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…]

News About Kobo Encouraging

I am pleased that finally NZ’ers have an E-book reader that we can take seriously. The Kobo (an anagram of BOOK – there weren’t really many options were there!). It has frustrated me for some time that Amazon has not made the Kindle available in NZ – even though you can buy it in Australia and Fiji. And now, it appears we may have a better, and cheaper, option. And I am sure it isn’t a coincidence that the release has been timed in advance of the Ipad’s release in NZ either. Here are the reasons I REALLY, really like the sound of the Kobo –

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Stories about Dell Computers

We at ABC are long-time fans of Dell.  Previously only able to be purchased online, their products are  now available through appointed Partner Direct partners throughout NZ. And that’s us! Grunty and reliable, these are quality products that seem to never say die.

A couple of stories from our family: We have one Dell laptop that is still in the family;  10 years old and still going strong in the hands of Wil’s mother-in-law. No reflection either way on Wil’s mother-in-law!

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