Online vs Real-Store
For those who follow me you know I have been trying to change ISP's for about 3 weeks now. It isn't easy when you live on the fringes of a city as most ISP's tend to ignore the rural scene.
This time my new ISP is a ADSL provider and to make it work I was given the option of leasing the equipment or buying my own. I chose to do the latter. This led me to the following real life experience. I was told I needed a ADSL+ plus modem that would then connect to my wireless router.
Easy enough, starting the timer I first went to the Internet to see what was available and what kind of rep the different choices had. I narrowed things down to 1 brand after about 15 minutes and then went to see how long it would take to get this fancy gadget. 2-3 days with a $5.00 shipping charge was the average.
Now, I actually drive by a Fry's computer store several times a week and the detour to shop there is less than 5 minutes. So I do this and discover that the store is monster sized with very poor signage. I hunt down a employee and ask where the adsl modems are but wouldn't you know it, this "Assistant Manager" didn't know and instead of asking someone else I was sent to the other end of the store (aisle 33B). When I got there I was told by the computer salesman that the modems were in the Ethernet section and sent back to aisle 8C... There were only two adsl modems in that section but at least one of them was a modem with a good rep (and on sale).
I went to pay for it and the only cashier open was at the opposite end of the store, about 1/2 a block from the exit door! The cashier couldn't ring up the sale because the reader wasn't accepting the sale code. Even his manager couldn't override the machine to input the price showing in 1" letters on the box! They had to go back to the Ethernet department to get a new label which was almost a block away!
My total time in the Fry's store was 24 minutes with me knowing exactly what I was looking for compared to 15 minutes online when I didn't have a clue to start! Granted I have the modem now instead of waiting for 2-3 days but the savings of $3.24 total was made up for by the aggravation of dealing with a store that was very poorly laid out and which had it's employees at the computers mercy...
I have been jinxed by Ford Motor Company. They sent me a "safety recall" on my mini-van and yesterday the torque converter went out which is exactly what the letter said was about to happen! Of course Ford doesn't have the parts to fix it so they want me to pay for the new torque converter out of my pocket then "refund" the cost sometime in June or July (I bet it is July).
If they had just kept their mouth shut I am thinking my mini-van would still be chugging along... but who knows...
Learning how much Thor has done for us
I started working on a website for my church last month. I only get a few minutes a week for this but one thing I noticed was just how different it is when working on a website from scratch and working on a Runboard. With Runboard I don't have to worry about doc types or meta tags because Runboard takes care of that for me. I still have to do the decrotive stuff with CSS but when working on a site I have to also set all the content stuff in place. I don't have to worry about that on Runboard because the messageboard is the content for the most part. I don't have to worry about the way text flows on Runboard but when doing things from scratch I have to think about all of it.
Thank you Thor for all you do to help us make our message boards just the way we like them without having to worry so much about every single detail.
The Ten Commandments of Runboard (a fantasy)
scene 1: Lesigner Girl and Erika walking into the break room when suddenly a bright light shines down and they see Pastor Rick given a tablet and a Runboard coffee cup.
scene 2: Pastor Rick, grows a beard and long hair then starts reading the tablet (in a Charlton Heston voice) saying:
The Ten Commandments of Runboard
1. I am Thor who brought thee out of the world of mismanaged subscription boards
2. Thou shalt not be forced to pay for message boards anymore
3. Thou shalt not share thy password with another
4. Remember thy Runboard and share it with others
5. Honor thy Message board and keep it active
6. Thou shalt not spam
7. Thou shalt not spread illegal content
8. Thou shalt not slander one another
9. Thou shalt not covet another boards cool design
10. When thou shalt ask for Support it shall be granted unto thee
scene 3: Light fades away, Pastor Rick returns to normal, shakes his head and says "I hate it when he does that... want some coffee?"