Thursday, April 26, 2007

Giant Pink Bunny on Italian Hillside

You can't make this fluff up!

A 200-foot long pink bunny rabbit has been built on the 5000 foot high Colletto Fava mountain in northern Italy's Piedmont region.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A Very Manly Wedding Cake

Fellow BBQers, all those who believe vegetables are something you FEED TO things you eventually want to eat, have I got a cake for you:

Yes, it's the Meat Cake! And with mashed potato frosting too!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Yapta - getting money back when airfare goes down

There's a new startup out of Seattle called Yapta--they're jumping into the fare-comparison pool along with FareCast, Kayak, etc. You visit websites such as Expedia, Orbitz, or the airlines' sites and "tag" fares you want to watch. OK, not too much new yet...

Here's their twist: they continue to watch the fares for you AFTER you buy the ticket. There's a rule in the airline industry called the guaranteed airfare rule--if you buy the ticket directly from the airline and the fare drops, you can get a refund.

Read more at the blog of Business 2.0 Magazine's Erick Schonfeld.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Great customer service from Advanced Data Solutions

I contacted a company called Advanced Data Solutions today for some consulting assistance regarding some RAID 5 drives in one of our servers, and I have to say, I was very impressed with their service. Turns out, their business consists of data recovery procedures, where they work to extract data from your troubled drives--not consulting services (which is what I needed). But rather than just saying "we don't do that sir" and ending it there, the person I talked to transferred me to one of their experts (Joe), who took the time to walk me through some of the considerations and give me some excellent advice. For free. For someone who wasn't a customer.

That made an impression on me (as did Joe's advice)--great job ADS, and thank you!