Garmin: Support?

If this is support, color me unimpressed: Garmin: Support.

Thank you for contacting Garmin Customer Service and for taking the time to fill out the Technical Support E-mail Form.

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We appreciate your support of Garmin products and hope we can continue to serve you.

So, I’ve had their Forerunner 301 for less than 12 hours, and it’s dead.  Paperweight dead.  The pleasing "battery charging" screen is no more, it responds to no button.  It’s moved a grand total of about 8 feet, over to the window to acquire satellites, and is now defunct.  It is no more.

Fortunately, there’s a phone number to call.  Hopefully they answer in less than 5-7 working days.

Update: after only a 17 minute hold (not bad for calling during lunch time) I have an RMA number, and a promise of a 7-10 day turn around.  Hope springs eternal.

Update2: I got a nice reply email from tech support shortly after the phone call, so their response time is pretty good, really.

Matthew in Beirut: Backstroke of the West

via VodkaPundit: Matthew in Beirut: Backstroke of the West.

What Star Wars captions look like when translated through two languages.  It’s not what Lucas would have envisioned.