Science fiction author John Scalzi has a nice write up about those shiny new Apple products and status. You can read it here. You know the day when the Ipod was no longer a status symbal? Probably the day I bought one in the summer of 2006. I wonder when the battery on mine is going to die on me. It's almost three years old and still going strong. I think it may be getting ready to run out. I still have a problem with something that costs $250 being considered expendable. How much does it cost to get your battery replaced?