Being a loyal customer during my multiple trips to the US, I was THRILLED that finally Netflix is coming to Latin America. Until yesterday… As soon as it became available, I signed up and went straight to my beloved Documentaries section. I am disappointed… Look at what I found, there are only like 20 documentaries, mostly low quality : Check out the equivalent US section taken at exactly the same time, it has hundreds of titles in multiple categories: Netflix: will the Latin America service be equivalent to the US one? Please don’t disrespect us. Just because we live in a third world country, that does not mean that you should give us a third world service. Also, don’t make the mistake of adding translated titles to spanish. We want the movies in their original language!
I found this on a site and found it very funny. Sadly, it is reality! My hourly rates should be: $35 per hour. $45 per hour if you want to watch. $65 per hour if you want to help. $95 per hour if you tried to fix it, and failed.
I was reading today this great article, Can you hear Apple’s iPad competitors sobbing?, and just thought to myself that instead of making a huge pile of Android devices – why don’t all these companies that built IPad look alikes and failed miserable – instead of just throwing them away they give them away for free to children in third world countries. It is not exactly a one laptop per child, but it is a one internet-enabled-device-that-children-can-use-to-learn that could make a difference in the upbringing of many underprivileged financially minds that can also have potential for a better life. It all makes sense to me, maybe not Nicholas Negroponte’s dream, but still it is a great way of helping the poor and not throwing a way those devices. Some of these companies might even get some good PR… you know… help the children… third world… which as we all know some big corporations would never give something away without a tax break or good PR in return. But who cares! What I care is about giving opportunity to those that don’t have one. Am I being just too naive?
A while ago I wrote a quick review of what I thought about Skype, and as time has gone by I’ve grown even more fond of Skype. It is a great tool, the “communication lifeline” for a great deal of us. It really doesn’t bother me how many hundreds of dollars I’ve spent on it, because it has saved me a bundle plus made my life a lot simpler. A few months ago Microsoft decided to acquire Skype, making a lot of people very nervous. With a price tag of 8.5 billion (which apparently B is the new currency… just think of Dropbox 6.5B or Twitter/Facebook which soon will probably cost bazillions of dollars – don’t forget the most valuable company in the world, Apple at 345B). Why nervous? A lot of people are wondering if MS is going to kill it or change it in a way so that it is not as useful anymore. I’ve thought long and hard at why are they doing this if they already have MSN, Live Messenger, Lync which can do pretty much the same and maybe even Lync is actually better. For me the reason is very simple, so I am going […]
Actualizacion 2011 09 21: El presidente ejecutivo y el encargado de computo del Incofer me recibieron en la estacion del Pacifico. Parece que si me escucharon un poco, quedamos en probar lo de tener un correo para sugerencias (firstname.lastname@example.org) y otra cosa que va a ser sorpresa. Vamos a ver que pasa! Hace como 8 meses me levante un sabado temprano y no me acuerdo si era que no tenia mucho que hacer, o no tenia ganas de hacer lo que tenia que hacer. En fin, me sentia bien y tenia ganas de hacer algo bueno. Entonces hice esto: – Compre el dominio www.trenurbano.co.cr (la gente del NIC.cr tambien ocupan ayuda, debo mencionar) – Hice una pagina en donde puse todos los horarios del tren urbano de Costa Rica, ademas de informacion relacionada. Dejenme explicarme, soy un usuario del tren y NO HAY ninguna pagina oficial del INCOFER de facil uso para poder encontrar la informacion de horarios y otra relacionada. Estoy seguro que los del INCOFER me van a decir que estan en desacuerdo y me van a decir que si me meto a www.algunministerio.com/incf/232423534/hora/234/deuf.wefe/h34238.pdf puedo conseguir el horario. Buena suerte a los usuarios normales para encontrarla. Ademas, que […]