What a day I had today at work!

Today was my first day of work since the middle of August. I felt refreshed, and a tad nervous to begin working again. I’m still working at the same place I always have, I was just worried I would forget some of the codes I would have to type in. But everything turned out okay, for the most part. My boss bothers me with some of the things he does and his business ethics. He’s a good guy, he just has no problem with taking advantage of people, but I will get to that later.

I woke up around 9:30 this morning, got a cup of coffee and took a shower. I then got ready to go to work and hopped in my car. Ileft my house around 10:20 and got to work at 10:30. Since my boss changed the locks on the door, I didn’t have a key to get inside, so I had to wait for him to arrive. I went next door and ordered a bagel, orange juice, and a coffee to have while waiting on my boss. I called him at 10:40 and he told me he was 10 minutes away, so I went ahead and ate my food. Once I finished I went back outside and checked the store. No sign of anyone. So I waited until my boss arrived.

He finally got to the store with 10 minutes to spare before we opened at 11. I said hello and took a walk around the store to familiarize myself. Not much had changed, aside from the counter and cash register. My boss walked to the back of the store and turned on the lights and turned on his computer while I turned on the rest. We both sat behind the counter talking and looking at websites.

A guy came up to the store and tried to open the door, but it was locked. The door makes a loud noise that echoes when someone tries to open it when it is locked. My boss and I looked at the door and the guy then looked back at each other and started laughing.

Locked door
(yeah he kinda looked like that)

So we sat around another 5 minutes or so, waiting for 11 to come. Once it did, I opened up the door to begin my first day back at work. For the next few hours, I mainly took in returned video-games and movies, occasionally answering the phone. My boss and I talked about him and what he has been doing and selling recently. This is where his business ethics just seem to go away. My boss will do anything to make a quick buck, which really gets to me. He has been selling these systems on eBay and his online store, making a $20 profit on each one. He told me he has sold a ton of those things over the past couple of weeks, but the thing that he has sold the most of are the Nintendo DS Lite package bundles from Costco.

My boss goes to Costco, buys these packages for $165 and then brings them back to the store and sells them for $189.99, making about $25 on each one. Over the course of 3 hours, I took 7 orders for those packages. I felt sorry for some of these people because theu obviously don’t know they are being ripped off, but then some of these people were really happy because the game that comes in the package is a game their child wanted. I guess another thing that gets to me is I am paid a salary with no comission. I sell a lot of crap, and I think for some of the things I sell I should get some sort of comission or at least some sort of praise. Maybe that is asking for too much, I don’ think so.

When someone comes in the sore, I try my best to help them in every way possible. Some guy came in looking for a certain game that we had on our internet store, but not out on the floor. This guy told me he didn’t have access to a computer and asked me if I could place the order for him in the store and let him go ahead and pay for it. I saw no problem with that so I started setting up an online order for him, but my boss looked over and saw what I was doing and said “No. He is going to have to go online and do it himself.” So I looked up at this guy and told him sorry. I turned away as the man began to leave. My boss told me we didn’t have time to do that kind of thing in the store, then he proceeded to surf MySpace.

I don’t get my boss sometimes, he wants to make all the money he can, but when has the opportunity to make $10 right then and there, he refuses the offer. I don’t see what the big deal would have been with ordering that guy the video game right there, but apparently my boss did. As the day went on, my boss became more and more frustrated because I wasn’t going at “normal” speed or doing things the “right” way according to him. Forgive me, but this is my first day back at work in 4 months. Of course I will be a little rusty, give me a break.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a little better. I will report back tomorrow on my second day of work.

I start back at work Monday

Monday, today, I start working again. Or should I say, I start “working” again.

I work at a videogame/DVD store. We rent and sell videogames and DVDs. We also have a LAN center in the back of the store where littles kids come a play computer games all day while I baby-sit them. That is what my job is, baby-sitter.

It amazes me how much money parents will spend to keep their kids occupied. Some parents spend $25 or more, a week, for their kids to come to my store and play on the computer all day. That $25 only goes to time on their accounts. Parents have to leave enough extra cash for food and drinks during the day as well. These parents must spend around $100 a month. I don’t see why the parents don’t invest that money on a computer for their homes? Unless, of course, my place of work is a safe-haven for their kids and it also allows the parents quiet time.

9:30 will be coming way too soon. I need to get some sleep so I am prepared for a day of sitting behind a counter, surfing the net, and taking money from little kids.

I will report on how my day is going. Wish me luck.

iPhone announced! But not by Apple…

Cisco, not Apple, has announced the long anticipated iPhone. Cisco will be releasing a line of Linksys “iPhone” VoIP devices. Looks to me like everyone has been tricked and that Apple’s phone will be named something else.

http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/cellphones/the-iphone-is-dead-what-will-apple-name-its-cellphone-now-222393.php
http://www.engadget.com/2006/12/18/cisco-not-apple-announces-iphone-branded-voip-phones/

Christmas Shopping – ONLINE vs. IN LINE

The Christmas season is upon us, with only 8 days left until that jolly old fat guy comes down your chimney to leave present for everyone to enjoy. By now a lot of you already have your shopping done, and I congratulate you for being better than everyone else in the world that still haven’t started shopping. But for those select few…ah who am I kidding? For those few million people that haven’t begun, now is the perfect time. I am sure you have found yourself asking, “Should I shop online or battle the crowds at the mall?” Well don’t bother anymore, because I will give the top 10 reasons to do both in: ONLINE vs. IN LINE

ONLINE

1. No lines
Honestly, who can stand waiting in lines that wrap around the whole building, going in and out of the bathrooms, I can’t. With online shopping, you don’t have to deal with losing your place in line or getting pushed by some crazed, caffeine-hocked-up-soccer-mom trying to find the new “Tickle-Me-Elmo” doll for her 4-year-old kid.

2. Better chance of finding something
Since stores online usually say when a product has been sold out, one can easily go to the next online store of their choosing. You don’t have to worry about being the first person inside the store to run all the way to a certain section of the store to only find out the toy you’re looking for has been sold out for a month.

3. Satisfaction of winning online auction
What else can be said about this? When you read “Congratulations! You are the winner!” pop-up on your screen after having a 10-minute bidding war with sccrmomfrmHELL is when you know your kid will be happy this Christmas while sccrmomfrmHELL‘s kid won’t. And that just makes you feel good inside.

4. No heavy bags to carry
Face it, you are no Arnold Schwarzenegger. You can only lift 50+lbs toys a few times a day without pulling something. With online shopping, some poor sap has to drive around in a big brown van wearing short brown shorts in 20 degree weather carrying packages to and from his van while you sit inside with your pajamas sipping hot chocolate. Yeah, exactly.

5. Do it in your underwear
Imagine going out in public with nothing but your underwear? Sure you’d probably have a better chance of getting everything on the lists you have, but that’s only because you would scare everyone else away. Trust me; stay at home where no one can see you.

6. Don’t have to find parking spot
Not only will you spend hundreds of dollars on presents for everyone, but you will also have to spend tons of cash on gas by driving around parking lots trying to find a place to park. Nor will you have to deal with hundreds of vans driven by caffeine-hocked-up-soccer-moms.

7. Point and Click
Found what you were looking for? Well, just point and click and you are done. This goes back to no. 1, no lines. Nothing is more simple than having all of your billing information, filled out on some website you have never heard of, just one click away.

8. No annoying sales-people
“Hi, may I help you?”
“No, I’m fine.”
“Are you sure? I can help you find something, anything!”
“No, really, I’m just looking.”
“May I suggest looking over here by the iPods and Zunes and 64″ HDTVs and kittens?”
“Please, leave me alone.”
“Here, take this pointless list of everything in store that we say is on sale when we actually raised the price for those caffeine-hocked-up-soccer-moms.”

Yeah, sales-people suck. They will stop at nothing you sell you something.

9. No fights/shootings over hottest toy
Need I say more?

IN LINE

1. Grabbing the last toy from the shelf
The feeling you get from doing this is better than winning the online auction. Not only will your child have a better Christmas than everyone else’s child, you can flaunt that. Walk around the store telling everyone how you got the last toy in stock and they didn’t.

2. The Rush you get standing with the caffeine-hocked-up-soccer-moms
Trust me, these ladies are crazy. Nothing gets in their way. The energy they contain is seething from their pores; you can almost taste it in the air. Basically these ladies are like Vietnam War vets who are in the middle of a panic attack. They slip into some state of being where nothing can stop them, not even Charlie.

3. Camping out in front of a store waiting for it to open
Only the real geeks do this, or the real desperate. If it is the day before Christmas Eve and you have absolutely nothing better to do, camp outside in front of Best Buy or some videogame store. Just be warned, you might meet some interesting characters who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Wii or Playstation 3.

4. Watching panicked husbands try to find their wife a gift on Christmas Eve
These guys are the worst. They wait until the last minute to go shopping, and by that time there is nothing good left. These husbands give so much entertainment to the rest of us, it’s almost worth going out Christmas Eve just to watch them squirm. Don’t feel sorry for them just because you went out 2 weeks earlier and found everything on your list, while they are going to have to settle for a pair of wool socks and cheap perfume. Just sit back and enjoy their anguish.

5. Fights/shootings over hottest toy
Need I say more?

Okay, it’s obvious online shopping is much easier to do but with less satisfaction. You see so much more by venturing out and battling the crowds. Whatever your shopping plans are this Christmas, good luck with them. I just hope you avoid sccrmomfrmHELL and all of her caffeine-hocked-up-soccer-mom friends.

Panda cubs are, in fact, cuter than babies

CNN has finally settled the long-time dispute over the level of cuteness a baby holds vs what a panda cub holds, with this poll.

Time Magazine names person of the year!

On Saturday, December 16, Time Magazine named the person of the year, and it’s YOU!

You were named Time magazine “Person of the Year” on Saturday for the explosive growth and influence of user-generated Internet content such as blogs, video-file sharing site YouTube and social network MySpace.

The article continues to say,

“For seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, Time’s Person of the Year for 2006 is you,” the magazine’s Lev Grossman wrote.

Time has placed a mirror on the cover of its newest issue because

“…it literally reflects the idea that you, not us, are transforming the information age…”

They go on to say that we as creators and consumers on the Internet show a community and collaboration on a scale never seen before.

I guess this is true, people spend a lot of their time surfing the internet, whether they are shopping online, finding out the latest gossip on the celebrity of the moment, or just simply killing time. While in the midst of doing all of this, we have made friends, and enemies, over the internet. But as a whole we have come together to create something we can use and enjoy.

Just to throw this out there, Time stole this idea of “You” as the person of the year from the movie “The Big Lebowski.”
Big Lebowski Time Person of the Year

http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=domesticNews&storyID=2006-12-17T020450Z_01_N15184106_RTRUKOC_0_US-TIME.xml&WTmodLoc=USNewsHome_C1_[Feed]-8&rpc=92

Download some cool Mac OSX files, some also available for Windows

This website has a lot of programs to download for Mac OSX and Windows. Some programs include:

iPod Notes: Create, organize, manage and sync the notes of your iPod.
Slide Show: Slide show and presentation tool for multimedia files, movies, sounds and images.
Secret Folder: Lets you conceal a folder and its contents.
Timer: Stopwatch, alarm clock, countdown and clock utility for Mac.

The site also contains Enligsh-Spanish,German,Italian programs.

http://www.apimac.com/downloads/