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Misleading marketing???

Feb 10, 2008 / 1 Reply I was at the Apple store tonight, wasting some time before a movie. I was playing with the Mac Book Pro, which was pretty loaded with Final Cut, CS3, etc. It was running everything pretty smoothly, which I found interesting, because the specs sheet with the price that was sitting between the two computers had it listed out as 2gb RAM. This isn't anything special, and as someone who uses Photoshop on a 2gb laptop (HP) with a tendency to leave a lot of programs open, it can bog down pretty easily. So I figured these demo models had more memory. Sure enough, they both had 3gb.

This brings up the question: is this misleading marketing? I think it is. A customer is going to be playing around on one of these computers, and get a feel for how it works, and decide whether to buy it in large part due to this testing. Most will never check to see if the demo computer has different specs than the spec sheet sitting next to it. After all, why would it be different?

I wasn't really being a customer, since I was really just wasting some time in the store, but I was in the mood to be somewhat of a jerk, so I found the closest sales rep and confronted him about this. His reply was that, of course, he or a fellow sales rep would let the customer know the difference, and he pointed out that the computer also wouldn't come loaded with all this software either. Which I don't find as a valid argument because people generally know what software will come with the computer, but they are relying on the spec sheets to know what they are getting computer-wise. Secondly, I doubt it would be brought up that the display model was 3gb. The sales rep would no doubt encourage the customer to upgrade the memory, but I doubt they would go about it by pointing out that the customer was being mislead.

My point to the guy was not that it was wrong to have the 3gb model as the demo (I probably would have put a 4gb one out) but that the spec sheet should have said this. And it could have put the 2gb model on the sheet with the lower price, but it should have been explicit in saying which one was the demo. Otherwise it is a bit of a bait and switch operation.

In the end I got him to agree with me, but that since he wasn't the manager, he couldn't do anything about it. Yeah, too bad.

Hooray...for his bad luck

Dec 18, 2007 / 0 Replies Okay, normally I don't take pleasure in someone else's bad fortune. And most who frequent this site won't care one bit, but Dick Vitale having vocal cord surgery is not only fitting, it is welcome news to me as a college basketball fan. I think if you ranked the top 10 loudest people on the planet, he would be right up there.

If only he was out through April...

Bad domain names

Jul 11, 2007 / 1 Reply Our local movie theater is owned by Coming Attractions Theatres. So of course their website name is catheatres.com. Not ca-theatres.com or something like that. I know there are some "good" domain names that companies lacking foresight used. Got any good ones?

Obviously not with the times

Jun 11, 2007 / 0 Replies The NCAA kicked out a reporter for posting live updates of a college baseball game on his blog. Apparently they have a policy against live bloggers.

How incredibly stupid is this? First, it shows that this is a bureaucracy that obviously doesn't understand what people want these days. I mean, we're talking about college baseball. How many of you have watched a college baseball game on TV in the last five years? I'm probably the only one. Mostly because they are never on TV. A blogger posting notes about the action live is as good as most fans that aren't there can get.

The other dumb thing about it is that any fan in the stadium could be posting to a blog. It's like banning the use of cell phones to call friends and tell them about something happening in the game.

I hope the lawyers for the newspapper sue the living hell out of the NCAA. They deserve it.

This pisses me off!

May 25, 2007 / 7 Replies Basic back story: Professional baseball player is killed in auto accident. Turns out he was drunk and slammed his car into a tow truck that was assisting a stalled vehicle. And had been involved with a drunk driving incident a couple days prior.

Now, the father is suing the restaurant that served him, as well as the towing company and the stalled driver!!! Am I missing something here?

Authorities said the 29-year pitcher had a blood content of nearly twice the legal limit for alcohol in his system when he crashed into the back of the tow truck. He was also speeding, using a cell phone and wasn't wearing a seat belt, Police Chief Joe Mokwa said after the accident. Marijuana also was found in the SUV.

No, none of that was the cause of this guy dying. It was the stalled car and the tow truck driver who decided to lend a hand.

What is MBoffin.com? t-shirt

Apr 27, 2007 / 2 Replies I made a What is MBoffin t-shirt for Dylan's birthday. Check out the back. You may be on it...

A little Chingrish?

Apr 13, 2007 / 0 Replies We all know and love the Engrish website.

Well, apparently this is quite the problem in China, especially with the 2008 Summer Olympics being held in Beijing.

I kind of like John Canzano's take. Especially this line:

Menus especially, are going to be difficult. I don't know about you, but reading an entree' title that says, "Mixed elbow with garlic mud," for macaroni and meatballs tastes about the same to me and feels a little more memorable.

Would you do it?

Nov 18, 2006 / 6 Replies Camp outside a WalMart for days to buy the new PlayStation 3?

When I first heard about this (and saw it when walking into a local WalMart on Thursday night) I thought these people were absolutely CRAZY! Still do, really. But then I heard the next day that people were selling THEIR SPOTS IN LINE for upwards of $1000! WTF!

So would you take a little 3-day vacation and camp out for one of these? If you bought one, you could sell it on ebay for over $1000.

On the other hand, those people who camped out to buy one for themselves are just crazy! Can you not wait a couple months until more are made? It essentially cost you several days of pay + the cost of the player + your dignity!

My biggest question though is why Sony couldn't make more players to release before the holiday season. I know the demand is through the roof right now, but all these insane prices aren't going to Sony, but rather the people buying and selling them. I'd think they would try to get as many as they could out right before Christmas and they'd sell a ton! Am I missing something here?

Microsoft Zune

Nov 11, 2006 / 6 Replies My brother wants to get an MP3 player and is comparing the Creative Zen Vision:M and the Microsoft Zune which of course got me reading up on it. Sounds like a pretty cool player. It's going to have build-in wi-fi (though no software to allow connection to a computer yet. But you will be able to wirelessly transfer songs from one Zune to another, which I think is pretty cool.

What I think is cool is what that opens the door to. Imagine hearing a song you like on the radio, stopping in a Starbucks or some place that has wireless access, connecting straight to the Zune on-line store (which they are building to compete with iTunes) and buying your song. Sounds cool to me!

One thing I don't understand at all is that this player will not be compatible with Windows Media Player. Seems to me that they would merge the two, similar to how iTunes has both a store and player. But apparently they aren't planning to do this. Sounds stupid to me.

I also read a rumor--and it is probably just that--that Microsoft will give people who buy a Zune free downloads of all songs they have purchased from iTunes. Essentially eliminating the barrier iPod users have of not being able to easily transfer their music to a different player.

Good computer store in Clearwater?

Oct 30, 2006 / 3 Replies This is mostly to Wirehead and dcormier. I just moved to Clearwater and need to get myself a new computer. Any ideas on where I should look? I'm looking for a machine that can run Photoshop, Lightroom, etc.