Traditionally, the first remainders column of the new year is full of joy and wonder. However, we’re still recovering from a weekend bout of 2011-itis, so you’ll have to make do with a pair of Apple-related legal suits and an entry in the time-honored sport of hunting for domain name registries. The remainders for Monday, January 3, 2011 are the first for the rest of your life.
Greece-based Apple service provider Systemgraph has reportedly sued customer Dimitris Papadimitriadis for €200,000 after he posted uncomplimentary comments on a forum. Papadimitriadis alleged that Systemgraph failed to fix his iMac and then refused to refund him after he complained. You know, I tried the same thing back in second grade after Billy Keppelman called me a “stupidhead,” and I’ve yet to see a dime.
On to a suit that involves Apple itself: a former employee of the SoHo Apple Store has sued the company for discrimination, alleging that she was fired after taking medical leave for a nervous disorder. After her return, she was supposedly given a desk in the store’s basement but not assigned any job duties, due to concerns about “her mental stability.” This from the company that famously epsoused its love of the crazy ones.
If you wondered who happens to own the domain name iphoneverizon.com, it appears to be Big Red itself. The registration is unconfirmed, dates back to at least 2008. Of course, there are plenty of other logical reasons Verizon might own the domain name (avoiding potential copyright infringement, for one), but none which also explain why Verizon scrawled “I <3 iPhone” in its diary.