Posts Categorized: Misc

Amazon: the bane of etiquette lovers everywhere

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Amazon seems to be a bane of etiquette lovers everywhere time and again. This time it’s a patent for system to avoid unwanted gifts. I’m all for it, because it makes festive occasions truly festive and more efficient. The genius of it is not appreciated. Frankly, sometimes it seems that the etiquette’s only purpose is […]

Borders Rewards Plus: an echo of old times

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Borders is the only physical book store I go to. When I just moved to the US I did believe in mantra “physical books are expensive”. A trip to “the” book store under the banner of Barnes and Nobles pretty much confirmed that — easy reading in Science Fiction was selling for “recommended price”. And […]

Black Friday: shopper’s mojo is back

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So, this past Friday I went to the stores — to catch a few deals and see how is the atmosphere by the stores. And I guess the recession is over, because the amount of people by local Target store was more than impressive. Line was stretching out end-to-end of the Target and the tail […]

Netflix to disk customers: shoo!

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The wonders of streaming licensing… looks like Netflix has firmly decided to switch out from that old-style “DVDs by mail” business and right into “streaming everywhere/everything”. I don’t know how else to interpret their today’s announcement of streaming-only plan and price increases for old subscribers. It’s great from the point of view of those who […]

Web payola and blogola – it’s alive and well

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A few weeks ago I got an offer of an “ads placement” for one of my other domains. Given that I outgrew the “I’ll blog, get tons of readers and be rich!” phase a looong time ago, right after realizing that most internet users have more important things to do than reading my rants (yay, […]