Got a New Phone

Last weekend, we went to Costco and signed up for a new AT&T Wireless family plan. We cancelled our Nextel service, for which we were paying about $100/month for two phones. We replaced it with a new AT&T Wireless family plan for which we will pay about $110/month for four phones with twice as many minutes and unlimited text, picture and video messaging.

Circuit City Going Bankrupt?

Circuit City recently filed for bankruptcy. The electronics retail giant announced the other day that they will be closing 155 stores across the country. The company appears to remain hopeful, issuing the following statement on their Web site:

“We are pleased to have obtained court approval for our first day motions, a critical first step in Circuit City’s reorganization process,” said James A. Marcum, vice chairman and acting president and chief executive officer of Circuit City Stores, Inc. “These approvals will help position us for a more successful holiday selling season and allow us to operate our business and serve our valued guests without interruption as we work to emerge from Chapter 11 as quickly as possible.”

I guess the true test will be this holiday season. If Circuit City cannot keep up with BestBuy or online retailers like Amazon or Buy.com, they may be gone for good. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Google Upgrades Analytics

A week or two ago, Google began the first in what they are reporting to be a series of beta-level improvements to the service.

According to the blog post from Google, they are:

Advanced Segmentation, Custom Reports, a data export API (private beta), integrated reporting for AdSense publishers (private beta), multi-dimensional data visualizations called “Motion Charts,” and an updated user and administrative interface.

If you haven’t logged into your Analytics report in a few weeks, you should check it out.

OpenSuSE Keeps Plugging Away

The Beta 4 version of OpenSuSE 11.1 was released today. I’m thinking of downloading and trying it, but I haven’t decided where and how I would install it.

I just recently replaced OpenSuSE 11.0 with Mandriva 2009.0, so I am not sure I want to put OpenSuSE actually back on my hard drive, quite yet. I will probably install it through VirtualBox, though, and give it a spin.

If you’ve tried OpenSuSE 11.1, please let me know what you think; especially if you can compare it to some other popular Linux flavors.

E-mail Client Survey – What Are People Using?

A blog entry from SitePoint was forwarded to me the other day at work. The blog entry dealt with a new survey put out by Litmus, using their Fingerprint e-mail analysis system.

The survey explored the usage of various e-mail clients throughout both the business and consumer sectors. The survey produced some very interesting results.

Some of the results I found the most intriguing are after the jump.

Frustrated With Outlook

I’ve been using Evolution quite a bit in Linux Mint lately, and it’s really made me realize just how frustrating Outlook can be. After the jump is a list of features that I believe are missing from Microsoft Outlook. If you know of any easy way to add any of these features (other than payware add-ins), please let me know. Also, if there are other features that you’d like to see Microsoft add to Outlook, please feel free to post them.

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