Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Happy spring, everyone. It’s certainly warming up here in Kansas City- I spent a good part of my weekend fighting the lines at Home Depot to get mulch and grass seed. Everyone has yard work and basketball fever this week. In case you didn’t know, Kansas is also playing in the NCAA National Championship tonight, much to the delight or chagrin of iResQ staff, depending on who you ask. No matter who you root for, if you’re like me you love a come from behind victory. Especially when it’s in the form of a defensive smackdown. Take a look at one of Jeff Withey’s seven second-half blocks:
Let’s make a celebratory deal on MacBook and MacBook Pro display glass repairs. Call it April Madness. From now until April 30, you can get your broken MacBook or MacBook Pro glass repaired for just $90. It doesn’t matter if you have a 13″ or 15″ MacBook or MacBook Pro, the glass is repaired by our Apple Certified industry-leading techs for $90. And if there are other issues like LCD or case damage, we’ll diagnose it and get you a quote while it’s here. This offer is only good through April, so don’t wait to get your order in.
Enjoy the final tonight and have a great week, everyone.
Monday, March 12th, 2012
It’s that time of year again, friends. That glorious few days in the spring when everyone is waiting in anticipation for the start of something big… the new iPad release! What, did you think I was going somewhere else with that? Don’t worry, we’ll get to basketball. But first we’re adding another device to our extensive line of MacBook, iPod and iPhone repairs. As we mentioned previously, we’re sitting on iPad 3 parts just in case you are unfortunate enough to need repair the day you get your new iPad. With the iPad 2 we had a pair of digitizer repair orders come through the day of its release. Sad but true.
Now, on to the competition… between the iPad 3 and other tablets! Seriously, I’ll get there soon. I went to dinner with my wife’s extended family last week and as I walked in the door, one of her cousins who is an IT professional immediately asked, “want to see something that’s better than an iPad 3?” Now, while I’m clearly a big supporter of Apple’s devices in general, I’m not blindly going to swear that the iPad is unbeatable by something else in the consumer electronics marketplace. So I took a look.
He handed me a Samsung Series 7 Slate 700T, and this is what I observed: First, I asked in earnest (not to be clever or sardonic) why it was so heavy. Ok, ok, other manufacturers don’t have Jony Ive and the world’s best designers to make things streamline. I could probably look past a much heavier tablet that has a few extra inches of LCD. Then, I noticed how awkward and irritating the touch screen was. Sure, Apple has hundreds of patents on their digitizers, so the competition probably won’t live up to it. Surely, based on his assessment of the processing power, this thing must be lightning fast. Except that it’s not. It’s running Windows 7 in full, which is nice if you’re not willing to learn a mobile OS, but incredibly frustrating if you want to run a tablet at all without waiting for processor lag. Finally I assumed that the draw must be the price. Since Windows PC laptops can be assembled and sold for hundreds less than Macs, this 2 pound (37.5% heavier than the iPad) behemoth must cost a fraction of iPad’s sticker price, right? Well, nope. In fact it costs twice as much. So, to answer the original question that started this whole rant, yes. Yes, I would like to see something that’s better than an iPad 3. Show me.
Ah, now I’m out of time for basketball. Well, in short: several of our local teams are in the Big Dance. Mizzou at the 2 seed in what appears to be the weakest region, so a first Final Four appearance could be in their future. Kansas, if they can actually play to their ability, might have a chance of taking on UNC and former coach Roy Williams. Then there’s Kansas State and Wichita State who should be able to squeeze out a second round win. The brackets are out, and we’re ready with highlighters. Go Basketball.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
Happy post-Super Bowl everyone! The sports world is abuzz this week with all the excitement! And by abuzz, I mean a slow and sobering realization that there’s no more football for another six and a half months. Unless you happen to be a Giants fan, then the party keeps rolling. If you’re not a Giants fan, then perhaps you have baseball or basketball to look forward to. We here in Kansas City are right in the middle of two of the finest collegiate basketball programs in the country; although Mizzou decidedly has a leg up on Kansas after a three point come from behind victory in Columbia last weekend. Be sure iResQ’s GM Brian, a Mizzou alum, is delighted this week. Unfortunately we have no NBA team despite a stellar downtown arena, and the punchline of all MLB, the Royals.
We also have minor league hockey- I went and checked out the Missouri Mavericks, our very own CHL team last night. Let me say, and I mean this with all appreciation in earnest, minor league hockey is one of the most glorious sociological experiences I have ever had the pleasure of partaking in. Right up to the corporately sponsored and obligatory fights and the Biggest Dent giveaway, in which a parking lot monitor reports the car with the largest dent and its owner receives a gift certificate for a local restaurant. Amazing. Also, the 2-1 overtime victory lit the crowd up.
Here’s an iPhone 4 Instagram shot from our box seats:
I just need a waterfall flowing down a flight of stairs and it would pass for a Scott Mutter piece.
Ah, now onto MacBook screen repair. It’s been a little while since we’ve had a good old fashioned MacBook screen repair or MacBook Pro screen repair coupon! If you need your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air LCD screen repaired, just place an order at iResQ.com and enter the coupon code Mavericks for $10 off your repair! This repair is only valid for LCD repair, not diagnosis or glass panels, and can be redeemed through February 29th, 2012. Happy ordering friends. Have a great week, a great Valentine’s Day, and a FANTASTIC Lincoln’s Birthday, just like old Abe intended. Godspeed.
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
The Autumn months are quickly passing us by and 2010 is nearing its end. This is easily the best time of the year, at least in regards to sports, in the Kansas City area. Too bad we don’t have a NBA team because that’s started up already. But what we don’t have in NBA, we make up for with college teams. Missouri, Kansas, and Kansas State are all huge out here. Throw in some sprinklings of Nebraska and Iowa State and we have a pretty wide variety of fans here in KC. You probably already know our feelings about the NFL and college football from previous blogs.
Let’s get to the point here regarding the “White Winter” reference in the blog title. On Tuesday, local meteorologist (or weather man — great Nic Cage movie by the way) Gary Lezak released his prediction for snow storms this winter here in KC. There’s a lot that goes into his prediction and you can watch the video below, or read about it on the NBC Action News website.
So how much snow did Gary predict we’d get this year?
A measly 13 inches!!!!! That’s 31″ less than we received last year. The forecast is actually fine by me. Snow is pretty and all, but once it starts melting and getting that muddy-water look, I’m done with it. I also don’t like the slick roads and traffic accidents that can result. It can also slow down delivery trucks (and planes) and hinder our employees getting into work. Now that I’ve gone over the negatives, I guess snow’s not that great. I might not even have to break out the Snow Beasts this year!
If Gary’s correct, we should have a pretty easy Winter season here. Thanks Gary — we’ll see how your prediction goes over the next few months!
In the meantime, we’ll be doing our usual, repairing Apple products by day and cozying up by the fireplace by night.
Until next time,
Friday, October 10th, 2008
Hi friends. I hope all of you are well. We have a few things to discuss today. First, lets talk about the fact that Apple is going to fill us in on their new Portables on Tuesday. That’s exciting right? Rumors are flying around all over the place about a new design sprouting from the MacBook Air, and a possible drop in prices for the MacBook. I personally would much prefer a drop in price to a new design. I mean, we all love the MacBook Pro and MacBook series so much, there is really no need to change the design. Although, if anyone can create a design that changes my mind it’s Apple. For example, I remember seeing the Third Generation iPod when I was but a boy and thinking, “wow, nothing will ever beat this.” Ha, what a stupid boy I was. Any who, with all of the economic troubles going on I think a drop in price is a great idea.
Moving on, let us next discuss the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. You see, I’m from Nebraska and I grew up with my team on top…good times! Now I find myself living in Missouri and working in Kansas, and needless to say the Red Sea, though still a huge entity, seems to be in a small drought. I guess this is all sprouting from the fact that Missouri absolutely destroyed Nebraska in Lincoln in front of the Red Sea last week (did I mention that I live in Missouri and work with Missouri fans?). It’s hard being Bryan. But, tomorrow Nebraska plays Texas Tech in Texas……….. Doh! Hopefully they can sneak away with a win. But you know what? Even if they don’t I am guartanteeing a win against Kansas in Lincoln this year…….So take that!
Ok that is all, enjoy your weekend, watch football and if you’re not in Texas root for the Huskers!
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