Monthly Archives: June 2008
Jun 26 2008
Ralph’s grocery stores double coupon policy
Ralph’s will stop doubling coupons over 50 cents. In exchange they claim to be lower prices on many more items. There’s a new rewards program now too. The old rewards cards work too.

Shoppers plan to boycott Ralph’s.

New lower prices every day. Ralph’s rewards.

What is Ralph’s doing is confusing….. you need to update your cards. You can use both? Rewards and points.

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Jun 25 2008
Tmobile customer service continued

So I placed another call to t-mobile today and the rep was very courteous and listened to me and was sympathetic. Obviously the reps who work for t-mobile never have phone problems….

So anyway, still no sign of the @home hotspot router. Pretty amazing considering that this is the second one they are sending out to me.

I called to forward my number to Sprint, because, Sprint actually works in the areas where tmobile does not.

The rep walked me through the steps with the **21*9999999# where 9999999 is the number you want to forward all your calls to.

I forgot to ask about how my phonebook is always syncing with some service someplace and where I could retrieve those names and numbers to make sure I have them in my new Sprint phone.

If enough people start to cancel their t-mobile service maybe t-mobile will start to pay attention???

Jun 25 2008
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Jun 25 2008
Architect Looks to Construct First Moving Tower in Dubai
Architect Looks to Construct First Moving Tower in Dubai
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
NEW YORK — Is it real or science fiction?

An Italian architect said he is poised to start construction on a new skyscraper in Dubai that will be “the world’s first building in motion, ” an 80-story tower with revolving floors that give it an ever-shifting shape.

The spinning floors, hung like rings around an immobile cement core, would offer residents a constantly changing view of the Persian Gulf and the city’s futuristic skyline.

A few penthouse villas would spin on command using a voice-activated computer. The motion of the rest of the building would be choreographed in patterns that could be altered over time.

Speaking at a news conference in New York on Tuesday, the building’s designer, David Fisher, declared that his tower will revolutionize the way skyscrapers are made — a claim that might strike some as excessively bold.

Fisher acknowledges that he is not well known, has never built a skyscraper before and hasn’t practiced architecture regularly in decades. But he insisted his lack of experience wouldn’t stop him from completing the project, which has attracted top design talent, including Leslie E. Robertson, the structural engineer for the World Trade Center and the Shanghai World Financial Center.

“I did not design skyscrapers, but I feel ready to do so,” Fisher said.
Twisting floors are just one of several futuristic features in the building, the first of several Fisher hopes to build with a similar design.

Giant wind turbines installed between every floor, he said, will generate enough electricity to power the entire building, and lifts will allow penthouse residents to park their cars right in their apartments.

A second version of the tower, to be built in Moscow, would have a retractable helicopter pad. Both structures, at over 1,300 feet, would be taller than the Empire State Building.
Even the method of construction would be unorthodox.

Fisher said each floor will be prefabricated in an Italian factory, then shipped to the site to be attached to the core. Assembling a building in this fashion, he said, will require only 80 technicians and take only 20 months, saving tens of millions of dollars, for a total cost of $700 million to build.

On its face, the project seems to pose a number of complicated engineering puzzles.

How would the plumbing hookups work in an apartment that is constantly moving? Fisher said the pipes will connect to the core via attachments similar to the ones used by military aircraft for in-flight refueling.

Wouldn’t people get dizzy? No, says Fisher. The rotations will be slow enough that no one will notice.

With so many moving parts, wouldn’t the building be a maintenance nightmare? Fisher said the building’s modular construction will allow easy access to parts that need to be replaced.

Robertson, who attended Tuesday’s news conference, said that the skyscraper might be unusual, but is “absolutely” buildable.

“You can build anything,” he said, smiling.

Fisher declined to say exactly where in Dubai the tower will be built or when site work might begin. He insisted, however, that factory production is set to start within weeks and that the tower, which will contain office space, a luxury hotel and apartments, will be complete by 2010.

Sales of individual apartments will begin in September, with asking prices of around $3,000 per square foot. The smallest, at 1,330 square feet, would cost about $4 million and the largest, a 12,900-square-foot villa, $38.7 million.

Skeptics might question Fisher’s credentials to pull off the job.

In a biography he had been distributing for months, he said he graduated from the University of Florence in 1976, came to New York in the mid-1980s and later developed hotels and ran a company that specialized in stone and prefabricated construction materials.

The biography also said he received an honorary doctorate from “The Prodeo Institute at Columbia University in New York.” No such institution exists, however, and Columbia said it had never awarded Fisher an honorary degree.

Asked to explain the discrepancy, Fisher said, through his New York publicists, that he had been awarded the degree by the Catholic University of Rome during a ceremony in 1994 held at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, which is near Columbia’s campus.

Asked again to clarify the name of the school that conferred the degree, Fisher’s publicists said in an e-mail that “Dr. Fisher did receive an honorary doctorate in Economics from Pre Deo University, but it has been removed from his bio because he wants to be entirely accurate and cannot be with this information.”

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Jun 25 2008
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Jun 25 2008
Jimmy Barber in boating accident
Just saw a news story about a young boy who was swimming in a lake and was hit by a boat. He had to have hundreds of stiches and there was damage to his pelvic bone and more.

He was held afloat by his lifevest.

The boat that hit him has not come forward.

Jimmy Barber pleads for the driver/boat to come forward.

Jun 25 2008
t-mobile service issues continued
Today I had the pleasure of speaking with t-mobile again.

I was once again having trouble with their service. One of the options on voice mail is to dial the party that left you the message, which push 8. So I push 8 and it starts to ring, and the voice mail keeps playing. I tried this twice and it did the same thing.

In the past when I would press 8 it would dial and connect me to the number, either someone would pick up or I would get the other person’s voice mail. Well this wasn’t the case with t-mobile.

So I called customer service. Today they must have had the new reps on the phones, I asked the rep if they knew how the voice mail system worked. The rep was pretty clueless, so I asked for a supervisor, who after 10 minutes picked up. So now I am on the call for 20+ minutes and pretty aggrevated. The rep then asked me to call from a different phone to troubleshoot the phone. I told them that the problem was most likely with their voice mail service as this had worked in the past when I would try it. Why would there by something with my phone affecting the voice mail, anyway. So I left it at that and hung up.

Asking a mobile customer to call from another phone is pretty inconsiderate. Why now give the customer some thing to try and call back if you still have trouble. I asked the supervisor if they would transfer me and no. They are not allowed to transfer if the customer is calling from their mobile phone. That’s just not right.

T-mobile your service is getting worse, your customer service is horrible. I am just going to fwd my phone to Sprint. You guys really need to get your act together. You have lost a customer of 5 years to your inability to fix your network and bring it up to par.

Mobile phone service should be reliable. My cousin who switched to Verizon is very happy and he was with t-mobile. Can’t believe he put up with it so long.

t-mobile…. can you year me now?

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Jun 24 2008
X1 Technologies Receives US Patent for Search Efficiency


X1 Technologies Receives US Patent for Search Efficiency

PASADENA, CA – X1 Technologies Inc., the
innovator in enterprise search solutions, announced in a Tuesday press
release that the US Patent and Trademark Office has granted a patent
for X1 Technologies that provides for quick and efficient search.
Patent, No. 7,370,035, entitled Methods and Systems for Search Indexing.

The Patent covers an advanced technique for dynamically producing search results as characters are entered into a search field.

For example, as a user begins to type keywords into a search field,
the search results are generated and refined as each new character is
entered into the search field. With search performed incrementally, the
“fast-as-you-type” search results are narrowed immediately after each
character in a search string is entered. This gives the user
substantially more feedback as the search string is entered, allowing
them to decide whether to enter additional search criteria or not.

“Search has become as pervasive as the internet due to the sheer
amount of information we deal with on a daily basis,” said Bill Gross,
founder and CEO Idealab. “Having been personally involved in the
creation of the technology behind this patent, it brings both personal
and professional pride that X1 has achieved this important milestone in
changing how enterprise search is done.”

The X1 Enterprise Search Suite is a combination of products that
allow knowledge workers to search, preview and act upon data anywhere
in the enterprise from a single, elegant interface. With the X1
Enterprise Search Suite, businesses of all sizes can search virtually
everything that exists on the PC and server along with over 400 file
types and applications, including email solutions such as Microsoft
Exchange and Outlook, Microsoft SharePoint, Symantec Enterprise Vault
and Lotus Notes/Domino.

“The issuance of this patent is a one of the keystones to X1’s
impact on the enterprise search market,” said John Waller, president
and COO of X1 Technologies. “Our goal isn’t just to make search faster,
but to innovate how search is done, which is why this and several
pending patents are key to X1’s momentum.”

Jun 24 2008
Yahoo and Microsoft Talks back on
Reports are coming in that Microsoft and Yahoo are talking again.

TechCrunch blogs about MSFT/YHOO talks being back on
and Yahoo’s stock is up on that news.

Supposedly in the south of $33 price


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