Communication in the Shaky Isles

Many New Zealanders are suffering fear and loss in the wake of Saturday’s earthquake in Canterbury. And the hefty aftershocks are adding to the fear and hindering the recovery; both physical and emotional. As power, water and sewerage have been affected, and roads have been cut off by damage and flooding, one of the most important things anyone needs to be able to do is communicate with the outside world. [Read more...]

Foodtown Online Groceries – Review

I really, really hate grocery shopping. I moan about it every time I go to the supermarket. And I hate hating something, and I hate whiners so I don’t like being one. I just can’t stand the thought of giving up a precious hour to the tedium of crowded aisles, bad music, bright lights and the forced feeling of gaiety. So, to my rescue – Foodtown Online!

When my children were very small I was one of the ‘early adopters’ of online grocery shopping in New Zealand. Some intrepid South Islander had set up an online store and my groceries were shipped all the way from Blenheim (to Tauranga). This was probably about 1999. It served it’s purpose well at the time, but apart from the vast carbon footprint I was creating it required me to think a day or 2 in [Read more...]

Vivienne Tam Mini More Than Just a Pretty Face.

I recently fell in love….with a computer. My friends all thought I was completely nuts until I showed them the gorgeous thing. The new Vivienne Tam mini by HP, named appropriately, ‘Butterfly Lovers’,  is a new level of beautiful – a stunning brushed gold, with delicate transparent red and gold butterflies all over it - total class. This is the second design by American designer Vivienne Tam for HP.  The first one was a pink designed notebook which didn’t hold quite the appeal of this netbook.

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Fair Go has got me thinking….

In case you missed it, this weeks’ episode of Fair Go featured the hassles of extended warranties for electronic goods. In a lot of cases, people are being upsold into purchasing extended warranties for electronics goods, only to find that when they try and claim under these warranties the hassle involved can make them lose the will to live and they were probably paying again for what would have been covered automatically under the Consumers Guarantee Act. I can understand. Well, I can understand both sides of the story really – from a merchants’ point of view electronic goods sales involve very low margins whereas the profit margins on the Extended Warranty sales are huge, hence the incentive to sell them. It’s the same with travel insurance you purchase through your travel agent – commission on your airfares is low – but the commission on Insurance sales is huge! [Read more...]