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Split the difference

Published June 13, 2019

Split the difference

Two recent conversations about movies have made me realise there’s a key component of the digital rental process that is missing and would make life so much better. At the moment, on Apple in particular, you can buy a film for a high price initially that drops the longer a film has been in the world. Or you can rent a film for a slightly lower price but only keep it for a certain amount of time.

Haven't they heard of the internet?

Published December 27, 2008

Haven't they heard of the internet?

The Boxing Day sales certainly were popular, especially at the Westfield Shopping Centre. The BBC have a short video of the mass hysteria as the doors to the centre opened. One woman even discusses the fact that she has travelled from afar, stayed overnight in a hotel, and was looking forward to her shopping trip more than Christmas Day itself. Needless to say, this freaks me out. Our cupboards are beginning to look a bit sparse and I need to hit the shops.

Wishing away

Published July 23, 2008

Wishing away

Whilst the new Amazon design is very fancy and navigation is supposedly easier, there seems to be an elemental problem. Being from the UK, I signed up ages and ages ago, via the .co.uk side of Amazon. Today, I accidentally logged in via the .com domain. For a moment, I thought the stupid site had lost my wish list. But the truth is, it doesn’t seem to be able to access it across stores.

Find the colour, sight and sound

Published December 30, 2007

Find the colour, sight and sound

Picture the scene: You enter a bustling Apple store, full of giggling teenage girls snapping pictures of themselves and uploading them to Bebo. Everyone is there buying gadgets with their Christmas money and planning what they’ll get in the January sales. You are buying some software, which you have had to ask an assistant to fetch from the back of the store. You are waiting by the Genius Bar. A woman approaches a Genius and the following conversation ensues:

Blogathon 2006 (20 of 48): Taking a risk, into the unknown

Published July 29, 2006

Blogathon 2006 (20 of 48): Taking a risk, into the unknown

The last time I did go to the supermarket, and that was a while ago thanks to the all new super-duper home delivery service I signed up for, it was busy, as usual. There was one checkout boy who had a completely clear conveyor belt, so I headed straight to him. I usually try and stay away from the youngsters, particularly when I have alcohol, but this time I was being good and didn’t need an over 18.

Blogathon 2006 (5 of 48): Lazy legs

Published July 29, 2006

Blogathon 2006 (5 of 48): Lazy legs

Today, for the very first time, I had my weekly supermarket shop delivered to my door. It never really occurred to me to do this before, because how hard is it to go to the supermarket? But they can be difficult places to deal with - too bright, too busy, too much sensory overload. They say that once you’ve tried shopping this way, you never go back. I’m not so sure.

Necessary evil

Published March 2, 2006

Necessary evil

This weekend, I was commenting on the fact that shops are soon going to run out of a need for sales staff. Especially in places where they don’t actually know anything about what they’re selling and merely run the products over the beep. With chip and pin, I have to put my card in the machine, I have to type my number in and I have to take my card out again.

But I want it now, not later

Published February 10, 2006

But I want it now, not later

Towards the end of December, I ordered something off the internet. I really wanted to support the project, because I’m becoming more and more interested in people self-publishing. Plus I like photographs. The money was taken in early January but I didn’t see anything for a month. After emailing to chase it up, I discovered the order had got lost and would have to be redone, meaning another 2-4 week wait.

Portable

Published January 23, 2006

Portable

As usual, when I proclaim that this weekend we will spend no money at all, we go out and find something to buy. Perhaps one day I will say “You know what? Spend all the money you can,” and I will not come home with anything new. (This is not a good idea.) Thankfully, I didn’t buy the bulk of it, and merely adopted the toy as my own: A PSP.

Judgement

Published December 22, 2005

Judgement

There’s a particular electronics retail outfit that starts with a PC and ends with a World and has rude staff. I was sent to the World today, and was very happy when I found exactly what I wanted straight away. I took it to the desk, where a man with a ginger beard took it and scanned it. “Is this for business or pleasure?” he guffawed, “need I ask.” How RUDE!