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Earliest: March 17, 2003Latest: June 10, 2017Total: 125

April 6, 2004

Walmart Election

Today is an importaint election day in Inglewood as the city gets to vote on a measure that would allow Walmart to build a supercenter in their city.

While I am opposed to some of the business practices of Walmart, I am actually siding with Walmart on this issue. Why? Because the Labor Unions are fighting Walmart on this issue, since Walmart is a non union enterprise.

Over the past few years Unions has caused a negative effect on the economy, here are some notable examples:

  • In 1998, UPS Union workers went on strike. This caused a huge disruption for small businesses. Federal Express and the United States Post office were benefactors, but many packages were delayed.
  • In 2002, the union representing the west coast receivers went on strike in the late summer, causing delays in Imports, and had some inventory effect on the Christmas Shopping season. (Retailers couldn't offer big discounts due to limited inventories)

February 12, 2004

iTunes Promotion

In New England, many stores still do not carry any of the Pepsi Bottles which have the iTunes game piece. I have yet to find a store that has a bottle with a yellow cap in Concord. Several stores in the Chelmsford area are now distributing the game pieces version of Pepsi.

I have bought three 20fl bottles and have 'won' a free iTunes song on two bottles. The average cost is $1.20. I know I am better off just buying the songs and drinking water. But I wanted to at least feel like I am getting something for nothing.

Walmart still hasn't carried any iTunes game pieces. I suspect that it will be cheaper than Stop & Shop, CVS, and the White Hen.

November 15, 2003

Widmer Brothers

Finally my favorite Wheat Beer is available in Massachusetts! Today I purchased a six pack of Widmer Brothers Wheat Beer at the Stop and Shop Plaza in Framingham.

I took a vacation to Portland, Oregon during the July 4th weekend in 2000. It was during this trip that I discovered Widmer Hefeweizen.

If you never had Wheat Beer, I would highly recommend Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen Wheat Beer. Sam Adam's Summer Ale is almost as good, however its only available for a limited time.

November 7, 2003

Acclaim Technology Close its Doors

After 9 years, Acclaim Technology closed its doors. If you never heard of Acclaim, I found the following text in a project proposal:

Acclaim Technology, Inc. (www.acclaimtech.com) is a leading enterprise information technology solutions provider offering sophisticated end-to-end services and comprehensive Internet infrastructure solutions to leading businesses. With an emphasis on consulting and Professional Services, Acclaim Technology, Inc. has the expertise to help our customers build state of the art information systems. Having major clients such as Network Appliance, State of Alaska, Earthlink Networks and Apple Computer, Acclaim Technology, Inc. is the leading source for technology services solutions.

In the next few days, I'll be putting together a special tribute to my former employer. I have lots of photos and cool videos of the company in its prime.

October 28, 2003

Popcorn

This past weekend I saw two movies at a couple of different Regal Entertainment Group theaters in Harwich and Hyannis. My complaint about the theater is the popcorn. I bought a large popcorn for $6. The cost of an extra large is $6.50 and a small cost $5. However, the popcorn is not fresh. The popcorn is pop at a different location and brought to the movie theater in a yellow bag.

If you opperate a movie theater and you want to increase concession stand sales you should consider popping popcorn at the theater. The popcorn smell will encourage customers to buy popcorn while they are walking by the concession stands. Plus, charging $6 for a large bag of stale popcorn isn't good business.

Until Regal Entertainment Group starts making popcorn at their theaters, I would recommend not buying their popcorn.

September 10, 2003

Fenway Job Fair

The Boston Globe had a Job Fair at Fenway Park this afternoon. This attracted as many as 5,000 job seekers and only 50 companies. Currently the employment rate in Massachusetts is 5.4, and Boston is 5.1. The lowest rate was 2.5 which happened in March of 2000.

I ate dinner at Quincy Market, and had some pretty good Whole Fried Clams. However, the clams at Sir Crickets in Orleans are much better. The clams cost $8.95 at one of the booths that has a sign which reads: 'World Famous Fries' (Which I though wasn't good). It was very quiet at 6:30 inside, but the resturants around the Market were pretty busy.

A pint of Sam Adams Summer Ale cost $4.95 at the Old Union Oyster House. I was surprise that they still had the Summer Ale since most stores are now selling the Winter Lager.

August 22, 2003

Comcast Internet

I am having problems with Comcast Internet service. It appears that they are not a reliable service as they are claiming to be. For some reason the service is not accessable for hours during the day. Regular cable service is available, but not internet service. Comcast tech support has told me the problem was with the modem and that I should get another one. Nope. Problem is with the service.

I can't recomend Comcast high speed Internet and if DSL is available in your area get it.

lukefisher.com details their experiences with Comcast and why they switched.

August 19, 2003

Monster.com Advice

At a WND networking meeting this week Marcel Legrand, SVP Strategy, Planning & Research for Monster.com talked about job hunting. In his speeched he listed 6 ways Recruiters view Job Hunters:
  1. Skeptical of their resumes- Only accept it as 3% face value
  2. Generalist
  3. Compair your resume with others
  4. They are not in the business to take risk on you
  5. Under lots of pressure
  6. Human Process "Sort of"
The above are from the notes I took at the meeting, but I'll see if others have better notes.

August 14, 2003

Economic Summit

Romney Marty Meehan held an Economic Summit at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Massachusetts early this morning. Turnout was pretty large, consisting of mostly local business and political leaders.

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney told the attendees the five criteria most business use in determine where to relocate thier business:

  1. Cost of doing business in the new location.
  2. Moving Incentives
  3. School, Saftey and Surrounding (3 S's)
  4. Strategic Assetts "Capitol Resources"
  5. People (Skills, Work Motivations)
Eastern US Blackout:
CNN was reporting that the power outage that lasted for 4 hours in much of New York, and parts of Canada was the first test of the Homeland Security Department. However, this isn't true. There has been plenty uses of the new department that was created on January 24, 2003:
  • Alerting the public of the threat of the Internet Worm
  • Changes to Airport Security
  • Handling the National Threat Level

August 8, 2003

Rush Limbaugh

rush_sm.jpg Curious on why I haven't been updating my Weblog everyday?

Well oddly enough Rush Limbaugh voiced his opinion of Weblogs in the closing minutes of his show this afternoon. He says that weblogs are created by want-to-be journalist who have nothing else to do.

Well I have been very busy of late. I have updated my personal website with some neat Quicktime commercials and PDFs. I am also working on other projects off line.

So while most people have the time to write long complex weblogs everyday, I just write one whenever I have the chance, or something worth saying.

Did you know:
It appears that Disney will be releasing a new Haunted Mansion Book The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies to tie in with the new movie coming out later this year!

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