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Published on: Author: Mike Hall Leave a comment
I paid a visit to TigerDirect recently and was immediately jumped on by one of the new commission-only sales staff. When asked, I told him that I was in for a CPU fan, and he followed me down to the appropriate area. The fan was for an aging Dell desktop and is a 92mm, three pin type. There were some in stock and he took one down for me.

Having being told by the employee that it was a case fan and not suitable for use as a CPU fan,  I then proceeded to open the packaging to check for the existence of a three pin connector, and he advised me that all CPU fans have four pin connectors. After an impromptu lesson on the history of fan connectors, I made my way to the checkout and handed over his card such that he could get commission on the sale.

Apparently, I am too old and not mobile enough to get a job with TigerDirect or any of the major computer vendors around. You see, they don’t want knowledge, they want sales, at any price. Well, good luck to them. I still use the store because it is the nearest and is the quickest route to getting parts. TigerDirect should note that I would use any store which had what I wanted if it was closer to me than TigerDirect.

Note that TigerDirect is just one of many annoying stores where sales staff with half of the knowledge they should have are patrolling like Rottweilers in a bid to secure commission.

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Evernote was hit by a DOS attack in the last few days, details here..

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9249013/Evernote_hit_by_denial_of_service_attack?source=rss_latest_content&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+computerworld%2Fnews%2Ffeed+%28Latest+from+Computerworld%29.

Nobody can convince me that the route we are being coerced into taking is a good idea. The cloud and remote services seem like a good idea, but I dispute all claims to that end.

I intend to stay local, and I think that others should do the same or go down with the ship.

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My post of yesterday about “It’s not just glass” highlights a problem of the ‘mobile’ world. If dropped, they break. It’s worse than that though. The manufacturers see it as a huge cash cow and are milking it for all it is worth. New models and versions are coming off the production lines like sausages, and they are changing the way that many have used computers.


What worries me is that a lot of these products have the lifecycle of a sausage, and its forcing cutbacks in the more traditional areas. What will we all do when the ‘mobile’ chasers finally wake up to the morning where mobile has had its day, isn’t working and there is no alternative left on sale anywhere?


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It’s not just me getting old. Technology is all good but when it is driven purely by a desire to cash in while the going is good, it takes on the guise of a stalker in a nightmare. The trouble with electronic device use is that the user appears to go into a world of his/her own.


Gaming machines are a prime example where users spend hours per day doing what is basically a repetitive task. Cellphone users are even worse, many feeling that they can use them while on the move. They often ignore safety, their kids and anything else around them. These devices go well beyond their design and become lifelines, not just an hour or two of fun or a communication device.


Look around you. How many people do you see on the street gripping a cellphone. Have you noticed that they have to do everything one-handed because the other hand has to grip a cellphone. No, it is not the fault of the cellphone, but it is the fault of the manufacturers and the marketing they use to get these things into hands. It’s affecting society adversely, small kids particularly who have to wait until mommy gets off the phone or daddy gets of the XBox.


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