Annoy-A-Tron 2.0

There should be an image here!The Annoy-A-Tron 2.0 features six sound choices plus volume control. For effective deployment, we humbly suggest the following sound and volume combinations, but you can conduct your own field research for more insight.

  • 15kHz (Teen Buzz tone — young folks can hear it, older folks cannot!) (full volume)
  • Cricket chirping (medium/low volume) IM Doorbell (low volume)
  • Grating Electronic noise (full volume)
  • Typical Electronic Beep (medium volume)

The cricket chirping sound is interesting because someone will instinctively look near the ground when trying to locate a cricket. So, placing the Annoy-a-tron several feet or more above the ground will help to obscure its location. The 15kHz sound is also interesting because this frequency range of sound cannot be heard by everyone. In older adults or those with deteriorated hearing (a condition known as presbycusis), this high frequency sound will not be audible, while others will clearly hear the sound and find it quite annoying. They also might think they are going crazy because people nearby will report that they don’t hear anything.

Assuming you have done your part in selecting a suitable hiding location for the Annoy-a-tron, it will do its part to drive your co-workers slowly mad with its short and seemingly random beeps. And when someone does locate the Annoy-a-tron, they’re not going to know what it is — which is almost as much fun as watching them search for it. The Annoy-a-tron 2.0 takes one CR2450 battery (included) and measures approximately 2.5″ x 1.5″ x .35″. It will run for over four weeks on a single battery. Comes with two magnets for great hiding ability.

Twitter Joke Not So Funny After Arrest And Being Banned From Airport For Life

The frustration of it all. We have all been there, stranded in an airport for what seems like an eternity, and uncertainty of when we would get to our destinations. We have also suffered delays because of weather related problems. But one Twitter user thought he was funny when he posted a comment about blowing up the local airport.

The suspect wrote on Twitter:

“You’ve got a week and a bit to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!”

The authorities didn’t see the humor and arrested him as a terrorist. Next he lost his job pending an investigation and came to find out he had been banned from his local airport for life.

Though the suspect claims that his comment was meant as a joke, he isn’t laughing any longer.

I believe in an age where everyone is on edge from the threats by terrorists, joking about blowing something up is no longer funny. No matter how you look at it, this guy deserved to be arrested.

Comments welcome.


Is AT&T Enjoying Messing With iPhone Users?

Since April, AT&T has announced on several occasions that iPhone users would be getting free wi-fi at hot spots. This happened again today when AT&T posted on their web site, the same free wi-fi access. But the offer was later pulled by the company saying it was a mistake. According to this blog:

Call it Wi-Fi whiplash.

Now, free iPhone Wi-Fi is back, complete with a formal announcement from AT&T. iPhone Alley has the scoop:

The announcement now gives free access to Wi-Fi at all of AT&T’s over 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation, including:

    * 12 Airports
* 31 Hotels
* 23 Universities
* 18 Convention Centers
* 5 Sports Centers
* 8,000 + Restaurants
* 700 + Bookstores
* 50 + Supermarkets

What AT&T giveth, AT&T can just as quickly taketh away. Dare iPhone owners get their hopes up this time around?

Update: Hopes dashed again! I can’t decide whether to laugh or weep.

Local AT&T spokesman Dan Feldstein just called to say that, once again, the page discussing free iPhone Wi-Fi was posted in error. At this point, there’s no free AT&T Wi-Fi for iPhone owners.

So there you have it. No free wi-fi for iPhone users. Just a nasty prank by AT&T which says it is just another mistake. If AT&T has this much trouble making mistakes about free wi-fi, it makes one wonder about their accounting department. Is that a joke also?

Comments welcome.


PC World FINALLY Posts Apple Article – What's The Big Deal?

It makes one wonder, what the heck was the big deal about the Apple article that the PC World editor quit over? As with most stories there is more to this than meets the eye. It seems more likely this may have been a power push between the editor and new CEO. But that is their problem.

In reading the Apple article, which may have been toned down, there was really not that much that I personally saw that was inflammatory about the company. To keep piece they even posted another article on what you gotta love about Apple. Again nothing earth shattering.

Which has to make one wonder? Was it just a slow news day? Or was it that Apple is a advertiser of PC World? Or was it just a powerplay? Does anyone care?

One can sit all day coming up with stuff on any company, software, hardware vendors, or for that matter any appliance out there and come up with a dozen or more pros and cons. Heck, I can write about the new car I bought and some of the things I don’t like about it like the speedometer is hard to read since it is only numbered in 20mph increments. But would you care? I doubt it.

So do you care about the good or bad things at Apple or would you just like to hate PC World for putting us through the pain of reading this dribble?

Comments welcome.

PS I’m not linking to either article since I believe this has become a joke. If you are interested in reading the article please do a Google.

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