Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Apple iPad Features NOT!

Apple has rolled out their new product the iPad and so far it is a hit. I waited a few days before purchasing mine because I wanted to do some research on the product. I first started on the Apple.com website and they had a tab for the iPad. Under that tab there were several sub-tabs, the one of note was the Features tab. As I scrolled down this exhaustive list near the bottom Apple listed iWork as a feature. iWork is Apple's productivity suite that is similar to Microsoft Office. A must have if you want to use the iPad for business. Seeing that this was a feature I was eager to make my way to an Apple Store to purchase the device.

Upon powering up the device and activating it, I was eager to play with the iWork features, only to find that they were missing from my brand new iPad! I called a customer service rep over to help me with my situation only to be infuriated when they replied that iWork is a feature but it is an additional $30 Cost!??! "HOW THE HECK IS THAT A FEATURE?" I quipped. The rep just shrugged and said that it was a very minor cost to add such functionality to my iPad.

I agree that it is a low cost, but I am MAD AS HELL that Apple listed it as a feature and did not even put an asterisk next to it denoting additional costs were required for that functionality.
I have tried via email and calls to the customer support center, to inform Apple of the issue with the way iWork is listed but I have been ignored and am now considering filing a class-action law suit over the matter. I feel this constitutes false advertisement.

Monday, January 19, 2009

30mpg is high mileage????????

I had a Geo Metro actually I have had 3 of them. These cars had a 3 cylinder engine and automatic transmissions and air conditioning. These features are not much to be proud about BUT these cars got an average of 40mpg sometimes more in the city. 

Since when did the US automakers decide that 30mpg was high mileage??? The metro was a sub $10k car that was NOT a hybrid! 

Recently I was fortunate to vacation in Cabo San Lucas Mexico and was blown away when I saw this...

The Chevy Tornado! This thing is a cute little pickup truck that gets nearly 35mpg!!! 

Why is this vehicle NOT on the roads of the USA? (and GM needs a bailout...)
It is time that we the citizens of the USA demand that the auto manufacturers give us what we need and stop delivering vehicles for the upper echelon. 

Chrome its not just a pretty metal...

For the past few years the it seems that there has been a growing desire for google to dominate the web. Why not? They seem to know what they are doing. The question on several mainstream users/authors is "When will they have their own browser?"
That wait is over. In the middle of 2008, google quietly announced a new project that had begun public distribution in a beta format. They called it Chrome (www.google.com/chrome).  I was so eager to try it that I downloaded it and installed it with out even reading the terms of service or EULA (End Users License Agreement). I know what  your thinking, "Dave come on everyone reads those..." Yeah right! But as it turns out the terms of the agreement basically stated that anything you did using their browser became property of google. This threw the whole tech community in a one day outcry of, "FOUL!" With in 48 hours of its release, google changed the wording of the license to be less demanding. 

It is true that information is king and those who control it shall rule the world. I am now sure that for every little piece of software I put on my system, I will have to read the license very carefully. I advise you to do the same.

Coming up I will review Chrome and tell you that it is probably the best browser available today...

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Since When....

I have to admit, I held out as long as I could. Then they did it. It was just a few short months ago, Apple Computers Inc. created the iPhone. That in turn forced me to install iTunes on my system. Oh great now they get to know everything about what I put on my player. In the interest of getting to use this amazing piece of tech, I went ahead and installed it.
A couple of months ago Apple released the latest version of Safari for Windows, and I downloaded it and installed it. After several lock ups and site compatibility issues I decided that I would just stick to FireFox. Now every time my iTunes has an update I have to un-check the box that also installs Safari.
This sucks!!!
Since when, did I have to tolerate a company that I am paying for service, force feeding me something I DO NOT WANT! I have submitted several eMails and still have received exactly what I expected from a company who refuses to listen to the market and that is NADDA.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

What side of a Hall do we walk on???

This is the first post of the Rants section of my site...
A few months ago, I was walking down a hall and a group of gabbing ladies (4 to be exact) was approaching me. I always walk to my right and well these ladies nearly ran me into the wall as I tried to be polite and give them more room, but then I thought to myself WTF!?! (ask a kid what it means.) I had to bite my tongue not to make a scene.

Since then I have been taking note as to these kind of situations. I am ashamed to be a part of a society where more and more people in it, have less and less consideration for others. It seems to happen to me on a daily basis. I know what you are thinking... "Dave come on! You must be a smaller person and they just do not see you..." Think again I am a VERY formidable presence, Mack trucks run themselves off the road rather than to run into me... "Hall Hogging" (my phrase, and yes you can use it just give me credit for coining it.) seems to not be the only blatant disrespect I have been encountering. Take for instance walking through a set of double doors; Seems as if nearly one out of five times I am confronted by a person walking out of the right side door...MY DOOR!!! And I find myself waiting for them to clear MY PATH!

I know this behavior is going to get worse as time progresses unless someone starts teaching kids respect for others, (oh wait, I forgot that is outlawed in schools these days.)I will have to start wearing protective gear just to walk down the hall...Hey that might actually be fun. Remember I am a formidable presence.