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Eee PC Is Forbes Product Of The Year November 30, 2008

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Asus Eee PC

Asus Eee PC

When I have free time and want to spend it on a pc, most of the time I’m just wunking (web junking).  I don’t really need tons of system power for that, just lots of memory.  With internet-enabled, high-end cell phones priced at ~$300 and low-end laptops at $500, it makes sense to have a wunking pc product priced at ~$300.  Netbooks are that product and Asus’ Eee PC’s are some of the most popular netbooks available now:  http://www.forbes.com/technology/global/2008/1208/072.html?feed=rss_technology

I got my daughter a “pink” Eee for her birthday this summer.  She’s 7 and loves the web!  Additionally, the version we bought had Skpe pre-installed.  It’s easy for us to stay in touch.  It was hard to justify paying $300 for a smartphone for myself when a mini-pc just her size was available at the same price.

As people’s home get more and more connected, I think folks will be buying several of these netbook|net appliances for several different rooms in their homes.  They’re kinda stylish (if that matters to you) and they’re obviously functional.  Style & function + priced affordably.  Tough to beat.

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Open For Business November 30, 2008

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It’s good to see the Knicks haven’t forgotten it’s the stuff on the court that matters to real fans:  http://www.sportsline.com/nba/gamecenter/recap/NBA_20081129_GS@NY/rss

Good game.

“I apologize…” November 30, 2008

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Told you A.I. was a pro:  http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/nba/11/28/iverson.pistons.ap/index.html?eref=si_nba

Walmart Finally Takes Over The World November 29, 2008

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I don’t know squat about economics; but I do know about being a consumer.  As a consumer, I know there’s no way I’m spending more than $699 for a TV nowadays.  For some reason $700 or greater just seems more extravagant than I can justify.  I’m not sure why $699 seems better, but I know it does.  After reading this article, it seems I’m in the ballpark:  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/29/technology/29televisions.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

I’m betting manufacturers & retailers will employ some sort of price floor to fix consumers like me, or at least they will try to.  Shucks – given how identical the different stores Black Friday advertised prices were, retailers probably have already started freezing competitive price drops.  Whatever the case may be, I’m betting on Walmart.  Somehow Walmart always gets manufacturers & retailers to bend to its will when other retail outlets can’t.  If Walmart can’t get the price down, it can’t come down.

But if the price can’t come down, will I come up?

This Is Getting Old November 27, 2008

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I am and have been a  big A.I. fan, but he’s a vet now.  This foolishness needs to not be news anymore:

Pistons to fine Iverson after guard misses practice Thursday

As a big fan of his and the game, I hope he handles this like the pro he is.

“This is the business we’ve choosen!” November 27, 2008

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Mike D’A & the Knicks brass started this mess by not playing a capable, ready talent because “he was not in their plans”.  Now that they’re shorthanded, suddenly the rules for playing him have changed:

Choosing to not play him because “he was not in their plans” was a ratty strategy in Mike D’A & the Knicks brass’ ratty game of hardball with Steph just so the Knicks can chase LeBron in 2010.  The ratty strategy is backfiring.  Now they will have to pay the piper.

I think this sort of foolishness is the stuff that creates the unprofessional stereotypes that haunt the NBA game publicly.  Steph showed up ready to work.  The Knicks started playing mind games by concocting a reason to not play him, in spite of his being ready to work.  When they chose to not play him for any reason other than his performance or capabilities, they should have ended their professional relationship with him.  They let the money get in the way of their professionalism.   It’s unfortunate the money came in the way, but Steph’s signature isn’t the only one on his contract.  The Knicks have an obligation too.  Pay him.  Release him.  And move on with “your plans” for the future.

Don’t Shoot The Messenger #2 November 27, 2008

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With gasoline drawers on… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THfiHQZVSw0

Does This Make You Nervous Too? November 27, 2008

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I read here that NBC is making a show about race relations…

NBC TO MAKE ‘FRIENDS WITH BLACK PEOPLE’: Network developing sitcom about race relations in the U.S.

(November 19, 2008)

*A buddy comedy based on the 2006 book “Making Friends With Black People,” about the state of race relations in the U.S., is being developed as a sitcom for NBC, reports Variety.

I think it would have a better chance with a better title.

Don’t Shoot The Messenger #1 November 27, 2008

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I didn’t write it. I just shared it

A black, female columnist at Salon.com has written an entire piece praising the derriere of Michelle Obama. “I’m a black woman who never thought I’d see a powerful, beautiful female with a body like mine in the White House. Then I saw Michelle Obama — and her booty!” writes Erin Aubry Kaplan “…Barack’s better half not only has stature but is statuesque. She has coruscating intelligence, beauty, style and — drumroll, please — a butt. (Yes, you read that right: I’m going to talk about the first lady’s butt.)”

Continue reading here.

Why Doesn’t The NBA Discipline Management Like It Does Players? November 27, 2008

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It’s no secret I love the NBA. Common knowledge. As such, I’ve been following the soap opera Stephon Marbury and the Mike D’A + the Knick Brass have been starring in regarding his playing time in the last year of his contract. I’m definitely not a Marbury fan, but I do think he’s an unquestioned, elite NBA talent who did the right thing with his Starbury shoe & apparel line; so for a fan like me, this whole situation is really, really unfortunate.

The latest episode of the drama finds Starbury seeming to refuse to play after the Knicks Brass made roster changes that left the team depleted and unable to suit the NBA-minimum number of players for a game to be played: http://blogs.nypost.com/sports/knicks/archives/2008/11/starbury_to_mik.html.

Why blog this? Because the Stern+the NBA Brass play “daddy” whenever players conduct displays a less than professional image for the NBA, but when owners and management do the same, they play mum. Believe it or not, I’m a HUGE David Stern fan. I think he’s done incredible things with moving the game forward in all its aspects. But I always thought it was a slippery slope for the NBA to start managing GROWN MEN’S choices in fashion in the name of “a better NBA”. Now that they have, why does it stop with the players? Where’s Stern now? This soap opera needs to be cancelled. Asap. None of this foolishness needs to be in my NBA rss feeds. I certainly would rather have read about some ridiculous bling-bling dripping off some 7th man’s neck rather than read about how continues to whine about the public dissing Mike D’A+Walsh do on the regular by not keeping this situation private and handled.

Stern step in. Please. And handle the business the Knicks can’t. Or won’t. The fans will thank you for it. We might even buy tix to Knicks games.

On second thought…