No more low income housing? GREAT! Section 8ers get into the program as a result of horrible lifestyle choices and ruin any neighborhood that will let them in. People who can't afford those places should move to where they *can* afford, rather than jumping the queue in front of people willing to pay for those spots. There is *always* affordable housing if you're willing to look; federal assistance just crowds out the prime spots.
Jesus. Just, jesus, you are fucking disgusting. With this mindset good people, good fucking people I know personally who've done nothing more than commit the crime of getting SICK while being poor, would be homeless and soon, probably, dead.
Just say what you really mean: Fuck you, I got mine. I'm a home owner, I pay property taxes, I'm not in debt. Just because I haven't had anything catastrophic happen in my life doesn't make me better than those you very clearly view as mud people.
I have absolutely no idea how you got moderated +5 Interesting. Almost all of what you say is wrong, except perhaps that you bought a Mac Mini and own a TV. The RAM is user upgradeable on this model. You can use any USB wired or wireless input devices; I use a logitech internet desktop 250 set; the pair cost me $7.50. That leaves me at price plus $7.50. I have a 19" Viewsonic LCD I use with the system, which can be had for around ~$100 these days. The warranty is 1 year in the US; I can't imagine where you live that you wouldn't get at least that. And of course they told you that you were SOL; a hard drive failure is (1) Expected (you did expect that, just like you would for any machine, right?) (2) Out of Apple's control (they don't manufacture them, and neither does any of the other computer manufacturers) (3) Not major. Any SATA laptop HDD will do, ~$50 will get your machine running again.
I am an ACMT, and I manage the service department of an AASP (Apple Authorized Service Provider). I in fact DO know what I'm talking about.
I also have quite a bit of experience with the MLTI program, and know most of the key players. It wasn't 'cutting people out of the loop.' It was, quite simply, that they wanted AASPs (Apple Authorized Service Providers) to do all the repair work because they were guaranteed to have actual Apple certified techs on hand, had the ability to properly document all repairs and order correct replacement components for faulty hardware, etc.
As for the AASPs that were dumped from the authorized list, this was purely due to the fact that they couldn't perform at the level required; either the work was poor, the turnaround times were too long, etc.
I don't understand why I was marked Flamebait. Seriously, can I use iTunes while using the iBook functionality? If I can't, isn't my question completely valid? Really, this is an issue for me, and I was asking a question.
From all the information I've seen, I cannot run iTunes while reading a book or casually browsing the web. This would be my biggest usage for this device. Can you do this on an iPad? I know I can on an iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, generic x86 netbook, generic PC, etc. Why is it flamebait to suggest this is a problem for me? I have seen absolutely no information to indicate that I can do this with this device. If you have information indicating that's this is possible, please point me to this information, because I would like to know. In all honesty it would seriously impact my (current) decision not to purchase this device
I don't know why you were marked 'informative,' since, unless you are secretly Steve Jobs, I doubt you have one of these.
What this country needs is a good five cent nickel.