I've been reading a little bit about new ways for Amazon to get their products into the hands of the consumers faster, including building more warehouses in highly populated areas, or putting lockers in certain stores. But I never thought I'd see the day when Amazon tests drones to deliver their goods to you, like in this video below.
Now the technology still has to jump over some legislative hurdles, but it could reduce the amount of time that it takes to get a product to your home to under 30 minutes, according to The Daily Dot.
So what do you think? Is this bordering on crazy, or would you be the first to get your Amazon package delivered by drone? Let me know in the comments section below, or post your response on my Facebook page, or tweet @WebGuyTom!
Woodrow Wilson was president the last time US celebrated Chanukah during Thanksgiving. Now 95 years later, we are celebrating the Festival of Lights during the same we give thanks. The next time Chanukah and Thanksgiving will be celebrated at the same time will be 2070!
To mark this occassion, I am sharing "Oils," a parody of the Lorde hit "Royals." The song includes gems such as:
And now the menus like stuffing, cranberry, turkey leg or brisket,
Manischewitz, pumpkin pie, holidays are mixing.
We don't care, we'll throw our dreidels in the air.
In honor of Chanukah, Chabad of Northern Colorado is holding 4 public menorah lighting ceremonies in Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley, complete with Chanukah music, latkes, donuts, dreidels & more.
Black Bottle Brewery, the winner of the Radio 94.9 Colorado's Finest Beer contest, is missing a family member, and is asking for the help of the Colorado community to help find it.
This is a time for family, and Carlos is a stuffed squirrel that calls the Fort Collins microbrewery his home is missing. The mascot has 2 of his little middle "fingers" pointing upwards as if he were "flipping the bird." Two other stuffed squirrels that inhabit the brewery were left untouched, but according to "Free-Carlos.com," they are "heartbroken and lost without their leader."
The brewery is asking for the safe return of the beloved family member. A $200 reward is being offered for Carlos' safe return. Anyone with any information about Carlos' whereabouts can call 970-493-2337. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
The brewery, located at 1611 South College Ave. in Fort Collins, opened in December 2012. Their beers are distributed at many locations around Northern Colorado. The brewery won the first Colorado's Finest Beer contest, chosen by listeners of Radio 94.9 for their beer "Recession Proof."
PHOTO CREDIT: Free-Carlos.com/Black Bottle Brewery
When an online retailer failed to ship an order for a Utah couple, they did what most any other consumer would do - warn other consumers about the company’s business practices. What they thought was the end of the matter ended up haunting them years later - affecting the couple’s credit score.
Jen Palmer and her husband ordered some Christmas gifts from KlearGear.com in 2008. After not receiving their products or any resolution to their customer service issues, the couple posted a review to RipOffReport.com in 2009. Three years later, a company representative e-mailed the Palmers, demanding the removal of the review. If the review wasn’t removed in 72 hours, KlearGear.com would slap the Palmers with a $3,500 fine, which would be due in 30 days.
According to an article on The Daily Dot, the company hid a non-disparagement clause in the terms of sale. The company fined the Palmers, who did not pay the fine. The fine was sent to a collection agency - which reported the collection record to credit bureaus.
With the growth of social media as a way for consumers to share their experiences with others, some business owners are trying to come up with ways to stop or remove negative reviews. Some companies hide non-disparagement clauses in the “mouse print” of a bill of sale. Other businesses require clients to sign waive their copyright to future reviews to the business. This allows the business to invoke a copyright claim when seeking to have poor reviews squelched.
First and foremost, when buying from a retailer you are unfamiliar with, do a quick search to see what problems other consumers face. I usually do a quick Google search of "COMPANY NAME Reviews" when I buy something. If there are a lot of problems, avoid shopping with them, no matter how good the deal is.
When buying something, make sure you read the terms and conditions of the sale completely. If something doesn’t seem right, terminate the sale.
Finally, when possible, make an effort to resolve any customer service problems before posting online. Many retailers and business owners are everyday people like you and me. So make a good faith effort to resolve the problem. When the diplomatic approach doesn’t work, then file an online review.
Dear Concert Attendee;
This last weekend, I went to see The Devil Wears Prada (the band, not the movie) in Denver, and I was a little annoyed, to say the least. I've noticed something that really bugged me the other night, and I want to sort of vent a little bit.
I love technology as much as the next guy. But seriously, there comes a point where we need to put away our phones and enjoy the world, the sights, the sounds, and people around us.
I was at the concert venue the other night, and while watching the crowds mosh from the balcony at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, I saw some kids at the corner of my eye playing Candy Crush on their iPhones while one of the opening acts was performing.
You probably weren't interested in the opening acts. I never heard of a couple of them before that night. But can we at least give them a chance? So what if the band can't see what you are doing. Is Candy Crush that addictive that you shut out the world around you to play a video game? Does the game have so much control on your life that you play it instead of watching a band share their talent with you for half an hour?
The other beef I had was with the amateur videographers. You know who I'm talking about - the ones who are taking a grainy video of a performance that will probably sit on the phone, taking up space until the next concert, where it will promptly be deleted. No only are they blocking the view of people behind them with the video app, many of these people suffer from VVS.
I've heard reasons for recording a song range from "my friend couldn't make it, so I'm recording his favorite song." That's great, but if your friend couldn't make it, why sacrifice your enjoyment of the show so your friend who couldn't come can enjoy a muffled, poorly shot video of the show?
I'm sure there are other reasons, but I just want to say that when you go to a concert, enjoy the music. Burn the memories of the night - the sounds, the sights, the smells, the tastes into your mind - and remember how awesome it was to see your favorite band play with your own two eyes instead of behind a cell phone screen. And let those who spent some of their hard-earned money enjoy the concert without their view being obstructed by your cell phone screen.
Go ahead, take a photo or two. Shoot a quick video to share on Instagram. But you are there to enjoy a show live. Live music is best when experienced live.
Web Guy Tom
PS - Don't be that guy that wears the shirt of the band you are going to go see. You can say "I need to show my support for them by wearing the band's t-shirt to the show!" You're going to the show. That means you are showing your support for the band.
PHOTO CREDIT: Cheezburger Network