Sunday, April 30, 2006
They have a great online demo program that lets you try out the function of the guide on a simulated TV/remote.
The demo is pretty good, but I have to wonder how they got the sample content through their editorial control. I'm not sure that The Fluffer is a good first movie to have appear in the listings when you're creating a canned interactive sales demo of a fairly mainstream product.
Friday, April 28, 2006
Given the above information, I thought for sure the Department of Education's Direct Loan Servicing Center would be sharp enough to reduce the direct debit amount of my last student loan payment to the payoff amount.
But, of course, given that I am posting it here, Uncle Sam went ahead and took a full regular payment despite the fact that the payoff amount on the loan was less than a full regular payment.
How foolish of me to expect any more of them.
From what the CSR told me, the only way she could assure me that the next payment wouldn't be taken out was to manually remove the automatic payment plan, since she wasn't sure that the payments would stop being taken out on their own next month!
She assured me that a rebate check would be cut for the overage. I wonder how long that will take?
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Any aussies remember the Gillette 3000 sketch from the Late Show (circa 1992)? They were advertising Gillette's new 16 blade razor (in typical Gillette manly-man voice over):
The first blade distracts the hair, while the second and third blades sneak up behind it, cutting off any escape routes.
The fourth and fifth blades attempt to coax the hair from its hiding place using modern counselling techniques while the sixth blade, posing as a passing motorist, acts as a decoy, allowing the seventh and eighth blades to swoop down and quickly overpower the hair.
The ninth blade, disguised as a postman, administers a small dose of chloroform, allowing blades 10 through 13 to remove the hair and escort it away for further questioning.
The 14th blade informs the hair of its rights.
The 15th blade handles the paperwork and the 16th blade, well, it's just along for the ride.
“Then he told me carrying the [banned item] was against new health and safety regulations. It’s crazy.” Under the new rules [banned item] is classed as a “hazardous article” and can only be carried on buses if it is in a bag.No they don't care about safety, but they certainly care about regulations.
A spokesman for Cardiff Bus said: “We apologise to Mr Heale for the obvious inconvenience caused.
“Safety of passengers is our No1 priority which is why the company takes regulations very seriously.”
If the item was truly dangerous, it wouldn't be allowed on the bus under any circumstances at all. This is all merely about the appearance of safety, not really about any actual improvement of safety.
You know that old saying, "You can never be too safe." True that may be, but you can certainly go too far in the name of safety without actually making anyone any safer.