Little-known fact: some coffee shops can be havens of passive-aggressive behavior. Reader Paul discovered what might be the most passive-aggressive coffee shop we’ve ever seen, and he’d like to share its dysfunction with the world.
We’re putting together a “top 10″ list of disturbing side effects mentioned in drug ads and we wanted to make sure we didn’t miss any.
“…our exclusively obtained document contains several brand-new Best Buy personas, including “Maria Middle America” and “Empty Nesters” Helen and Charlie.”
I bought a new 46″ Sony Bravia TV in January of this year from Circuit City in the Sugarhouse area of Salt Lake City (Store#3350 801-463-4600). Being a pretty technical guy, I tweaked the brightness, contrast, color temperature and other settings to my content. The picture looks great, but I was told from friends that it’s good to have the TV calibrated from a professional as they have access to a service panel that your normal everyday consumer can’t get to. They’re supposed to tweak the settings according to ambient light in the room, and an end result is they also reduce power consumption making the TV last longer.
A contributing factor to why cellphone service is so universally maligned: 23% of cellphone calls in the US and Western Europe fall below industry minimum standards for call quality, according to a new study published by Ditech. Two of the reasons for poor quality were ambient noise and acoustic echo. While these effects are caused primarily by the device the customer is using, the customer is more likely to blame their network for the problems and terminate service for another provider. This process is known in the industry as “churn,” but consumers may know it better as “revenge.”
If you’re a data and/or gadget junkie, or you know someone who is (and they’ve already got enough Ambient Devices), infosthetics has put together a guide to 20 info-centric gift ideas—like this $29 poster that maps the “genealogy of pop/rock.”
Sure, the Kill-a-Watt power meter is great for helping you measure just how many little lightning bolts your appliances are eating every day (confession: we don’t really know how electricity works), but the new Energy Joule network monitor provides an entirely different level of feedback, so that you can throttle your consumption at times when energy is most expensive.
If you’re like us and you’re sick of listening to Joe Theismann overstate everything on Monday Night Football, this might be the tip for you. Joe seems like he’s just stepped out of the womb, doesn’t he? Every touchdown is a game winner to Joe. Anyway, here’s a feature you didn’t know you were getting when you sunk that cash into a 5.1 system.
Paul’s email on getting his Dell laptop repaired under warranty is pretty dry for awhile. A top-of-the-line XPS laptop with continuing power and heat issues, necessitating the same repair over and over… a repair which, to Dell’s credit, they have performed pleasantly and competently, once even when the laptop itself is out of warranty.
As if America weren’t globular enough already, now you can get fat off sleeping pills.
How would you like to see this on your bottle of meds?