A cash for clunkers for techies September 3, 2009
Finally, a federal recovery program I can actually use. Cash For Clunkers Part Deux, will offer rebates on energy efficient appliances when you trade in older, power sucking models.
The program starts October 15, and is a welcome one in my household where the refrigerator and dishwasher are so inefficient they barely clean or work without making such a racket it disturbs the squirrel sleeping by the kitchen door.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Energy Star qualified appliance categories eligible for rebates include: central air conditioners, heat pumps (air source and geothermal), boilers, furnaces (oil and gas), room air conditioners, clothes washers, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, and water heaters.”
How about a few more product categories, including TVs, VHS tapes, cell phones, cameras and computers. No one ever knows how to dispose of these properly anyway? Some enterprising retailer or association may already be lobbying for such a program. Could be just the thing to keep the industry going after the holiday’s when sales really fall off in CE.
For Families Today, Technology Is Morning’s First Priority August 10, 2009
How to get a handle on this? Bueller?
Weekday mornings have long been frenetic, disjointed affairs. Now families that used to fight over the shower or the newspaper tussle over access to the lone household computer — or about whether they should be using gadgets at all, instead of communicating with one another.
“They used to have blankies; now they have phones, which even have their own umbilical cord right to the charger,” said Liz Perle, a mother in San Francisco who laments the early-morning technology immersion of her two teenage children. “If their beds were far from the power outlets, they would probably sleep on the floor.”
Your Spouse or Your Cell Phone? June 24, 2009
And the winner is… the cell phone.
I’m pretty sure this is no big surprise to a lot of women out there. And to those fools who are thinking it’s because women like to talk on the phone all the time, the answer was directed to what is more helpful organizationally. The phone or the husband.
Shoe retailer Zappos.com and Bill Me Later surveyed 600 women
A New Print June 22, 2009
HP just eliminated one more step in the home print process: The computer as middle man.
The new Photojet Premium announced today connects directly to Internet and sports a pretty spiffy touch screen interface. Scroll through application icons, touch to be taken to the Web site, access the information or object then hit print. Initially, this will launch with several set partners, but HP plans to allow open application development like the iPhone. Currently there’s Fandango for direct movie ticket printing, Googlemaps, and Coupons.com to access just the ones you need before heading out the door. Print photos directly from Snapfish or even the morning paper from USA Today.
At $399, it’s not cheap but HP’s Vyomesh Joshi, was practically giddy over the coupon function. Is it just a sign of the times that making it easier to clip coupons is a selling point, or is that really a reason to buy this printer?
Fossils Already? May 21, 2009
One last art inspired post heading into the long weekend. You won’t find these fossils in a field, but artist Christopher Locke has a whole collection of fossilized electronics. Old game controllers, a Walkman, boombox, rotary phone.
And this concludes art week on Tech Bacon. Thanks for viewing…
I grew up in a solidly middle class, mostly Jewish neighborhood making this bacon business all the more bizarre. Here’s another bit of bacon from a former classmate. This one, is in the Smithsonian. Not bad for a nice boy from Rogers Park.
Was there something in the water?