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Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday is just Stupid

To my recollection, I've only ever participated in a Black Friday event back in 2006. And it was really really tough. In a nutshell, I went shopping at midnight, went home to nap, then went out again to shop during the day, totally 15 some hours of shopping by day's end. It's something that I hope to never do again in my life. (Note: I only did this because some girls wanted to do some shopping).

The point I wanted to make, is that Black Friday is stupid and represents some of the things that's wrong with this country (USA). The following article on Gizmodo really sums it up:

10 Reasons We're Doomed: Black Friday Edition

What's stupid about it is how so many people camp outside the stores, lining up in the cold weather, to buy crap they don't really need. Like yesterday, I heard on the radio that some people have been camping outside Best Buy (BB) for 5 days. When a man was asked by the reporter what he was planning to buy, the fool replied that he did not know.

So this guy set up a tent outside of BB, for over 100 hours, to wait for some deals on merchandise he doesn't even know he'll want? It seems more like people in general will want it, after they see how much they're "saving" from the sale.

I can understand it a little more if someone were to do the research for an item(s) he/she wants in particular, and then going shopping that day at the exact store that's selling it. With this information age, it's not hard to find our who's having what deals and where. But to go out and spend money on stuff you don't know you'll even need/want, is just crazy.

For me, this year, I did my shopping online. I knew what I wanted to get. No lines. No cold weather. No crazy shoppers to deal with. No hassle.

And now I can add, dangerous and potentially life-threatening to your health/well-being:

Sunday, November 23, 2008

My Favorite Firefox Add-ons

Firefox is my favorite web browser. In this day and age, I see no need to use Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE). Although I do like Google Chrome, it's still not available for Linux yet. But this isn't an entry about browsers and the pros and cons of each. (I do plan on writing about browsers and operating systems in the near future.)

This is the list of add-ons that I install on any computer I use running Firefox.
Spreadfirefox Affiliate Button


Monday, November 10, 2008

My Impressions of the G1 running Android

I've had my G1 for a few weeks now. My overall impressions are pretty good. I like the touch screen, I like the free applications available through the market app, and I definitely enjoy the web browsing experience on the 3G network over my old Blackberry Pearl on the EDGE network.

But I do have a few complaints:
  • Battery Life is too short. I can maybe go for a maximum of 2 days without a recharge if I very minimal use of the phone. But I suppose this is understandable since it is 3G and touchscreen.
  • 3G network still not available everywhere. I go to the Chicago suburbs, and I'm back on the EDGE network when I want to browse.
  • Facebook's regular website is not G1 friendly. This is not the G1's fault. In fact I use the Facebook iphone website instead.
  • Gmail's contact does not sync well. This is what pisses me off the most. Since your contact list is from your Gmail account (at least it should be for back-up purposes), it's a one way sync: Gmail app to phone. If you enter a new contact in the phone, it will not sync up into the Gmail app, or at least not quickly.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Went to the Obama Rally in Grant Park

I witnessed history in the making last night by attendeding Barack Obama's Election Night in Grant Park.

How I got the ticket: Sheer Luck
It all started after I got my lunch and was heading back to the office. A lady one floor beneath mine hopped on the elevator early (she wanted to go down, I was going up, but a co-worker of hers just got off), and she mentioned to her co-worker that if got his ticket yet. I noticed how she was wearing an Obama shirt, pins, and hats. My intuition made me stare at her more. She mentioned that they were mailing tickets out today for the rally. Apparently she was an Obama supporter. As I was getting off, I quickly asked if they had any extras. As the elevator door was shutting, she put her arm to stop the doors, and told me to stop by her office at 3pm, told me her name, and that if she had any left, I could have one.

So 3pm rolls around and I stop by, one ticket available waiting at the receptionist desk for me. Sweet.

Many have called this ticket the "golden ticket" also. Because it isn't a web ticket (no +1 guest) and it wasn't sent via email to be printed out. Mine is a genuine ticket that I guess is issued to volunteers and guests of the campaign. I'm so glad I endorsed Barack Obama on Facebook the day before Election Day.

The rest was pretty much history. I was under the impression that there would only be 70,000 people in the ticket area. But when I got there, and looking around, I'm pretty sure there was way more than that, more like at least 100,000 people.

Other than the smell of weed, farts, and horse crap, the event was pretty nice. And of course, president elect, Barack Obama's speech was heartwarming and inspirational. I have a feeling this will be the president my generation will measure all other presidents, in our lifetime.