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I noticed your photo of the Automatic App which promises to reveal automobile fault codes. I am curious on what type of database they are using. Would you know ?
Sorry, no, but I’ll ask. Check back next week. I’ll post it if I find out.
Stewart…I are a fan! Wondering if you would you be interested in information regarding a new (actually revitalized) shopping app, FatWallet’s Black Friday Deal Finder. There are several that let interested holiday shoppers plan their event, but we’ve implemented actual shopping, 2-click shopping that let’s the consumer avoid retail carts, and in turn, allowing them to make holiday purchases anywhere, anytime (they could buy pre-sale items if the “to be” sale price isn’t that big of a deal).
Any way, you’ve been an inspiration over the years to get into tech/gadgets more from my perspective as a promoter of online shopping, allowing me the confidence to make predictions and recap the past pricing (http://www.fatwallet.com/blog/series-master-list-black-friday-recap-and-2013-predictions/). I’d love to send along a media kit for our app and get your opinion.
Have a great weekend,
Brent — Sorry for the delay. How do I get a hold of you?
Same old witty, wry, Stewart Wolpin! Saw you on LinkedIn but didn’t know your email address, so couldn’t connect. Hmmmm … assuming you’d want to connect with WPC alumni. Don’t you just love social media? You can run but you can’t hide!!!
So moved by your input RE: T-Mobile’s paying ETF for switching from current provider to T-Mobile. Went through exactly what you have gone through. Thought T-Mobile’s TV Commercial is exactly misleading. We got snared in having to purchase a Samsung Galaxy S5 G900T for $632.00. We were so displeased with T-Mobile’s business tactics and wanted out of T-Mobile ASAP. Almost paid $1000.00 (billed within the first month, for over $500.oo some on top of having to pay the $632.00 for the cell phone. It was certainly alright for T-Mobile to charge you whatever they charge you and you will have to pay up. When it comes to T-Mobile fulfilling their promise to pay ETF they can sit back and take their sweet time and you ended up paying for your own ETF. We were so angry at the misleading offer by T-Mobile. We switched back to Verizon.
Thanks again, just knowing that we were not alone in having to put up with T-Mobile’s business tactics.
In your article Dear T-Mobile CEO John Légere: End the Data Guessing Stupidity. You said: But T-Mobile’s not-so Simple Choice family plans make you pick a bucket of data for each individual family member in the plan, expanding the idiocy of this data usage guessing game.
Well tmobile offers a simple unlimited 4g data family plan for all the members of the family.
Ex: 2 lines $140
3 lines $180
4 lines $220
5 lines $240
Each additional line is $40.00 after the first 2 lines… Is not complicated
I wasn’t referring to unlimited plans; unlimited plans aren’t “shared data buckets” since “unlimited” isn’t a bucket and are, of course, simple because they’re unlimited. But most people don’t need to overpay for unlimited plans and so choose these limited shared bucket plans, precipitating the “how much data do I need” question. And T-Mobile’s limited data buckets aren’t so simple compared to shared data bucket plans from the other carriers.
How did your T-Mobile ETF reimbursement on the Visa Prepaid end?
How many wks to receive the card if u did?
Experience in using the card?
Thanks for a prompt response!
I got the Visa card in around a month, but they rushed it for me. I used it like I would a credit card – used it to buy an iPad Mini 2.
I read you item on the audio recording discovery. It was very well done.
I have worked in the Broadcast industry for 50 years now.
I attended Video tape courses at Ampex in redwood City and had the great fortune to meet Mr. Ponatoff in his private lab.
I always thought he was instrumental in the design and building of the rotating head wheel. Your article does not seem to mention him at all.
the Ampex buildings were full of photos showing Bing Crosby and his interest in Ampex. I don’t know if you are aware of this but Ampex tried their hand at Broadcast Transmitters. It was a dismal failure. I have personal knowledge of one Transmitter. It was located in Canada in the Province of Newfoundland and Ampex walked away from it after loosing a fortune in repairs.
Gary — The story wasn’t really about Ampex, which is why I not only didn’t mention Mr. Poniatoff, but I didn’t even mention Charlie Ginsburg, who actually led the VTR development team. But you can read more about Ampex in a longer piece I did on the race to invent the VTR that is linked in the recode story, but here it is anyway: http://stewartwolpin.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Race-To-Video-100.pdf
Re “Tape recording was introduced 70 years ago today” and the passage
“It would take almost another 10 years before Philips reduced audio tape to a cassette and ignited the home audio recording craze, and another nearly 10 years before Sony introduced the Betamax and won a Supreme Court case to allow us to legally record TV shows at home and create the home video business.”
A consortium of Sony, JVC and Matsushita developed the first videocassette, the 3/4″ U-Matic, demonstrated as a prototype in 1969 and available in 1971 for commercial broadcasters. Retaining U-Matic’s basic tape-transport mechanism, engineers scaled down the 3/4″ format to 1/2,” and the Betamax was born, introduced to the Japanese market in 1975.
Yes, that’s what I said, sans the details you offered, which weren’t essential to the story. Compact audio cassette from Philips in 1966, Sony’s Betamax in 1976 in the U.S., a year after its intro in Japan.
No there. I have a problem with time Warner cable wifi. The wifi is fast but for some strange reason every time í connect my lg3 smart phone or my 2009 macbook to my wifi both of my divices get so hot that my phone that they seem to be about to explode. Si you why is that? I used to have at&t and that never happened:/
I was very interested to read your article regarding reasons not to buy a 4K TV. I am planning what my next TV should be although I am currently happy with my 50″ LG Plasma. I would hope to purchase something between 55″ and 60″. Would you suggest what TVs I should consider.
Jim — Sorry, that’s way too wide a question. Did u want a 2K or a 4K set? Personally, unless there’s something radically wrong with your plasma, I’d hold off until prices on the 4K TVs I mentioned – the new Sonys or LG OLEDs – come down in price. You’ll be disappointed in the black levels from nearly any other set you could buy, 2K or 4K.
Hi, just wanted to say your predictions from 2013 about 2018 smartphones in that article came out pretty much true. What great predictions
Thank you for your excellent work and reporting; I’m a big fan.
I’m a nerd who likes objective, fact-based decision-making. Reviews are subjective no matter how carefully you set them up, but your thoughtfulness and thoroughness are far above and beyond, and very much appreciated; they definitely help inform my decisions.
My question, though, is what I perceive as a frequently occurring “disconnect” between your recommendations and the average review scores on Amazon. My perception is many times an item you recommend “only” scores 3 or 3.5 stars on Amazon. Of course, there’s a huge caveat for rampant cheating with Amazon reviews.
Do you happen to know why this is? It’s not hugely important, but it does sometimes cause me to hesitate on purchasing decisions.
Thank you for your excellent work and reporting. I’m a big fan.
You are likely correct; Amazon’s ratings are severely impacted by trollers who might work for a competing company, just as positive reviews are boosted by reps for the company posting exemplary reviews. The only reviews u should be paying attention to on Amazon are from verified buyers. And thanks for being a fan, and sorry for the tardy response!
I’m loving your “Rules of Neighborhood Poker” right now. I’ve got a friend who used to be a casino dealer in Central City, Colorado and I’m hoping to start a poker night with him. The book’s laid back approach is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Then, today, I found a listing on Amazon for a sequel, “MORE Rules of Neighborhood Poker!” (Holy…!!!) One problem is that it can’t be found anywhere. I figured I’d look you up and ask after it before I started calling random used bookstores ad nauseam. Did it just have a small printing? Might you have a dusty box full in the attic? I could send you a check? Maybe you know of a used store that carries it and might sell me one?
Here’s to childhood memories of my uncles and cousins playing “Midnight Baseball” and “Spit in the Ocean” late into the night while we were all on vacation in Nags Head, NC.
Thanks for the nostalgia trip.
Thanks for the fan letter! I wrote that book nearly 30 years ago, so it’s a blast from the past. We had planned on a second volume – the one you saw on Amazon – but then Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker and essentially destroyed the market for the kind of home games I described in volume 1, so it never got written. I’m afraid you’ll have to exhaust the games in Volume 1 or make up your own! So glad you enjoyed the book, though. Always nice to hear, regardless of how much time has passed!
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