Saturday, January 30, 2010

Karma Police: or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Regret

Dear person ahead of me at the Geek Squad desk @ the Best Buy in Westwood with the virus soaked Sony Vaio laptop,

I overheard your conversation and I was utterly disgusted with what the Geek Squad was suggesting to do to fix your critical virus issue ("have you considered buying a new laptop?").  What I wanted to yell was "For the love of god do not pay the $350+ they are asking for to 'restore the OS'"..and please ignore the additional $85 to "try" and first clear the viruses.  I'd hope that the "we'll try..but it won't work" instilled the proper level of confidence in their quality of service.   I know I should have acted sooner and stopped you before you left the store (in tears?) and offered my skills for karma's sake...but I wanted to make sure my sub-woofer got checked in before I crossed the line w/ the Geek Squad jerks.  They can be quite petty when you overstep them.  Selfish, I know...but I need the bass ready for the premiere of Lost on Tuesday.  I'm sure you can understand.  Please know I immediately regretted my feckless behavior. In an effort to right the karma ship I made an excuse to step out to the parking lot to track you down.  Sadly by that time you had jetted off in full Verbal Knit/Keyser Soze mode and I was a lost and dejected Agent Kujan. 

Please accept my deepest apologies and if you read this I'll fix you up for free.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Ipod wants to be BIG: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Useless Producuts

Overheard in the R&D room

Josh:  There's this flat screen inside with pictures on it and you read it.  And when you get down to the bottom you have to make a choice of what the character's going to do....Like if he's going to go in and fight the dragon then you have to push one of the buttons.

Paul:  Excuse me

Josh:  Paul

Paul:  I don't get it.

Josh:  Well it's a giant IPod Touch..

Susan:  See, there's a computer chip which stores the choices, so when you reach the end of the page, you decide where the story goes. That's the point.

Paul: ...but there's no SD slot, no USB ports, no camera and it doesn't support Flash

Josh: Well there's a camera connector kit that you can buy...

Paul:  So I have to carry around extra stuff to get pictures on my "IPAD"?

Josh: can get IWorks...

Paul :  but no multi-tasking!? I don't get it.

Josh:  I'll be right back (runs out of the room)



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