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Why do you shop online?

A news tidbit offered up some interesting numbers about Canadian shoppers.
Online shopping up to $15 billion (almost $13 billion in 2007)
The number of orders are up since 2007. (95 million from 70 million)
Men more likely to buy something online than women (42% compared to 37%).
Most common product being travel services.

So why do you shop online?
I do it mostly out of convenience. When I’m at work and I want to buy something I can do it by a click of a button. Biggest complaints about in store shopping: store stock, lineups, the people, and parking. Nothing is worse than driving to the mall to buy something on sale only to see that “out of stock” sign. Then I feel obligated to buy something to ensure that the whole trip was not a waste. Who likes coming home empty handed?

Lineups suck, plain and simple. Nobody likes to be stuck behind the chatty senior, or the lady shopping for a family of 12 and two shopping carts, or in the so called “express lane” where the cashier is waiting for a price check on an item. Lines suck.

People suck too. I’m talking about the rude, smelly, fat, talking loudly on your cell phone losers who you’re grouped together with all looking for that item on sale. Doesn’t it suck too when they get the last one just ahead of you? GGrrrrr.

OMG, over there, the holy grail of parking! Oh wait, that’s a handicapped zone. *sigh, keep circling. End up following someone to their car, only to have them take 10 minutes to buckle their seatbelt, and fix their hair, before even starting the car. Then you park, rush in to buy your item, find out it’s out of stock, get back to your car to see your car door dented because of the idiot who parked next to you. Who designs these parking spots to be so small in the first place?!

Free shipping almost always seals the deal for me. If you can offer me delivery to my door at no extra cost I am more likely to buy stuff from your website, even if it’s not on sale.

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Dell throws more money at 3PAR and wins

Update: What’s going on here? It’s a deal, it’s not a deal? HP has countered with a $2.4 billion offer. Oh snap! Techcrunch

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Looks like this bidding war went in favor of Dell. You win this time Dell (shakes fist). Dell was forced to up it’s original offer of $18 to $24.30 ($0.30/share more than HP’s). 3PAR gave Dell 3 days to come to the table with a better offer and they did not disappoint. Both Dell and HP are battling for the computer industry and expanding the range of their offerings.

So what’s so great about 3PAR? They are a data storage solutions provider. Big customers include Ask.com, MySpace.com, Priceline.com, and some government agencies. Scale-able cloud storage flexible enough for many corporations. Clearly Dell thinks it can make a cash cow out of this data storage company (who lost $3.2 million last year). In any event it looks like Dell just added 670 people to it’s workforce.

Data Center Usage

Probably one of the largest expenditures companies are making these days involve data storage in one way or another. Storing corporate data, user, and customer information securely is becoming a priority at the company board meeting. A couple of problems arise: keeping costs low, and developing a scalable solution.

Given the recent economic troubles Dell decided not to spend more money on servers and simply make better use of what they had. While 65% of their customers had outgrown their storage capacities there certainly was a need for off site solutions. Going to a virtualization model Dell saw it’s 12% server usage go to 42%. Increasing the workload without having to spend another dime. Making use of the resources at hand.

Proposed efficiency requirements have raised the ire of technology companies in this predicament. Placing an outdated standard on current technology would seriously hamper future innovation, not to mention force large expenditures on infrastructure. One thing is certain, the cost of storing data is going up.

Dell gets into Forensics

As cyber crime grows Dell has decided to offer up a new service for law enforcement. A new digital forensics service is aimed at helping authorities police the Internet. The package offering jointly with Intel and other partners provides the necessary tools to host a data center for a coordinated effort to deal with criminals more efficiently. Helping to provide an infrastructure solution should help counter increasing computer crime.

Dell Mini 9 => Mini Hackintosh

First off you really should have a SSD drive larger than 8GB. I’ve got the factory 8GB STEC and it took a bit of fiddling to work properly. Also get the 10.5.6 hackintosh torrent for optimal compatibility. You can use the 10.5.5 and update but if you can get the more current version do it. Also useful to have on hand an external USB DVD drive and a 8GB USB flash drive (or larger), and an imaging program to create a backup of your current setup, just in case you decide you don’t like OSX.

The installation should take 20 – 30 minutes. If you run into problems just do a Google search and find the fix. Wireless should work automatically, you might have an issue with the audio, but everything else should work once you use the DellEFI patch. Good luck!

Useful commands: -v -f

Useful websites: www.mydellmini.com Gizmodo

Netbooks: why Apple won’t make one

Asus started the ball rolling with the Eee PC. Little did they know they had a hit on their hands. Competitors started rolling out netbooks left and right. Acer, MSI, at first then more main stream brands like Dell, Toshiba, IBM, and LG. Each with similarly priced configurations all jostling for the netbook market. It didn’t take long for the brand name companies to produce a competing device so why is one name noticeably absent? Why hasn’t Apple come out with it’s own netbook?

Apple certainly has the manpower and technology but do they want to make a netbook? The price is an issue because a stripped down Mac isn’t the kind of product Apple is interested in selling. One has to wonder as well if Apple could produce a MacBook for that price point given the demands on the OS, itunes, ilife, iphoto, “isoftware” (because you can’t have a Mac without the software). However it can be done. As well an Apple netbook would compete with it’s existing MacBook Air, which already has been a disappointment.

Perhaps Apple knows that the price point will force notebook pricing down which will hurt profits. Prior to the netbook the cheapest laptop you could buy might have been $800. The surge in netbook sales have put pressure on the pricing and now a $500 laptop is commonplace ($400 on sale). $300 netbook vs $500 notebook, which would you buy?

A Mac netbook is well within the realm of possibility for Apple but not likely. We will just have to wait and see if Apple is willing to make one.

Dell Mini 9: Canadians get no Ubuntu love

I’ve been constantly refreshing the the Canadian Dell site and this morning I was pleasantly surprised that the Mini 9 is now available. Awesome! One thing odd I noticed though, no Ubuntu option. WTF?

Just for fun I decided to call up the 1-800 number. On hold for a short while I got connected to and agent over in India (surprise, surprise) I tell him, “I’m on the Canadian website, and I noticed there’s no option for Ubuntu for the Mini 9, can I order the Mini 9 with Ubuntu instead of Windows XP?” After repeating myself and speaking slowly he informed me that I had been connected to the wrong department and forwards my call to another agent.

On hold for a bit longer I get connected to another agent. I ask the same question. He puts me on hold for a while and then comes back with this, “Currently the Mini 9 is not available with Ubuntu” and when I asked him if there were any plans to offer it with Ubuntu pre-installed he said that “this is a brand new launch, no information is available regarding that configuration”. Ok no problem, thanks.

He didn’t seem to want to let me off the line. Smelling a potential sale he gave me his agent code/number to put in when/if I decided to go ahead and purchase it online. This way he would be my “personal contact” and would be available for post purchase support. Um, yeah right. How about just telling me the truth? You get a commission, duh!

So I’m a little disappointed. U.S. customers have the option but Canadian are getting no Ubuntu love. Guess I’ll wait and see if there are any changes in the upcoming days.

Canadian site

U.S. site


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