Sep 102014
 
  • AL.com has an interesting piece on TV dinners today, though it may be a bit confused. Frozen dinners are not necessarily TV dinners. TV dinners come in aluminum trays, and they go in the oven. If both of those things aren’t true, it’s not a TV dinner. They may not even make real ones anymore.
  • The Tooth Fairy was finally arrested at our house last night, and she sang like a canary under those hot lights. Took the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus right down with her. Aaron wasn’t mad like Nathan was.
  • I’ve thrown artificial sweeteners overboard. I’m using real sugars in moderation for beverages. I take 8 oz. of grapefruit juice (100 calories) to work to distribute among four bottles of water. That’s working well so far.
  • I’ve finally surrendered fully to reading glasses. Sheesh. I can’t even set a couple of my watches. I refuse to carry them, though. I’ll have a home pair, a work pair, and a car pair. That shall be my one minor rebellion.
  • Weather is looking perhaps a bit more footballish this weekend. I’m glad. As mild as the first part of the summer was, it’s leaving us fairly oppressively.
  • I saved some restaurant nutrition information to my cloud storage this morning. It never occurred to me to put any nude photos of myself up there.
  • My phone contract is almost up. Looking forward to having Cortana in my pocket.
 Posted by at 11:05 am
Sep 082014
 

amazonfireAmazon.com debuted its first smartphone a month and a half ago. The Fire phone is a robust piece of hardware running Amazon.com’s forked and highly modified Android operating system. It has cool features like Dynamic Perspective, Amazon.com’s near-instant video customer service Mayday, and of course very tight integration with the entire Amazon.com ecosystem.

It bowed at $199 with a two-year AT&T contract. Amazon.com just dropped it to $0.99. (I didn’t suggest anything quite that radical, but I did say $199 was too much.)

From this move we can deduce two things. The first is that Amazon.com is trying to steal whatever thunder it can from Apple’s next-generation iPhone announcement. The second is that Fire phone sales must be pretty awful.

Ah, but there must be some significant number of people who plunged at $199, and these people are likely to be some of Amazon.com’s greatest customers and fans. Think they’re feeling rooked?

I don’t have a Fire phone, but I have been a loyal Amazon.com customer for 15 years. Most of what has kept me in the fold has been impeccable customer service. Amazon.com, you have an opportunity to extend that reputation right now.

Every single person who became a Fire phone owner at $199 should receive an Amazon.com gift card for $198.01.

Yes, smartphones are technology products, and we don’t expect them to stay at the same price forever. But a 99.5% price cut 46 days in is a bit much to swallow.

Amazon.com, do the right thing. Make your $199 Fire phone customers whole.

 Posted by at 7:25 pm
Sep 052014
 

My friend Carol recently expressed frustration that we’re all running around babbling about stars’ naughty bits and football team nicknames, and the ostensible leader of the free world is golfing and hobnobbing as it burns down. (That’s not exactly what she said, but I suspect she’d be fine with that account of her concern.) To be [...]

 Posted by at 11:35 am
Aug 192014
 

We need a productive and fruitful conversation on the increasing militarization of police forces. We need a productive and fruitful conversation on police forces and race. We can accomplish none of the above without first stopping a city of more than 20,000 people from tearing itself to pieces. President Obama, this is sustained civil unrest [...]

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