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Her line cost only $9.99 (she paid $15/month) before. She pays $25/month now.

T-Mobile has a good deal. $100 versus $160. I'll look into it more, but, I don't foresee switching. They can make claims about their coverage but it doesn't seem to jive with the experiences of others.


I have not fully verified their current coverage claims, and did notice some difference in coverage several years ago.

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Wife's car has a problem starting without a charge or a jump. It's been like this for a couple of weeks, now. I thought it might have been the battery because she only drives short trips and the winter was so cold, so I replaced it. That worked for about a week. She makes an appointment with the dealership to bring it in today and the guy at the counter tells her that our warranty expired two weeks ago. ****.
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Wife's car has a problem starting without a charge or a jump. It's been like this for a couple of weeks, now. I thought it might have been the battery because she only drives short trips and the winter was so cold, so I replaced it. That worked for about a week.

She makes an appointment with the dealership to bring it in today and the guy at the counter tells her that our warranty expired two weeks ago. ****.

Could be the alternator or the condenser. Many of them fail after 6 years. Bring it to a small trustworthy mechanic shop. Pretty easy to change that out as well.

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Could be the alternator or the condenser. Many of them fail after 6 years. Bring it to a small trustworthy mechanic shop. Pretty easy to change that out as well.

It's 3 years old... but yea her father owns a shop. I can do it myself, too if I really wanted to, but warranty would have been free. Seriously, 3 years old.

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It's 3 years old... but yea her father owns a shop. I can do it myself, too if I really wanted to, but warranty would have been free. Seriously, 3 years old.

3 years is kind of short. What's the make on the car?

You should start the car and check the system voltage. Should be somewhere in the 14V range when running.

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3 years is kind of short. What's the make on the car? You should start the car and check the system voltage. Should be somewhere in the 14V range when running.

It's a 2011 Ford Escape. I haven't run any diagnoatics on it; I'm just going to send it to my father-in-law and have him deal with it. I'm not sure what I'm more angry about: the car having such a problem to begin with, putting the repair off just long enough to miss the warranty expiration, or assuming that I had a 5 year instead of a 3 year warranty.

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It's a 2011 Ford Escape. I haven't run any diagnoatics on it; I'm just going to send it to my father-in-law and have him deal with it.

I'm not sure what I'm more angry about: the car having such a problem to begin with, putting the repair off just long enough to miss the warranty expiration, or assuming that I had a 5 year instead of a 3 year warranty.

ODB 2 would probably tell you if you have a defective alternator. The on board computers are usually pretty good about diagnosing the general area of the problem.

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I noticed this morning that they re-released the game SimCity 4 (the last decent SimCity game) a few days ago in the Mac App Store for $20. There was a Mac version on disc when the game came out in 2003, but it's long been out of print. It was a PowerPC application, and the patch they eventually released for Intel Macs was notoriously buggy. No matter, the Mac App Store version one works great!
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I noticed this morning that they re-released the game SimCity 4 (the last decent SimCity game) a few days ago in the Mac App Store for $20. There was a Mac version on disc when the game came out in 2003, but it's long been out of print. It was a PowerPC application, and the patch they eventually released for Intel Macs was notoriously buggy. No matter, the Mac App Store version one works great!

I love it when companies re-release old games. The nostalgia factor aside, I like knowing that I'm spending money on something I'd actually enjoy playing. I hate spending money on a game that I end up disliking, or there's little replay value. Feels like a total waste of money, to me. Btw I actually enjoyed the new Sim City. In fact I like it better than 4.

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I noticed this morning that they re-released the game SimCity 4 (the last decent SimCity game) a few days ago in the Mac App Store for $20. There was a Mac version on disc when the game came out in 2003, but it's long been out of print. It was a PowerPC application, and the patch they eventually released for Intel Macs was notoriously buggy. No matter, the Mac App Store version one works great!

Please tell me more. My kid may want to play it. And by my kid I mean her a little and me a little. :)

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Please tell me more. My kid may want to play it. And by my kid I mean her a little and me a little. :)

[quote name="cipher" url="/t/72760/social-thread-chat-about-non-golf-here/0_30#post_975862"] @jamo Give us a review in the video game thread! :D[/quote] Sure, I'll write up a little review. So far, I haven't really found any big glitches, so that's good.

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Parked just as the store opened, walked in just after the last person who had waited in line entered, and snagged the only copy of R.E.M. Unplugged that the store had. Was back in my car and on the road again within three minutes. #RecordStoreDay #success

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Parked just as the store opened, walked in just after the last person who had waited in line entered, and snagged the only copy of R.E.M. Unplugged that the store had.

Was back in my car and on the road again within three minutes. #RecordStoreDay #success

That's great! (t starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane)

Review!

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Random thought sitting at work: I'm jealous of the Don Draper types back in the 50's (although it probably still happens in some offices today) who got to have a couple cocktails or drams while working at the office. Especially in a creative position, not that you need a drink to be creative...but it can certainly take the edge off for some people. Dr. Seuss was notorious for drinking and writing.

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WRT the Don Draper thing. When I was in graduate school, I had a lockable cabinet at my lab desk. Presumably, it was so you could keep a laptop or something at work and not have to transport it to- and from- every day, without risk of it being taken. I hadn't a work laptop (and didn't bring in my personal one), so I would keep various alcohols (and various cups / etc) in it. Somehow this habit didn't carry over to my post-school career. And to tie it in, shortly after graduating was around when I tried watching [i]Mad Men[/i] because a girl I had had a crush on back when I was in middle school was cast for a later season and I wanted to see it. Didn't get past 3-4 episodes into season one. :shrug:
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That's great! (t starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane)

Review!

I don't have a record player. I keep wanting to buy one, but… I literally have only two sets of records, and they're both R.E.M. :)

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