Friday, November 23, 2007

Questions for retailers and the media...

So, Thanksgiving is over and now the push for Christmas happens. Why is it that every year they say the Black Friday will make or break retailers? Every year they say "this could be the worst retail season in 5 years"? Why do we never really hear the news story about how great it was? Why don't they make a point of saying that since the beginning of the shopping season now happens in September, that you aren't going to get the same pop that you would have if you would have waited to start beating the consumer over the head with Christmas crap? Why doesn't anyone do a story on the fact that online retailing is probably taking the traffic away from brick and mortar?

I will tell you why....no one really cares and you have to make a story out of something. Let's face it, if a store goes out of business that only means one thing...SALE. It's sad. It's harsh. It's the truth. The retail business is tough.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Open Letter to High School "Hackers"

Dear High School "hackers",

I noticed to day that there was a story on The Post-Standard in which some high school students broke into the school computer system and changed their grades (See Article here). I would like to suggest that you use the following rules of thumb to justify doing something like this.

1. Is there a girl or guy you are trying to impress?
2. Can you do this with a 300 baud modem?

If you answered yes to those 2 questions, then you have mastered time travel and have gone back to 1982 where this kind of this is really cool and it hasn't really been done before.

If you said No to either one of those then stop what your doing and study and go rent the movie War Games.

Thank you for your consideration.