Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Peek goes Twitter and is now available at Blockbuster

Peek goes Twitter and is now available at Blockbuster: "

Not ready to make the switch to a smart phone? Want your email on the go?


Peek, the tiny non-smartphone smartphone dedicated to email and messaging, is now available at Blockbuster stores across the nation. Peek buyers will also receive one month free of Blockbuster Total Access, a Netflix-like service that lets you rent DVDs and BR disks by mail or in-store. You can also refer a friend and get a $15 Blockbuster gift card.

The Pronto costs $59.99 with $14.99/month service. The Classic costs $19.99.

In related news, it seems the company has created a new version of the hardware with dedicated Twitter access. We’ve seen images of the box, above, and we’re asking for more info right now.

[Thanks, Nerdworld]


Monday, October 26, 2009

Photo of the Day: “Homelessness 2009″

Photo of the Day: “Homelessness 2009″: "


Slowly but surely our society is becoming more technologically advanced.

Via: Imgbit.com


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Windows 7 in the Wild

Can't wait until October 22 to get your hands on Windows 7? Head on down to Sam's Club in Loveland Colorado and pick up a Toshiba 10.1" Mini Laptop with Windows 7 starter edition today.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Extreme FAIL: ebay Edition

I started shopping thrift stores for Lacoste polo shirts to sell on ebay during my freshman year of college. Everyone wanted that little alligator. It turned into a nice little way to make some extra beer lunch money. After having 200+ transactions I closed my ebay account a few years later. I was tired of people not paying for things they bid on and the occasional (poorly) attempted scam was irritating.

After a few years of trash talking ebay and avoiding it at all cost, I had a few things that I wanted to sell. Craigslist is great, but it is a much smaller market for specialty items. I decided to try ebay again. Wow. They seem to have gotten their act together. The site is much easier to post on, and they even have a little button I can click that makes me feel nice and warm inside: "Block bids from buyers who might make transactions more difficult or expensive."

The following are direct quotes from emails I received after my first 3 times sold on ebay:

June 27, 2009

"Dear rprobay,

We have a little bit of a misunderstanding her. My son was
bidding on this item without me being notified. I do not want him
to have this item and furthermore I can not afford it. Is there any
way you can cancel this transaction. I understand your situation.
Thank you.

- jomamameh"

September 17, 2009

"Dear rprobay,


I am a civil worker. I won your item and want to buy it for my chat mate

in Nigeria.

I will be the payer and will pay you for it which includes your shipping


Also, i will like to know if its in good condition as she nags a lot. I


pay through paypal account and will do that as soon as you reply me if you

are willing to sell to me. i should have done it but i just got a call that

i will be in Guatamela tomorrow morning and i dont know when i will be

back, so please help out.

Thanks and may God bless you.

- dobuyallgoods"

October 2, 2009

"Dear rprobay,

Hi Seller,

I will be able to send you the money via PayPal i will to buy this item for my son who his studying in West Africa for is up coming graduation as a gift so i will add up the shipping cost to the fund so hope to hear from you soon.my claramalezieux@gmail.com


- cleokat33"

Is it possible to sell items on ebay without having to jump through hoops? Am I the only one having this problem? I doubt it. So the question arises: What will it take for ebay to fail as a company? As far as I am concerned they have already failed as an auction site.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Kindle for iPhone. What am I missing?

I have been following the e-book "wars" for a while now. The technology side of these devices has me very excited. I have had many conversations over the last month regarding my dream e-book reader. I want color. I want touch screen. I want wireless content delivery. After looking over Crunch Gear's e-book reader comparison chart it was clear a winner has not arrived.

Fast forward a few weeks to a meeting I was in last night. Like any good meeting attendee I stared down at my iPhone seeking an escape from reality. My latest escape comes in the form of "cheap" apps from the iPhone App store. As I was digging around I came across Kindle for iPhone. Have I had my dream e-book reader in my pocket for every one of the dream e-book conversations I have had? I spend no less than 2 hours per day reading news, tweets and emails this way. Can I read a book like this?

I loaded up a couple of free books from the Kindle store. I read. I kept reading. I think I like this.