen monitor becomes inoperable during the first two years. This explains why the asked if I wanted another extended warrenty. I was thinking simple extended warrenty. Still feels like a really sleazy thing to pull on a customer.
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I bought a spiffy 19" sony LCD screen for work when I started this job. Very slick monitor and it's worked great for the last couple months. Today it decided to fade to black... now I'll try out the extended warrenty to see how this in store replacement works out - I figured it was worth the extended warrenty when I bought it. More once I get back from CompUSA.
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Political commentary from the Ducklings. [The Motley Fool]
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Councilman Is Shot to Death in City Hall A New York City councilman was killed inside City Hall by a political opponent who accompanied him to a meeting, pulled out a pistol and shot him in front of onlookers. By Michael Cooper.
3 More U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq as Resistance Continues. The attack today further dispelled hopes that the death of Saddam Hussein's two eldest sons would weaken the uprising. By Kirk Semple.
Images of Hussein's Sons Are Released by the U.S.. The U.S. military is trying to provide conclusive proof to a skeptical Iraqi public that Saddam Hussein's two eldest sons are dead. By Kirk Semple.
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The curse of the ex-employee [The Register]
I couldn't take revenge on a previous company - it's just plain old wrong to me. I work to pay for stuff, and I want the company to succeed. Taking revenge is just damaging the place which I tried my best to help while I worked there.
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Toute is doing a little better. She's not going out and hunting down the dogs yet... but she seems to be recovering. She gets her drugs and food three times a day. Not fun - but we're getting into the pattern of how to do it.
Toute is reacting better with us around. We think that Toute is more my cat than Maureens. Because when I visit with Toute, she gives me lots of tail curls and head bumps. Maureen gets attention, but its not quite the same.
I'll admit, Toute is my favoriate cat. She's a sweetheart and we're praying for her to get better and be with us for another decade. The test results of the growth that was taken out will be back within a few days. Maureen has been looking this condition up and she thinks that its a cancer of some sort. I'm still praying for an abnormal growth that wasn't cancerous, because if it was cancer then the odds are that we'll only another six months with Toute.
Time is the one non-renewable resource you have. Anytime God gives us is precious. Time with Toute is great.
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