Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Beware Gift Card Expiry!

For anyone who has a gift card from a retail store, do yourself a favor and check for an expiry date.

By placing an expiry date on the value of the card, retailers are able to legally take this money from you before it is used.

This amounts to a free cash grab by retailers who take advantage of consumers who do not manage to spend all their money as quickly as the store would like.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

RFID nonsense

This morning I woke up to hear a "Technology Commentator" extolling the virtues of RFID tags and how it will change our lives for the better.

After an explanation on how it will change the supply chain for companies like Wallmart, the discussion then turned to how it will impact our domestic lives...automated recipe generation.

I was pretty sure that this commentator has drank the Koolaid of technology advancement without thinking about the practicality of the solution presented.

First off, as an avid cook, I tend to know what is in my fridge, secondly, I take great pride in making up recipes with whatever is in the fridge, I doubt that a placing an RFID tag on every container in my fridge will make life easier.
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