Archive for the ‘General’ category

Caveat saver

October 30, 2005

While shopping at Amazon.com today, I went to redeem a $20 coupon I received a few days ago, only to discover that the coupon expired after 15 days. My fault for not reading the fine print, but it is really stingy of a company to publish a coupon with such a short expiration date.

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Gadget withdrawl

October 26, 2005

I just sent my brand-new Canon EOS 20D back to Canon for some minor service. Even though I don’t use it every day, I really miss it. This makes me remember that I now find a number of modern gadgets to be completely indispensable:

How did I ever live without them??

Sex at cyberspeed…

October 20, 2005

So the video iPod has been available about a week, and I read the following: Video iPod gets a little sexier. Seems you can now download porn videos to your video iPod. I’m impressed by the resourcefulness of the pornographers, but I’m also a bit scared. Oh well, it’s been said that porn is what helped sell videocassette players. On the other hand, I’m not sure what I think about people watching porn in public on their video iPods. In the airplane? On the train? In line at the grocery store? Yuck.

Speaking of party poker…

October 16, 2005

I loved the recent article in Wired magazine about bots that play online poker. It exposes how these online gambling sites are really a fraud. Not only can a bot play nonstop, it can also count cards and basically take advantage over any human gullible enough to do online gambling. This is another case where I admire someone and say “why didn’t I think of that”?

“I guess this means we’ve won the war on terror”

September 21, 2005

I couldn’t have said it better myself: FBI forms anti-porn squad. Don’t we have better things to do? Remember Bin Laden? Hurricane Katrina? $3 gasoline prices? Hello??

Shame on sleaze elements of New Orleans

September 2, 2005

In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, I can understand the need to loot stores for the essentials: food, water, milk, diapers, etc. There’s no one to sell these to you even if you wanted. But beer, jewelry, guns, and electronics? Not only is this totally offensive, it even makes no sense. What good is a TV if there is no power to use it? What do you do with warm beer? The police now have to split their time between saving lives and protecting property. And the armed gunmen make it near impossible for them to do an effective job at either.

I’ve always thought that New Orleans was a dump that was living off its reputation. Now my bleakest opinion has been confirmed.

Airline execs are idiots

August 19, 2005

In the news this week, Northwest and Delta Airlines are at risk of bankruptcy. Same story as usual: it’s all the fault of unions and fuel prices and low cost carriers.

What about the stupid airline executives? Does any airline executive understand basic economics? Your planes are flying full, yet you’re still losing millions every day! This means you’re charging too little. If you raise prices by just 10%, most of you would be profitable again. You don’t all offer the same product — some airlines offer better connections, more convenient flight times, etc. People are willing to pay a small premium for that.

FedEx and UPS run large airlines. They have high fuel costs and unions. And DHL is expanding. But they’re in no danger.