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Marketing Speak

I love marketing… (you should be able to smell the sarcasm in that statement)

For example, my Verizon Wireless cell phone plan has a feature service “included for free”, called Mobile Web 2.0 Access; that costs $1.99 per Megabyte. However, I could upgrade to “Unlimited Free Mobile Web 2.0”; that only costs $15/month.

So let me get this straight… I can either access the web for free and just pay per access, or, I can pay to access the web for free. How can I lose?

I have another term to describe marketing and sales people when they talk like this… Shit Speak.


November 28, 2007 Posted by | Life in general, Pet Peeves | 1 Comment

Privately, Hollywood admits DRM isnt about piracy

Privately, Hollywood admits DRM isnt about piracy

*GASP* I’m shocked!

No I’m not… but it seems to be politically incorrect to accuse the movie industry of any wrong doing these days. As a matter of fact, somehow, they have been able to spin it in the media that technology and service providers are to blame. People believe that it is your cable companies fault that they are now preventing the function of a DVR/PVR from fast forwarding through commercials. Well, it’s not. It is the owner of the IP… it is NBC who needs you to watch commercials… it is the NFL that is preventing you from seeing Thursday night games… it is Hollywood that is preventing you from recording in high definition to play back at a later time – because they all are greedy!

DRM has really become a problem for me to the point where I can’t even view the media I properly “have rights to” because, of course, I don’t own it despite that I paid good green money for it.

Check out this article which really throws a wrench into my plans for my home theater system, Vista unable to convert CableCard media, but read carefully… in the end it is the MPAA who has lobbied the government to create laws under the premise of protection from piracy with their true intentions to control how you view media in order to optimize their profits.

So, don’t talk to me about piracy and protecting the intellectual property of Hollywood; talk to me about how to crack the code within the law and within my rights.

January 16, 2007 Posted by | Life in general, Movies, Pet Peeves, Tech | Leave a comment

Learn How to Park

Those painted lines in a parking lot… the ones all neatly laid out… someone went through all that trouble SO YOU CAN PARK BETWEEN THEM! OMG, WHERE DID YOU LEARN HOW TO PARK?!?!?!?!

I'm pushed one step closer to the loony bin every time I see a car parked crooked, or offset, or even taking up two complete spaces. It drives me nuts! I don't care that you bought a $50,000 oversized shopping cart, or a Ford Monstrosity, or bangin' Civic… learn how to get it between the lines evenly!

Yesterday, it was some non-descript car parked so off center it took up two spaces at the baseball fields where parking is always an issue due to the sheer number of people. This morning, it was at the gym where I was still sitting in my car getting my headphones on when a chick in a Durango quickly pulls in next to me, off-center, crooked, wheels turned, and too far forward. Well, she'll straighten out… … … NO! Apparently that's good enough for her and off she goes.


OK, here's how you do it: 1) You need some room to pivot your car in so give yourself some margin before trying to turn in. 2) Swing the front of your car to the far side of the space (as far as you can, but please don't hit my car) 3) Sharply straighten your wheels back out as you finish. This isn't parallel parking, it's very simple. 4) And if you screw up, fix it!

(Don't even get me started on people who can't pull out of a driveway backwards)

June 23, 2006 Posted by | Pet Peeves | 4 Comments