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I rarely quote an entire post – but in this case I did (first, because it is very short), and second, because I want you to read it an click through to see my comment – which is also short.

But this is what the world wide web will look like in the future – your computer will know not only what you want (a new digital camera), but what you need (service on your refrigerator).

Widgets, in one form or another will deliver this information to you.  And you’ll enjoy it 🙂

 

About a week ago, Facebook made noises about launching classifieds and now MySpace has made a deal to take on job ads. This is the next stage of the classified meltdown. Stage 1: They move from newspapers to new services, like Craigslist and Monster, online. Stage 2: They move into communities like Facebook and Myspace. Phase 3, yet to come: They are distributed, no longer in a centralized marketplace, and technology brings them together.

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Oh Happy Day!

I’m trying to figure out how to spend it now – with this, and the money I expect to get from my other domains, (Register.com. Dotster.com, etc) I might be able to get an extra breakfast taco tomorrow.

What will it be?  Bean and cheese?  No – I am splurging.  Bacon, egg and potato.  Yes!  That’s the ticket!  W00t!

 

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Class Action Law Suits – DO NOT INCLUDE ME BY DEFAULT

I don’t understand this – for the fifth time in my life, I am a member of a class action law suit.  I do not want to be.  I never even complained about the issue this law suit concerns (Online Credit Reports).  (I have never tried to be involved in ANY of these suits).

But today I get an eight page legal document “explaining” all of this to me.  If I DO NOT WANT TO PARTICIPATE, I need to fill out paperwork, and send it back to some lawyers.  If I DO want to participate, then I do nothing.

Isn’t that back-asswards?  I shouldn’t be involved in litigation I have not started – yet I am.

Someone is suing someone on my behalf, in my name, and without my consent.  That seems inherently wrong.

I don’t sue people – if they piss me off enough I just tell everyone I know not to use them.  I may blog about them.

But being automatically included in a law suit seems bizarre to me.

Please, someone, make it stop.  Don’t allow people to send me an eight page legal document that I feel compelled to read only to find out that if “I win” I’ll get – either a free credit report (which I can get once a year anyway) OR two months of free credit monitoring (but if I forget to cancel it, I start getting billed for it).

This is NOT a case of lawyer’s helping people – in this case people get virtually nothing – and the lawyers pocket what I assume is millions.

Unreal.  I want no part of it.  Especially I don’t want to be bothered with it.  I don’t want to spend my time reading documents and sending back documents stating that I have no interest in something I had no interest in before the suit was filed.

How is this practice even legal?  How can I be signed up for a lawsuit “unless you opt out”?

This part of the law needs to be drastically changed.

Nobody should be able to sue anyone in my name unless I am dead, or no longer have sufficient brain function.

So now I waste my time getting OUT of this lawsuit – one I never wanted to be “in” in the first place!

Even if I “win” this case, I gain nothing.  But I bet the lawyers gain a lot – win OR lose.

*sigh*

TiVo – you amaze me

Today an ex-employee stopped by my house.  He said he was moving, and found something in his garage that wasn’t his.

What he carried in from his trunk was two very, very, very dirty TiVo boxes.  They had been in his garage for almost three years.

These were development boxes that TiVo sent us while we were helping them develop WiFi USB drivers.  Before I moved back from Florida, I sent the boxes back to San Antonio, and asked they be shipped back to TiVo.

Somehow, in the confusion of closing a remote office, this fell through the cracks.   The employee that returned them to me found them by the dumpster the last day the office was open.

The kids wanted to play Halo2 Online tonight – on the big-screen in the Living Room.  Since I was “just doing work” anyway, I told then I could work from my bedroom.  So they are out there watching my new bigscreen, and I am in my bedroom, watching a lessor bigscreen.

And I remembered the TiVo’s.  I took them into the garage, and used my air compressor to blast three years worth of dirt off them, and out of them.

I brought them into my bedroom, and hooked the first one up.  I hooked my Time Warner Digital Phone to it.  (The reason I haven’t had a TiVo in two years is because the last one I bought wouldn’t work with my digital phone (and the phone config had to be done before I could set up the wireless) – so I returned it.

The TiVo booted up, smiled it’s TiVo smile at me, and did it’s normal setup.  It asked me who I was, set the channels up, downloaded new firmware (since what was on their was old as could be – I am surprised they could update it even), downloaded the channel guide – and it works.  The subscription is obviously still alive – probably an internal “never die” subscription.

So, if I have what appears to be “free TiVo” for life, why am I blogging about it?  Won’t that cause them to kill the account (I did sign on with all of my real data)?

Well, first, it wouldn’t be right.  It would be stealing.

Second, I don’t want a 3-4 year old TiVo – I want an HDTV TiVo.  And now that I know it works here, I’ll get one.  And I hope to finish what I started about three years ago, when I tried to send these units back to TiVo.  I want to give them back.  There is no way I could throw them away – they are not mine.  I couldn’t sell them, they are not mine.

So someone from TiVo will read this, and tell me how to return them.  The only person that I remember from TiVo right now (it has been a long while!) is Karl Glynn.  So if you work at TiVo, and know Karl, or know who replaced him, please give them this link.  Contact info is on the Consulting page above.

But the real point of this post is not just that the hardware worked – but that the software update worked flawlessly with a machine that has been “off the grid” for three years – THAT is impressive.

Some time ago I listed TiVo as a company I would work for.  This is an example of why.

HDNet – Press Release

Scoble has been talking about the great concerts over on HDNET – the Mark Cuban sponsored High Definition channel. 

I love HDNET as well.  Right now I am watching something I recorded from a few days ago – John Mellencamp performing for a small audience at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

It’s very moving to watch Mellencamp visit with the Soldiers, signing a guitar, and then playing for a very intimate group of American Heroes.

Mellencamp’s songs certainly seem fitting for this crowd – full of lyrics about American Pride, growing up in small towns, living normal lives – it’s a very fitting way to show the respect and admiration we all owe these troops.

It is also obvious that Mellencamp is moved by the people he meets – and that he is proud to be able to perform for them.

I don’t know if HDNET will allow this to be broadcast to a larger audience, but I hope they do.  It’s worth watching.

DALLAS, TX and LOS ANGELES, CA – By special arrangement with Walter Reed Army Medical Center, John Mellencamp will be offering patients at the facility a full concert performance on the evening of Friday, April 27th. HDNet will air the concert live beginning at 8:00pm ET. The performance will take place in Building #41, the historical Old Red Cross Building, situated on the grounds of the fabled Medical Center, which this year is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its ground- breaking. This is the same building in which generations of performers, dating back to the era of Bob Hope, Martha Raye and Jimmy Durante, lent their talents to entertain Walter Reed’s patients and staff. Mellencamp had originally considered staging a large benefit show and funneling proceeds to the hospital. “Then it dawned on me what I really wanted to do is lighten the load of the soldiers and workers in the hospital, so why not just play for them?” he said. “When we heard about John’s plans to perform for the soldiers, we knew we wanted to get behind it,” said Mark Cuban, chairman of HDNet and founder of the Fallen Patriot Fund (www.fallenpatriotfund.org). “We want HDNet viewers to be part of this exciting live concert and to be able to share in John’s salute to the troops for their efforts on behalf of this country.

Source: HDNet – Press Release