Submitted by ant on Wed, 10/05/2005 - 12:14pm.
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Yahoo! News briefly report the annoying quotes from sales clerks.
From a poll of shopping mall customers by a retail consulting firm: "Uh, that's not my department." Ever hear that in a store? Did visions of fiendish violence against the clerk flash through your mind? "Not my department" topped the list of Most Annoying Words from Salesperson's Mouth, cited by 29 percent. No. 2? The classic, "If it's not on the rack, we don't have it." That golden oldie was cited by 25 percent. "That's the policy," "I'm on a break," "Ask the person over there," "I'm new here," "You'll have to wait your turn" and "The computer is down" rounded out the list.
Submitted by ant on Mon, 08/29/2005 - 9:07pm.
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This Ars Technica article reports the stickers (e.g., Intel Inside, Centrino Mobile Technology, Designed for Windows XP, Mobile Graphics by ATI, etc.) placed on computers and laptops by the major OEMs are not only irritating to some users, but apparently Dell is tired of the branding game, too. Why might Dell object? The king of computer mass production says that the time it takes to put all of these various stickers on products is a bottleneck in their operations.
Submitted by ant on Sat, 08/27/2005 - 6:52pm.
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CNET News.com and The New York Times report that in the crowded, often confusing world of extended service warranties, ambivalence is common. Such product "accessories," as some sales representatives call them, are available for cell phones, home office machines, washers and dryers, exercise equipment, televisions--in short, everything from $9,000 stoves to $20 DVD's.
Submitted by ant on Mon, 08/22/2005 - 12:05am.
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CNET did a top 10 dot-com flops list. The most astounding thing about the dot-com boom was the obscene amount of money that was spent. Zealous venture capitalists fell over themselves to invest millions in Internet start-ups; dot-coms blew millions on spectacular marketing campaigns; new college graduates became instant millionaires (albeit on paper) and rushed out to spend it; and companies with unproven business models executed massive initial public offerings (IPOs) with sky-high stock prices. Of course, we all know what eventually happened to this world. Few of these companies actually made enough money to recoup that cash, and when their investors fled to the hills, these start-ups died dramatic deaths. These are the celebrity victims of the new-economy bust.
Submitted by ant on Sun, 08/21/2005 - 11:47pm.
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Yahoo! News reports Laura Blackwell's PC World article on the LCD pixel response times, that is supposed to make scrolling, video, and games move more smoothly, that vendors quote aren't particularly useful for comparison shoppers. The lack of standard specifications for measuring pixel response time means that vendors can choose from different ways of reporting--or not reporting--response time. "For the consumer who's trying to make sense of this, it's really a case of buyer beware," says Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research at the electronics-industry research firm iSuppli.
Submitted by ant on Sun, 08/21/2005 - 11:30pm.
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The New Yorks Times (no registration required) says a new technology being used by produce distributors employs lasers to tattoo fruits and vegetables with their names, identifying numbers, countries of origin and other information that helps speed distribution. The marks are burned onto the outer layer of the skin and are visible to discerning consumers and befuddled cashiers alike. The process, government approved and called safe by the industry, may sound sinister. But it was designed with the consumer in mind: laser coding could mean the end of those tiny stubborn stickers that have to be picked, scraped or yanked off produce.