HEADLINE: Woman wets herself to keep place in line for $50 Apple iBook
A rush to purchase $50 used laptops in Henrico County turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line. Full story
MY TAKE – I’ve said this before – it’s better to be pissed off than pissed on.
HEADLINE: Henrico County Manager apologizes for mishandling $50 Apple iBook fiasco
I couldn’t resist a the follow up to this story. County Manager Virgil Hazelett said officials were trying to respond to every complaint and he wanted the public to know they are also upset and thankful no one was, in their opinion, seriously hurt. “I very honestly would not do it in this manner again,” he said. “There are any number of alternatives that we can consider in the future”
TAKE 2 – In the future? Dude, your school system has switched to Dell. In 2009, do you honestly think people will be pissing themselves for four-year-old Dells running Microsoft’s porous Windows XP?
HEADLINE: Napster on the rocks?
First, the good news: Napster’s quarterly revenue jumped 21% in the last quarter, to $21 million. The bad news: Last quarter Napster lost $19.9 million. That is, the company lost nearly a dollar for every dollar it took in. The best line in this article, though, asks the reader to question whether “Napster will end up as either the digital music era’s Yahoo! or Pets.com.” Full story
MY TAKE – Napster is a joke and the only thing that Napster’s missing, besides a clue, is the sock puppet. Die with dignity? Not, Napster, obviously.