January 28, 2008

Johnny can't add, part 7

I was in McDonalds today and noticed that at every level, buying McNuggets off the "dollar menu" is cheaper than just ordering 6/10/20 off the regular menu. Not only is it cheaper to do so, you get more!

The dollar menu gives you 4 nuggets for $1. A six-piece costs approx $2.25, the ten-piece costs $3.35 and the 20-piece costs $5.50. Doing the same off the dollar menu gives you eight for $2, twelve for $3, or 20 for $5.

I guess McDonalds just assumed nobody would notice. Math is hard, let's go shopping.

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January 22, 2008

Like A Virgin

The trip home on Virgin America was about as disappointing as the trip out, technology-wise. The majority of the paltry TV channels didn't work at all (error reaching satellite) or they played the endless "this is how you use your remote control" loop, regardless of the channel. Finally, they stretch all the content to widescreen! Ugh! The one really-really nice touch is that the controller in the armrest is inset which means you can't (even with my boney elbows) change the channel/volume while you're leaning on it, something I've done several times on JetBlue.

MacWorld was pretty awesome. The Air is something you have to touch to believe. I am such a drooling Apple fanboi, I freely and honestly admit that up front. I feel foolish even thinking what I'm going to say next, but here goes: I felt like I was handling alien technology. I felt like I was standing in Roswell, New Mexico touching the alien spacecraft. I may have to get one, reduced specs be damned. Working the Google booth was also a lot of fun. People are really excited about the stuff we're doing for the Mac and many stopped by just to say so. I'd recommend the experience for all developers, but I was exhausted by the end of the day.

I'm sad at the teams in the Super Bowl. I may just record it for the commercials and watch it afterwards. I'd love to see Eli Manning and the Giants take down the Pats, but you know it's just not going to happen. It's not. You're deluding yourself if you think otherwise. And since we already know the outcome, why bother? Maybe I'll go to the mall that day. It should be pretty empty.

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January 14, 2008

Jo Knows (my) TV

Been having much fun with the Slingbox that I got for the holidays. It's a neat little device, but I think Jo is enjoying it much more than I am. She likes to connect to it at random and pause whatever I'm watching. She also likes to record girly TV shows for her own enjoyment later (not that there's anything wrong with that). There's just something fascinating about being able to control a TV (and time-shift its contents) from 3k miles away. The 10s lag across the country, though, is a bit annoying when you're trying to watch a show together. Also makes it hard to fastforward the TiVo since the box itself is already 10s into the future. Max Headroom anyone?

I flew Virgin America this weekend for the first time and I was impressed. The interior looks like a sleek, sexy version of the Peppermill bar (if you never went, you missed out). Subtle purple lighting and all. The touch-screen computer at your seat is also a nice touch, allowing you do this things like watch TV, watch videos/tv shows on demand, and even order drinks and snacks anytime during the flight.

Despite being a well thought-out application, the UI suffered from some pretty serious flaws. For starters, the media bar that pops up when you touch the screen goes away after 10s no matter what -- even if you're using it. As you're pressing the up/down buttons to change channels, it'll just hide itself anyway. WTF?! It also only has about 20 channels, no networks (on NFL playoff weekend!!!) and few of those 20 would I actually watch. To add insult to injury, halfway through the flight, half of the paltry channels went away because of some satellite error. Oy. At least they had re-runs of The Office and 30 Rock on VOD.

I have two words for you: Parking Wars. That's right, it's Cops meets parking attendants. You know you can't help but watch. 'Nuff said.

I'll be at MacWorld tomorrow pretty much all day at the Google booth. I'll be doing demos around lunchtime and around to answer questions with the rest of my Mac compadres at about 4:30. Could be fun.

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