I just used this website that I found, justanswer.comand it is very cool. Ok, I know this has nothing to do with Linux or Open Source but I was so Impressed with this site I wanted to let you know about it.
I have to drive to Arkansas today to start a new contract working on SuSE. My F150 has been acting up and I really didn’t want to mess with the dealer this morning. I ran across just answer.com and thought I would give it a try.
The way it works is that you make a deposit of $9, $15 or $30 depending on the urgency of your question. If your question does not get answered you don’t have to pay. You have the choice via an accept button as to whether or not the answer was useful or worthwhile.
You can ask any type of question ranging from health/medical, computer/programming/networking, veterinary and many other categories. In my case I wanted some help either in 1) finding out what was ailing my truck and 2) if we couldn’t find out if I could drive it to Arkansas, a 400 mile trip, and not do any damage to it.
I wound up working with a guy that has the following credentials: Ford Senior Master Technician, ASE Master Certified, ASE Electronic Diesel Engine Performance. Ok this has to be as good as going to the dealership. What I found out was that the dealership would not have been able to fix the problem as it is not generating any error codes and that it would not damage the truck to make the trip. Cool. All I wanted to know. All for $9. I don’t know what a dealer would have charged to run diagnostics but I was satisfied with the answer and didn’t have to wait around at the dealership.
As I browsed through some of the feedback I discovered that the people that are answering questions appear to be very qualified to do so. I saw mention of Dr.’s, Veterinarians, and many others.
I highly recommend this web site if you have a question and/or need information about anything. It beats the high cost of dealerships, doc, vet and whatever office visits. And they are open for business 24/7. Go ahead and give it a try..or at least visit the site and see what you think.