Why I think 3D TV is just a FAD

, posted: 28-Apr-2010 15:22

A lot of people are talking about the upcoming release of 3D TV’s and how their going to change the way we watch TV and even the way we game. While 3D television looks and sounds exciting, will they really live up to the hype? I think not!

Who wants to wear a pair of special glasses every time they want to watch some 3D television? I couldn’t think of anything more annoying! I can understand why people are so excited about it now, but if you had a 3D TV, do you really see yourself always wearing those expensive glasses every time something 3D comes on?

What’s worse is that you’ll need a pair of 3D glasses for every person watching the TV set in 3D mode or else it will look blurry and unwatchable. These glasses aren’t cheap either, costing at least a couple of hundred bucks per pair; they aren’t the cheapest of accessories. Not to mention, each brand of glasses only works on that brand of TV, so if you think you can just bring your pair to your friends’ house and watch the same movie together, you are likely out of luck. Chances are, they’ll have universal glasses soon enough or at least have a standard of some sort but the fact that you have to put on some bulky glasses really turns me off this sexy sounding new product.

I also believe the companies who invest heavily in 3D TV’s and the content, will end up loosing out in the long run. Big blockbuster films like Avatar will do well, especially on the big screen in theatres, but the majority of the content will be crap. Do we really need to watch Shorthand Street in 3D?

The only way I ever see 3D TV’s becoming streamline and something we all use on a daily basis, is if they can create the same 3D picture without the need for glasses. If this is possible or not, I have no idea. But if that can’t happen, I honestly never believe this is going to take off.

My opinion anyway, time will tell!

Harvey Norman finally have a website

, posted: 21-Apr-2010 12:03

It took them long enough, but they finally launched a decent website with most of their products searchable online.



GST increase - how will it affect mobile rates?

, posted: 14-Feb-2010 22:48

Currently, Vodafone and Telecom charge 89c per minute on their prepay plans. Do you think they will either increase this to 91c per minute OR will they just absorb the increase in GST? Will they increase the price of TXTING from 20c to 21c? It just doesn't look as good does it.... I know when GST was introduced into Australia, their texting prices went from 20c to 22c as a result.

Will all their plan charges rise also? $29.95 sounds nice and pretty but $30,25 sounds just stupid!

I wonder how the Telcos and all other companies that use sexy marketing pricing will deal with the GST increase?

What's all this hoopla around Google Wave's instant chat feature?

, posted: 12-Dec-2009 15:24

Everyone seems to be amazed that Google’s new Wave service has made instant messaging even more instant with correspondent’s messages appearing on your screen character by character as they type, in real time.

I don’t see what all the hype is over though!

Back in 1996, ICQ was the chat software of the day and all the way back then, it had a chat feature that let users read each others messages as they were typing them as opposed to writing a message and sending it. I loved it and I always wondered why newer chat programs didn’t have the same feature!

Now 14 years later, Google has implanted this same feature and everyone thinks it’s an amazing new feature that the world has never seen before....

I don't get it!

Bring Back the McFlurry

, posted: 7-Sep-2009 15:30

This is something I feel very strongly about and I was prompted to voice my opinions after viewing an old picture taken with self and McFlurry back in 2002.

The McFlurry was more than just a desert, it was something a lot of people could relate to. I really think it would be beneficial for McDonalds to bring it back, the power they have in the brand is too good to pass up.

Here's the official word from McDonald's NZ

“Thank you for your interest in McDonald's New Zealand and particularly the McFlurry!

In answer to your question I can confirm that the McFlurry was taken off the New Zealand menu in 2003 due to a variety of reasons - the main reasons being low seasonal sales as well high operational demands. The McFlurry didn't sell well during winter, compared with our other desserts like Sundaes, and given the number of extra ingredients and the challenging operations involved it was taken off the menu.

We're excited about the level of passion regarding the McFlurry and bringing it back as a promotional product is on our radar. Our marketing plans work a year in advance so it won't be in the near future, but it is something we're considering.”

Do you want McDonalds to bring back the McFlurry?

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