Recently uber blogging and climbing coach Dave MacLeod was in a car accident in the north of Scotland. He and the driver survived pretty much uninjured, however the same could not be said for his Mac laptop, which was on his lap at the time.

Recently we have learned that our own Ewan McIntosh recently lost his MacBook Air to an x-ray machine at the airport. The mac came out the other side witha 4mm dent through the whole computer. He is now having to deal with them to try and prove he didn't put it in the machine broken.

This makes you think insurance if you don't already have it! When Ewan tweeted what happened his computer, sadly, my first thought was "Oh my goodness, where is my mac right now?!" Now I was at work and it was safe and sound at home and it's not an animate object, but my heart still stopped.

Now, this isn't so much a 'how much do we love our Apple products' but more asking the question: Do you have a technology malfuntion, damage, horror story?

I think a few of you just might...

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Comment by Ewan McIntosh on September 10, 2009 at 7:38
Yes, well I had it declared as a special item but am still prepared for increased costs if I have to use the insurance. I'm hoping that the airport will see sense and cover the lost laptop but, if not, I'll be first and foremost using legal cover (which does not affect no claims) to chase them through court for it. Here's hoping I don't have to.
Comment by Darcie Tanner on September 9, 2009 at 14:51
I too fell asleep (after drinking of course) with my laptop plugged in & open on my couch. This was before magnetic power sources and I must have moved around and without waking up, pushed my mac onto the flooor completeling bending and jamming the the powercable where it plugs into the computer. Luckily the mac was okay, but I didn't have a power sourse for weeks.

Also the computer before that, I had a waterbottle explode in my bag soaking my laptop. Thankfully once it dried for a week it was fine.

Luckily both of mine were still usable as they weren't insured. Being more careful with my latest purchase!
Comment by Jon Gill on September 9, 2009 at 14:07
I fell asleep watching a film in bed on my laptop (classy, but it gets better...) I was holding a drink (cider, classier still...) and spilled it over the laptop. The laptop was written off and I got a new one on the insurance.
The person on the phone thought it was quite funny that i'd spilled an apple product onto an Apple product...
The problem was when I came to renew my policy. The claim sent the premium thru the roof so I shopped around. Of the half dozen or so I phoned (recognisable companies) 3 were not at all interested in my business because i'd claimed on a laptop that was valued at over £500. (it was actually £650)
I suppose most domestic PC laptops can be bought for under £500 so that's the rule of thumb. In all cases I got referred to a supervisor before a policy could be agreed.
So, if you do get insurance be very clear what it is you have and it's replacement value otherwise you might be wasting your time.
And don't watch late night movies in bed with a pint :)


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