Thursday, April 18, 2019
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Tennessee Senate Unanimously Passes Actual Anti-SLAPP Bill
Under this bill, if a legal action is filed in response to a party's exercise of the right of free speech, right to petition, or right of association, that party may petition the court to dismiss the legal action. All discovery in the legal action will be stayed upon the filing of a petition pursuant to this bill and the stay of discovery will remain in effect until the entry of an order ruling on the petition. The court may allow specified and limited discovery relevant to the petition upon a showing of good cause.The petitioning party will have the burden of making a prima facie case that a legal action against the petitioning party is based on, relates to, or is in response to that party's exercise of the right to free speech, right to petition, or right of association. If the petitioning party meets this burden, the court will dismiss the legal action unless the responding party establishes a prima facie case for each essential element of the claim in the legal action.
Saturday, April 06, 2019
Here is one of many insane stories of IT nightmares I've dealt with over the years.
The first installment is written here:
You Better Do What The Boss Says
I'm titling today's tale:
Today's tale follows my time served as an area Apple Computer Rep. I represented a rather large 150 mile radius from Charlotte NC to Greenville SC to Atlanta GA to Knoxville TN and everywhere in-between. 3-5 days a week, I would visit Sears, Circuit City, Best Buy, CompUSA or the like and arrange displays of iMacs, iBooks, Powerbooks, G4 Cubes - and stock their corresponding brochures. I would train employees at said retail stores about Apple products and give points of interest for sales.
Right about the time the first slot loading iMacs came out, I was tasked to train employees at a Charlotte, North Carolina Circuit City. A little refresh on the format of these (former) stores. Circuit City retail stores were essentially high-pressure, commission-based car lots except instead of cars that people needed or wanted - it was electronics that people maybe wanted and possibly needed. For years, they had sold Apple products, on again, off again. With the return of Steve Jobs and the success of the iMac, Circuit City had decided to sell Apple computer products again, beginning with the third generation of iMacs - known as the slot loading iMac. They had begun to sell iMacs in the second generation at some stores but didn't have an official North American rollout until the third generation.
I drove to Charlotte early on a Friday morning from my hometown - roughly 120 miles away. I had two other stops in Charlotte to make and I had alotted two hours to this store to stock brochures, hang banners, and train employees for the new Blue Dalmation and Flower Power iMacs. Their special feature was either a slot loading DVD drive or a slot loading CDRW burner. I had spent the previous week learning all about the new models and prepared a few jokes for the eclectic introduction.
Why did the dalmatian go to the eye doctor?
Because he was seeing spots.
Why are A's like flowers?
Because bees come after them
With my ice breakers prepared, I took a deep breath, walked across the parking lot and into the store. This store had a foyer with showcased products on each side before you got to the main sales floor. A smile came across my face as I saw the left side - a Flower Power iMac!
Then, the screen started flickering and popping ...
(Noises) ... pop ... pop ... pop ... crackle ... sizzle.I could see little sparks through the semi-transparent shell of the iMac - looking like a dying Las Vegas strip sign.
I got up close and saw a beehive - an actual beehive - inside the iMac!
I rushed to the front desk and said, "Where's the manager?"
The sales floor rep said, "Can I help you?"
I stated in a panicky voice, "I need to speak to the manager as soon as possible, I'm the Apple Rep and I have an emergency."
The store manager came out, "Can I help you?"
In my still panicky voice, "I know this is hard to believe, but you have an active beehive in the iMac in the showcase at the front of the store."
The store manager, said, "Oh, I know, that just happened. It was cool because it its a Flower Power iMac. It's awesome."
Infuriated, I said, "DUDE! That's a fire hazard! If I were to report this, you could be fired!"
Store Manager: "Hang on, hang on Apple guy. Chill out. I'll get it taken care of immediately."
Calming myself down as I spoke, "Ok, I'll wait until you do."
Each night after a day of rep work I was supposed to go onto a website and type up a report. Boy, was this report buzzed with details.
Later that summer, I was privy to a private Apple partner meeting before MacWorld Expo. Steve Jobs came in to greet everyone and said a few words before the crowd.
(paraphrased from a significantly expletive laden rant)Steve Jobs:
"At Sears, we've got power drills laying next to iMacs! And get this. Get this! We had a report of a beehive in an iMac! A live, active, swirling, buzzing beehive! This is what's wrong with Apple sales."For the record, I had also reported power drills laying next to a junked and broken iMac at a SEARS in Knoxville, Tennessee on a bottom shelf, with "DO NOT INVENTORY!" - written on strip of masking tape across the screen.
Maybe this story helps you realize the significance and genesis of the Apple Store and why it was such a passion and promise of Steve Jobs.
Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Teen who defied anti-vax mom says she got false information from one source: Facebook
This is a false premise. Fake news DOES NOT influence people. It helps them preach to a choir or reinforce beliefs. If she was or is “antivax” - she already had proclivity to do so.
Besides, the math doesn’t add up. If this kid saying this is 18 and Facebook has only been around since 2006, with the majority of users coming aboard from 2008-2010, her mother certainly didn’t get this opinion from Facebook or social media.
While I do believe you can be misled with a compelling argument, it’s rare that anyone who agrees with a premise has changed their mind on a topic BECAUSE of someone else’s assertion.
Stop promoting the false narrative that fake news changes opinion.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Unlike other light replacements on your car, LED low beam headlights use more energy due to cooling fans - which are prone to failure. Failure of a cooling fan in an LED headlight can cause overheating - resulting in severe damage to your car.
LEDs are blinding to other drivers. The light produced by LED headlights may help you see better down the road but in most implementations - blind oncoming traffic and pedestrians.
LEDs have a strobing effect on camera, in photos, & while wearing some high end polarized sunglasses / eyeglasses.
Upgrading your turn signal, brake, and other lighting in your car is a good decision as the smaller lights use less energy and don’t require cooling. In the case of “system support & safety lighting” - the brighter light LEDs put out is better.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Why did the SCION brand fail? Or How bout a more intelligent question ... Why did the SCION iQ fail?
I think there are two main reasons the SCION brand failed:
1) Toyota spent way too much marketing the SCION brand to a demographic that doesn’t have money 18-30. The largest segment of this demographic buys either a used "point A to point B car" or has a hand me down from family. The wealthier segment of this demographic typically doesn't go for "off brands" which is what the SCION brand was considered. A lot of people I've spoken to didn't even know Toyota made SCIONs or considered it the opposite of Lexus - as a budget brand.
2) SCION was a pricey brand (not really budget priced like intended) with a "no haggle" pricing model called "Pure Price". GM's Saturn brand failed at the concept of “no haggle pricing". It was surprising to see Toyota analyze the Saturn data and continue to think that it might work for them.
In the US, even if there really isn't much price reduction at all from an artificial "base price" - Americans are typically bargain seekers. No haggle pricing as a model doesn't work. I suppose the irony of my saying this is that I bought my used Scion iQ from a large USED dealer that has "no haggle pricing". I do have to admit, it pained me every second I was in the dealership signing papers.
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As for the iQ specifically?
The typical answer is that it was “a shift towards SUVs & Crossovers” but I personally don't think that played a factor at all.
|Actual SCION iQ advertisement.|
Marketing worldwide for the iQ was mostly fluffy ~ without substance. Elaborate budgets on advertising hurt the iQ’s margins as much as the lack of substance.
Filming of a very elaborate Toyota iQ advertisement that never aired in Japan:
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