Online shoe wars

shoe warsZappos has become the go to site for online shoe shopping. They have almost every brand, and even have an upscale site setup for the expensive shoes of the world.

They have been forced to step up recently, as that Amazon has launched a shoe site,

The major difference you first notice is, free next day shipping on any purchase made on Endless, until the other day when Zappos fought back.

Zappos now has free overnight shipping on all items through the end of February now.

Endless has come back with an even better offer. Overnight shipping is now NEGATIVE $5. They pay YOU $5 for overnight shipping.

Both sites offer 110% price match, and 365 day return policy.

What’s next? This ongoing battle for the online shoe sales is getting out of control. Personally, I’ve taken advantage of it (and you should too), and purchased a new pair of shoes today from Zappos. I would of gone with Endless, but they don’t have the brand of shoe that I wear.

Flickr users up in arms

Last night, I got a ::insert sarcasm:: oh so friendly email from “The Flickreenos,” telling me that since I’m an “Old Skool Account-Holding Flickr Member” member of the Flickr community, that I now must move my account over to a Yahoo account.

I don’t know if you’ve ever read this blog before, but I tend to dispise Yahoo. Google is my preference when it comes to searching, email, calendar, docs, spreadsheets, notebooks, chat, video, start page, and more. I don’t use Yahoo one bit. Not for anything. Was I glad for the Flickr team when they got purchased by Yahoo, ehh not really. I don’t like Yahoo, never have.

I do love Flickr though. It’s awesome. I even created a successful website “empire” around Flickr, which I later sold for quite a large sum. I even PAY for the Flickr service. Flickr’s announcement also will involve limiting contacts to 3000 (to “improve system performance”), I have to start asking popular Flickr users, to not delete me? I thought Flickr was all about social networking!

There seems to be quite a large number of folks pissed about this. Thomas Hawk chronicles a number of the complainst posted on Flickr’s forums.

zooomrI will NOT be changing my account over to a Yahoo one anytime soon. The cut off is March 15th, and if there isn’t some sort of alternative offered, I will have to reconsider my personal choice in online photo hosting. I currently have an account on Zooomr, of which Thomas Hawk is the CEO. Looks like, I’m not going to be the only one moving my photos over there.

$1.99 for 802.11n on Macs now live

Well you can now pay the $1.99 fee to update your Airport card in your MacBook, iMac, or Mac Pro to the new 802.11n standard. Here is the list of macs that have the hardware installed currently:

  • MacBook Pro with Intel Core 2 Duo
  • MacBook with Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Mac Pro with AirPort Extreme option
  • iMac with Intel Core 2 Duo (except the 17-inch, 1.83GHz iMac)

If you are planning on purchasing the new Airport Extreme Base Station in February when it launches, you won’t need to purchase this $1.99 add-on, it comes included for free.

Personally, I’d wait to see if this hits the torrent sites, or I know a few people who have pre-ordered the Base Station. There shouldn’t be much benefit without a 802.11n enabled router, and I don’t know of any near me.

Upgrade here

Update: Looks like there is already a RapidShare of a certain “file” that may or may not be the aforementioned $1.99 download.

Casio Exilim gets updated

My personal choice in digital P&S camera, just got an update.

size easy

There isn’t much difference in size between this the new EX-Z1050 and the EX-Z1000, but that seems to be the major feature they are touting. It does come in a variety of colors like blue, pink, black, and of course silver.

casio ex-z1050

The Casio EX-Z1000 was the first P&S camera to deliver 10.1 megapixels, and the images it takes are pretty good. It does feature a slightly smaller size screen (2.6″ vs 2.8″), but it is newly developed with a maximum brightness of 1,000 cd/m2 at centre of screen.  Offering 7 shots per second (at 2 megapixels) seems to be a new feature as well.

I don’t think it is worth the price for me to upgrade (something you will rarely hear me say). I also have been eye’ing a few DSLR’s so that might be influencing my decision.

iPod shuffles get colorful

No price drop on the Cinema Displays, shipping for Apple TV is still in Feb with no set date, no quad core Mac Pro’s, and no iLife/iWork updates, but the shuffle snow come in the same colors, with a few exceptions, as the nanos. There is no black shuffle, but an orange instead. Also there is no Product(Red), aka Aids iPod shuffle.

I’ll take a blue