I love this type of stuff.
The trend in search volume for the query “furlough”, no doubt related to the government shutdown.
Well that’s okay with me. Just more reason for people to switch over to Roadtrippers.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m listening to the Beach Boys at the Roadtrippers HQ, because I work here. But don’t let that stop you from checking out Roadtrippers.
Roadtrippers is Google Maps on steroids - all the multiple destination trip planning from classic Google Maps, plus the place discovery that Google seems to be trying to do, but not pulling off so well.
TL:DR - if you’re looking for multi-stop route planning, Roadtrippers is the best alternative out there to the new Google Maps.
I’m not knowledgeable nor do I keep up with the retail industry, but I’m surprised this hasn’t become a standard: notifications from retail stores’ mobile apps when user-selected items go on sale.
Perfect example: I love Arizona Arnold Palmer Iced Tea. When I worked at Walgreens, I had at least one a day, if not two. When they went on sale, typically two for a dollar, I bought cases at a time. I remember buying 6 cases of varying flavors, where, combined with my 15% employee discount, I was paying less than $.45 a can.
I don’t work there anymore, so no more discount. BUT, I’d love if I got a notification - not an email - when it was on sale. I rarely open the Walgreens app on my phone. I forget it’s even installed. Show me a notification whenever my favorite drink is on sale though, and I’ll surely open it.
Why this hasn’t been implemented yet? Beats me. For all I know, some retail stores’ apps already have it. Checking Target’s and Walgreens’, it’s either not there, or buried in the app.
The infrastructure is there. The technology is available. Use it.
There are two large problems with social media in my humble opinion:
1. Keeping up with it
2. Keeping up with people who use it
Plenty of social media aggregators exist, but none of them solve these two problems. Maybe what I’m asking for is too large of a project, or simply not technically possible. I admit I fall into this trap-thought that anything is technologically possible today.
So what do I ask for? A service (that I’d personally be willing to pay a nominal fee for [re: $20/yr.]) that combines feeds from nearly every social media service, provides very flexible organization of them, and is web-accessible as well as available in an app form.
I don’t care about what’s trending, what’s popular, what’s relevant, or what’s interesting. I want to see what everyone I follow and am friends with are doing. Not what an algorithm thinks I’ll want to see.
Individual social networks already do this to an extent - Twitter’s lists, Facebook’s lists, Google+’s Circles/Groups, etc. - but therein lies the main problem: I don’t want to keep up with all of these individually.
Ideally, this is what I’d love to see Google+ become. They can provide services of their own, but let users add everyone else’s feeds, too. You want me to log in on Google+ regularly? Let me see Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Path, Linkedin, and Foursquare, too, and I’ll be there.
I’ll make this short - I got some folders and files to reorganize. The price per GB per year from Amazon, Google Drive and Dropbox as of April 1st, 2013 are as follows:
Google Drive: $.60/GB/year
Dropbox: $1.20/GB/year OR $1/GB/year, depending on billing
All prices are based on 100 GB offering.
I won’t bother giving my $.02 on each, but I will say I use Google Drive and Dropbox (former for work, latter for pleasure) and I… probably wouldn’t use Dropbox at all if I had found Google Drive first. Though GDrive has had its bouts with outages (sometimes for HOURS on end which seems like forever when you practically work within it).
I think the NBA and NFL are the only (if not one of the few, at least) businesses that penalize its employees for complaining about being errantly judged and evaluated.
In other words, they’ve been done an injustice, they speak about the injustice and who’s responsible, and then they are punished for speaking out.
Let’s face it though - if they don’t speak out (they being the coaches and players), then nothing changes. If nothing changes, the problem usually gets worse. If the problem gets worse, then the product (in this case, the game) suffers. If the game suffers, interest is lost amongst fans. If fans lose interest, they don’t pay to be a part of it. If nothing is paid, then the product doesn’t last.
Now I understand punishing, or at least warning, if the complaining includes vitriol and a certain feeling of hatred or disdain. Those are negative in and of itself, and should be curbed if possible. But when the complaints are not only justified, but delivered somewhat politely and quietly?…
I’d hate to be a ref. It’s a tough job. They’re a supposedly neutral entity with supposedly objective opinions that affect the outcome of two competing entities, under the eyes of thousands, if not millions. One slip-up, and they’re immediately the least favorite person of half the audience.
But I’d hate to be a coach, who can’t speak out about injustices that affect their performance that ultimately affects their employment, even more.
Dan Carlin sums up my feelings about gun control/rights:
The biggest threat to your gun rights is the damage that those gun rights cause when people misuse them. The NRA should take the lead, and gun activists should take the lead as well, in not just helping to push laws and changes that will improve the situation and help change the culture - but also provide the elements that will allow us to actually carry these changes out. You can’t just say it’s video games and it’s the culture and it’s mental health and all this. Step up to the plate and say, “We’re going to put our money where our mouth is and we’re going to help become a force for good,” so that, in the spirit of the old NRA, we can blend the interests of gun owners, 2nd amendment freedoms and community health and safety. It can be done. I think the way we’ve handled drunk driving in the past proves it.
I never fully decided my opinion about gun control/rights. I realized and saw both sides of the fence, and hence stayed in the middle.
After listening to Dan’s opinion, I think I’ve figured it out.
Listen to Dan Carlin’s podcast, Gunning for Violence, on iTunes: