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Black Friday consumerism…

Posted by eric on November 23, 2007

I didn’t have any grand ideas to spend any money today. For one, I had to work, which makes it rather difficult to shop. Second, nothing jumped out at me as a “must have.” I looked at the Circuit City and Best Buy ads online yesterday, and didn’t see anything I really wanted. I want to buy a large, internal hard drive, to put into an old computer. But just about every hard drive that was on sale today was an external drive. Nevertheless, I wound up going to Best Buy on my way home from work tonight. I wanted to look at an HDTV (that’s another story). I started thinking about memory cards for my phone, because I ran out of room while trying to take a picture last night (I transferred all of my photos from my old phone). I found a 1 GB microSD card for around $20. Not a bad deal. Then I saw a 2 GB card on sale for $19.99. Much better deal! I decided to see if there were better deals elsewhere, and it turned out that Staples had the same thing for $17.98. So I headed over to Staples, saved a few bucks over Best Buy, and now I can take a lot more photos!

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Posted by eric on November 14, 2007

I normally listen to NPR on my way into work, and sometimes on my way home as well. One of the programs that I usually catch is Marketplace — a look at the business world, economics, and all kinds of things. (It’s more interesting than it sounds.) Recently, they’ve been doing reports in a series called Consumed, looking at whether the current “consumer economy” is sustainable. Tonight’s report on the processing of e-waste was almost a little scary. Basically, a lot of stuff gets shipped off to China. Processors there strip out the metals, either by just hacking the parts off, or dissolving them in chemicals. Sometimes, the “chemical stew” (as they put it) just gets dumped into the soil. That mixture sometimes includes lead. The solid metals are sold to wholesalers. Sometimes those metals get used for jewelry — cheap stuff that’s sent back to the US and sold in dollar stores and the like. And sometimes those items include lead — which shouldn’t be shocking, given the recent recalls. Yikes.
I’ve at least tried to be responsible with my e-waste. When I had a computer power supply go bad a few years ago, I took it (along with an old printer) to the “hazardous materials” facility run by the city, which accepts e-waste. So now I just hope they’ve been responsible…

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I didn’t say I would blog, but here I am…

Posted by eric on November 5, 2007

Tonight, I attended a lecture at the University of North Florida. It was part of their Distinguished Voices lecture series. Tonight’s lecture was by Lee Rainie, the director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project, about life in a connected society. I found out about it through the emails we get at work from the school’s PR people, and figured why not — it looked interesting. Near the start of the lecture, Rainie asked if anyone was live-blogging. Nobody raised their hand. Then he asked if anyone would blog afterward. I think five people raised their hands — I didn’t, even though I was fairly sure I would blog afterward. And here I am.
But anyway, the content. There was one slide showing the ways information flows — I think he called it the “ecology” of information. There was one describing things in the mid-1970s — fairly simple. Then there’s the one for today — arrows going all over the place. Very telling about the way things work these days. Another interesting stat was on the use of social networking sites. Something like 93 percent of teens or young adults (I forget which group) having profiles, while only 22 of adults do. A lot of the screenshots were taken from Facebook — while that may have just been an example, it does seem that Facebook is having a lot of growth these days. There was a good article in Newsweek about two months back, taking a look at the site from several angles. Another interesting stat was that 2/3rds of people with social networking profiles take steps to protect their information — based on everything that’s out there, you’d think it would be lower, that people are putting their information out there willy-nilly. And believe me, there are plenty of people who are doing that. But apparently, it’s not as much as you think.
Anyway, it was an hour and a half that was fairly well-spent. Even if I missed How I Met Your Mother, and the first five minutes of Heroes. But I can catch HIMYM another way (there you go, time-shifting, something mentioned during the lecture), and I’ll find out what happened during Heroes (the rest of the show was amazing).

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Day 26: quick hits, part 2

Posted by eric on November 26, 2006

— The TV spot for the new iPod shuffle is pretty cool. In case you haven’t seen it, it’s worth checking out:
I tried finding out more about how it was done, but have not yet had any success.
— Bizarre day in the NFL. Jaguars lose on a last-second field goal. Giants lose on a last second field goal, to the Titans of all people. After having a 21-0 lead. Bears and Pats combine for nine turnovers.
— On another NFL note, it seems there’s a buzz about the NFL Network’s “debut” last Thursday. I read one blurb that said their coverage was good, considering it’s their first time out. Then another said that it left something to be desired, and that CBS and Fox don’t have to worry about the NFL Network taking away more games. What seems to be an agreed-upon point is that nobody (comparatively) is seeing these NFL Network games, because of the cable carriage deals.
TV Week did an audio interview a while back with Doug Ellin, one of the executive producers of “Entourage.” I stumbled upon it while looking for something else. Cool stuff. One warning: it’s spoiler-y for the end of season 3. But if you haven’t seen that episode by now, you probably aren’t interested in listening to the interview.
— Last night (around 1 AM) I looked at the upgrade process for Gallery. Then I realized it wasn’t something I wanted to start at that point in the night. I may install it on my personal server, then do the “real” upgrade/install. This agrees with the advice Dawn gave me in a comment to a previous post. (Thanks, Dawn!)

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that’s one way to pay for a new computer…

Posted by eric on November 25, 2006

sell ad space.
It seems Leah Culver made a decent pitch for it, and managed to raise the cash. And it definitely makes the laptop stand out. And it doesn’t really look ugly or anything. Helps that it’s a Mac 🙂
(via a tangentially-related Slashdot article.)

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day 24

Posted by eric on November 24, 2006

I’m this far along with NaBloPoMo, not gonna let it slip by now…
Some quick hits:
— Larry Coker is officially fired as the head coach of the UM football team. Not exactly a surprise, since plenty of people have been expecting it for the past few months. He will coach the bowl game, if we get an invitation — that largely rests on the outcome of tomorrow’s VT-UVa game. And as far as the new coach… who knows.
— I saw lines stretching all the way around a Best Buy shortly after midnight — five hours until the store opened. Nuts. I know some people love it, but it’s not for me. Three years ago, I went to a Circuit City on Black Friday (around 10 AM, after producing the morning show), and picked up a scanner at a good price, as well as some DVDs and CDs. Don’t think I’ve been shopping on the day since.
— I now have a new UM sweatshirt. Which is a good thing, because my current one is about 6 years old, and starting to shrink.
— In the next few days, I may be upgrading the software that currently runs my photo gallery. Right now, I use Gallery v1.x. I’m thinking of giving 2.x a shot. It looks like it’s a nice upgrade. There are reasons for the timing, but I’m not going to elaborate on them here at this point.
That’s what’s running around my mind at the moment (or at least a sample of it…).

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rumbles in the blogosphere

Posted by eric on November 17, 2006

Jason Calacanis is leaving AOL. He’s done a whole slew of high tech things — apparently he was recently in charge of Netscape. I wouldn’t have even noticed the story on Slashdot, if i didn’t recognize the name from when I briefly met the guy at a broadcasting conference about 8 years ago (it was a session on the web):

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MS Zune, take two…

Posted by eric on November 15, 2006

This is kind of funny, on the heels of yesterday’s post about the Zune’s error screen. Now it’s being reported that it’s not compatible with Vista. Oops.

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well, that’s one way to do it.

Posted by eric on November 14, 2006

I’ve seen this photo linked in several places as the result of an error with the new Microsoft Zune player. Some people believe it’s a little, umm, racy. Check it out, draw your own conclusions. If it really is an error splash screen, well, that’s an interesting easter egg…

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scratch that off the list…

Posted by eric on November 13, 2006

Looks like Butch Davis is headed to Chapel Hill. Most Miami fans will agree that there will be a coaching change made in Coral Gables… now the big question remains who will come in.

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