Buying Campbell’s tomato soup? Go for regular, not “healthy”

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Another epic win of Marketing BS over common sense and logic. According to investigation, what is labeled as “Healthy” and “Low Sodium” tomato soup is actually identical to the regular Campbell’s soup in the amount of sodium (read “salt”).
Bonus unobviousness: “healthy” version of tomato soup actually contains 1.5g of fat per serving, while regular one has none. I presume that most people think “healthy” means less fat, not more. Here it also costs 50c more ($.99 versus $1.49)
And what marketing genius decided to brand salt “sodium” anyways?
Campbell’s claims that “healthy” label complies with guidelines from AHA.
I suppose they couldn’t just say “We charge people who want ‘Healthy’ versions of products more because they’re snobs and can afford it, ha-ha”. And “Well it doesn’t say ‘healthy compared to regular version’, so we just compared it to all soups in general”.
I hate marketing BS.

Forgotten things at the gym

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Being absent-minded myself, I always get mixed feelings at seeing how absent-minded other people can be. Sometimes, though, I can’t help but laugh.
In course of going to the gym for several months, I’ve seen a number of weird forgotten things. For example:
Running shoes. I suppose it’s something one can easily forget. Usually a pair would be tucked neatly under the bench, and sit there for a few days.
Boxer shorts. Not sure how one can forget shorts. Surprisingly, nobody forgets the briefs there. Perhaps, people just don’t wear that to the gym. Boxers will lay on the bench also for a few days, and then mysteriously vanish.
A number of swimming glasses, children shoes, books…

So far I don’t know how exactly gym personell decides what to remove, or what to let sit on the spot for a few days. Or, perhaps, someone finally crawled out from the sauna room at the gym and had a teary reunification with boxers, left on that bench a few days earlier.

I should probably ask ladies about what exactly women forget at the gym.

Palm, Web OS and deadly exclusivity

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I feel sorry for Palm.
Palm had a perfect opportunity to become a new trendsetter, and move a ton of their new phones. Fresh new neat looking OS? Check. Nice hardware? Check. Hype and plenty of customers, hungry for something, anything new from Palm? Check.
Analysts were quite happy too. It looked like Palm had a real chance to come back, kick some Apple iPhone’s booty (well, not major, but at least Pre didn’t look like an antiquated phone), make tons of cash and attract new customers.
Except then they went with Sprint as an exclusive carrier. And it wasn’t just a “one-two months” exclusive deal but quite a prolonged contract with, I presume, no way out. At first, it was good. Users liked it. Sprint network, though much smaller than Verizon or ATT, nevertheless, sufficiently expansive. But… Sprint is still carrier number 3, and CDMA. Which means sales potential was limited.
I think as soon as Palm saw that users were ready to buy new Pre, they should have expanded like crazy. GSM version should have been made available in couple months, pumping up new OS, allowing ATT and T-Mobile and European carriers to offer nifty new gadget.
But instead Palm just enjoyed a little bit of sunshine and pretty much stopped. Developer program was delayed and suspiciously looked like first revision of the iPhone’s (remember that “you can do anything through web” mantra, that evaporated from Apple once the “real” SDK became available?). I think all of that added dead weight to the chance of true revival of Palm.
Ideas were great, but complacency and exclusivity stifled this chance.
I suppose Palm couldn’t really predict that Google’s Android is going to explode and attract so much attention. They should have been the “iPhone Alternative” on Verizon’s great network, but due to exclusivity, HTC and Motorola managed to woo users with new Android devices and even introduction of Plus versions of their phones didn’t boost sales by much.

Sadly, their options are now limited, just like cash on hand. I wonder if Palm will attempt to make a new Android device (just like it tried to make Windows Mobile phones), or at least tries to take over the category of cheapest smartphones.
Good luck, Palm. And try not to limit the choice of carrier next time, if there is next time.

Preface

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More or less every day I find some things that I would like to comment on. While I’ve been keeping blog in Russian for many years, I haven’t had a full-fledged blog in English, and this site is supposed to rectify the situation.

I have to apologize in advance for the language, as sometimes I can be quite stern and acidic. It comes with a character, I guess. Let me know if I go overboard, or if you don’t agree with something — I will try to keep an open mind (though being opinionated is also right there next to acidity on my “bad character streaks” list).

Thanks