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Are Penny Auctions a Scam?

by on Jul.17, 2011, under technology, thoughts

If you haven’t heard, someone was lucky enough to buy a Chevy Camero for only $5.28. Now, if you actually read the article, you’ll notice a very important detail: this car was bought off a “penny auction” site. These sites, like quibids.com, are becoming more and more popular. Recently, I’ve had a couple of my friends ask me my opinion on these sites: are they a scam? It certainly sounds too good to be true. But, I will give this sites credit: real people do win real items from these sites. In this sense, these sites are not a scam.

So, how exactly do these sites operate? How can anyone run a profitable business by selling $1,000 products for about $20? The answer isn’t generous owners. While we might like to think that there are people that generous in this world, it’s simply not a sustainable business model. Click through to the rest of the post, and I’ll do my best to explain how these sites work, and why you shouldn’t (or maybe should) waste your time.
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Obligatory Google+ Post

by on Jul.03, 2011, under technology, thoughts

Well, here it is — my actual post about Google+.

For those of you who still haven’t heard, the bird is the word Google+ is Google’s new social networking experiment. Their response to Facebook, if you will. Google has more-or-less tried this before, with Buzz, but Buzz never really took off. At this point, it’s difficult for me to tell what Google’s strategy is for how Google+ and Buzz will coexist. Right now, they seem to be completely separate, yet strangely intertwined. I have a feeling that as Google+ develops, it will eventually completely replace Buzz.

I hope this is helpful. Unfortunately, I’ve left out screenshots for now. I’ll try to get some in later this week to better illustrate what I’m talking about. Added screenshots July 4 @ 11:50 PM.

Now that you know what Google+ is, click through to read an overview of my view of the evolution of Google+, a review of the UI, and my general thoughts on things.
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