Another reason why Woot.com is Awesome
April 29, 2011
I just got a package from Woot.com. I didn’t even think about it as I opened it; it had my name on it, so I opened it, simple as that. Inside was a Best Buy Gift Card. “Huh,” I thought to myself, “I don’t recall ordering one of these.” The message (which was in nice cursive handwriting) said: Thank you John! Jumbo woot
Adding a Roku to a Logitech Harmony Remote
August 30, 2010
I got a Roku HD player from Woot.com recently and, as with any electronic device for displaying content on your television, it came with a remote. I have a refurbished Logitech Harmony 880 remote that I use to control all of my devices so after verifying that the Roku worked (and adding my Netflix, Amazon Video, and Flickr accounts to it), I decided to add it to my remote’s repertoire.
Kindle 3 announced, joy ensues
July 29, 2010
At the beginning of the month, Amazon unveiled the 3rd generation of the Kindle DX which was now ensconced in a Graphite colored shell, provided a better contrast ratio, and faster refresh times. This all but guaranteed we would be seeing the Kindle 3 shortly. Yesterday, it was noticed that the Kindle 2 was out of stock, for probably the first time since they started selling them, which caused a few to wonder if the Kindle 3 was nigh. Well, nigh it was and today we have the option of pre-ordering a brand new Kindle 3 (or possibly “Kindle 2, 3rd Generation”, but we like Kindle 3 better).
Filing a claim with FedEx or What the hell happened to my TV?
April 15, 2010
A while back I got a refurbished TV from woot.com, when it arrived and the FedEx guy dropped it on the ground I cringed a little, but signed for it and then dragged it over to my desk to open it up. I removed the Styrofoam padders on the top corners and pulled the TV out. There were some scuff marks on the sides (no biggie there, cosmetic blemishes are part of what makes a refurb a refurb), but there were also scuff marks on the screen, just left of center near the top. This was slightly more troubling, but trying to think happy thoughts, I plugged it in anyway (using a VGA cable from my laptop for the input). Alas, nothing! Well, not nothing exactly, as the screen would flash and it would show mostly black, except for some really colorful sections radiating from the aforementioned scuff marks, which with the TV on were all black and sort of in a fist shape. At this point, I can’t help but think that someone has punched my TV. After a moment of wondering who would punch a TV, I realized I needed to figure out who it is I should contact. First, I email woot, and ask the obvious question (“Did you ship me a broken TV?"), they inform me that they did not. Then I have to decide between FedEx and Magnavox (the latter for some sort of repair service). I opt to talk to FedEx first, which is what led to the hijinks that inspired this post.
“Cloud” versus Hardware – Costs
December 11, 2008
It really humors me how much news I’ve seen as of late about “Cloud Computing”. Granted I’ve gotten more into that specific niche, so, I’m reading more into it. The one thing that a number of “major” news stories tout is how much money will be saved by using the “Cloud”. News flash… Only if you use the cloud properly. To use the cloud properly, you need to scale up and down.