When you use Craigslist or Freecycle even, you are opening yourself up to flakes at the very least, scams at the very worst. I am kind of glad that someone thought of this. I checked the list but it is very sparse so far, so the idea still needs some time to spread. Eventually there is probably a better way but since most of Freecycle is on Yahoo Groups instead of its own platform, it would be hard to incorporate a more useful solution.
I got an email today telling me that Netflix has reversed its decision to split off the DVD business. No Qwikster.
I had downgraded my DVD and streaming account after the announcement because I felt that Netflix was going too far. OK, I can deal with the 60% price hike given that I still found Netflix better than the alternative. I get A LOT out of the streaming, especially since they have a good selection of kids programs. I love nothing better than letting my son watch his favorite Thomas & Friends or Caillou without any commercials. I was also starting to enjoy watching TV episodes and documentary available on the streaming account commercial free.
When Netflix announced the price hike, I contemplated switching to streaming only, but it wasn’t until Netflix announced that they were splitting off the business that I decided to downgrade my account to protest the move. Clearly, I was not the only one. However, I am not sure that I will revert my decision as there is a major rethinking about our entertainment strategy at home currently. Netflix’s announcement about their price change has come along at a time when my family is giving our entertainment strategy and spending some serious analysis.
Today is one of those days I will remember. A past generation remembered the assasination of JFK and MLK, and my generation and those like me remembers 9/11 and today, the passing of Steve Jobs. I was on my iPhone, with my baby girl sleeping next to me, when I found out the news of his passing.
Being a computer geek/ internet fan girl, I am definitely going to remember Steve Jobs for his wonderful contributions, the way he impacted my life and the world, his amazing comeback story, and amazing entrepreneur leadership.
The speech below is one of my favorite speeches by anyone, ever. Even if you have seen this before, it is worth enjoying again.
My first computer was purchased from Radio Shack — a Tandy 1000. I was 12 years old and my father bought it for me before I went to junior high school. I also had a dot matrix printer a long with it.
My second computer was a Mac PowerBook. I purchased that laptop at the Huntley Bookstore at the Claremont Colleges when I was a freshman at Claremont McKenna Colleges. I even had access to eWorld — anyone remember that?
I am a privileged person. Being a tech geek, I have had many more PC desktops and laptops. Some I bought for myself, some issued by work. Most of my working life I have used PCs but I still like the Mac. I had an iMac, and now also a basic MacBook. While I still have my PC desktop, this blog post is written on a Mac. In all likelihood, I will probably remain a Mac for a while longer.