Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Content owners crying wolfe?

ArsTechnica has a great article up covering the x new technology will destroy y current thing that everyone loves phenomenon over the past 100 years.

It may come as a surprise that these objections raised by content owners are both not new, and also not predictive of destruction of that industry. It is hard to argue against the idea that the cassette tape did more to help the music industry then it did to harm it.

An interesting read, check it out: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/10/100-years-of-big-content-fearing-technologyin-its-own-words.ars

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I'm in love with the N900

I can't wait to get my hands on one of these devices and play around with it. The next few years are going to result in some REALLY cool new phone/computer mashups in the device world.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

WTF Ticketmaster?

Ok seriously the Ticketmaster sittuation has gotten WAY out of hand.

Check the breakdown of a recent purchase I made:

  • Price of tickets as advertised: $20

  • Convenience Charge: $8.35

  • Additional Taxes: $0.42

  • Order Processing Fee: $5.62

  • TOTAL: $34.39

Are you kidding me? it cost me $14.39 just to buy a fucking $20 ticket? Does anyone else see an issue with that? Why the hell didn't they just tell me the ticket cost $30. It would be a lot easier to swallow a $5 service fee on a $30 order, then a $15 fee on a $20 order.

Can you imagine? Go to buy some coffee at Starbucks, sure the cost of the coffee is $2.00 but there is a $1.00 line fee for waiting in line, plus tax, plus a convenience fee because Starbucks has so many locations... no one would stand for it. Stop calling it a $20 ticket and call it what it is, highway robbery, bait and switch, bad business practices, worth walking to the venue to see if they sell the tickets at the window.

If anyone knows how to cut Ticketmaster out of my event transactions I'll gladly entertain that idea.

Thi Chi robot!

This is really neat. Especially if you consider the irony of a robot doing the forms perfectly, but robots don't have any Chi... or do they!?

Thanks to Sara for sharing!