Per TechEBlog, a Best Buy customer identified only as “Ryan” recently purchased a MacBook Pro notebook for a U.S. Best Buy location only to discover a five pound paving stone in place of the US$2164.89 notebook.
When he tried returning the item, the store’s manager stated the following: “Apple seals the boxes, not us. Take it up with Apple.”
Sometimes words fail me.
And this is one of them.
During Apple’s higher-end product releases, we look at the cool new items for sale and wonder what we’d sacrifice for the new Mac Pro or a 17″ MacBook Pro notebook.
According to PC World, one person went a step further and, back in 2000, apparently indirectly traded his kidney for a then-brand-new PowerBook G3.
Back then, Washington, D.C.-area consultant Phil Shapir was advising an elderly couple, who brought up the question as to why Apple didn’t use senior citizens in its advertising. At a certain point, the wife asked her husband, “Why don’t we show him the kidney Powerbook? Maybe he can answer some questions about that computer.”
When Shapiro asked why they call it the “kidney PowerBook,” she said, “My husband donated one of his kidneys to his sister. She asked him what he’d like in return. Without hesitation, he said, ‘I’d love a PowerBook.’”
And he got it.
The guys at TechRestore have sent along the following video of a conversion from an Apple MacBook to Axiotron’s Modbook tablet. (Disclaimer: TechRestore is a PowerPage sponsor.)
The video runs for less than two minutes and uses some undoubtedly nifty stop motion techniques to make it even more interesting:
Take a gander and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.
It looks as if you hosted the Eight original ones as quicktime. They were on the powerpage on April 2, 2007 here is your Archive location
I moved the four new Get a Mac Ads from Japan to your public folder as requested the “OfficeGood” 6MB and “MovieGood” 6MB were translated by Coal on June 7th and “bloated” 12MB was done on the 18th and “practicedrawing” 12MB on the 19th hope you find this satisfactory. you might also want to link to the new UK ones also just so your readers get to see those also without taking up your bandwidth . Some of these would play well in the US I wonder why we do not get some of these scenarios here.
Someone once said that gambling was the finest thing a person could do, provided they were good at it.
Granted, this is paraphrasing, but the same logic still applies; if there’s something interesting out there, people will bet on it, especially if there’s something to win in the end.
Gambling and game site bodog.com has placed odds on which companies Internet giant Google will probably buy next.
Leading the pack is Facebook, the social networking web site that currently stands only second to MySpace. Bettors have currently placed five to one odds in the business and financial section with speculators offering seven to one odds that Google will buy out CNet Networks and the Associated Press.
It’s speculation, but it’s interesting. If you have any ideas or opinions about this, let us know.
Ok, the results are in and the judges have chosen the five best comments to the Microsoft “Amnesty Bin” contest.
As mentioned in Friday’s article, the “Amnesty Bin” is a large plastic bin located in the Microsoft Zune development team’s headquarters. Employees have been encouraged to ditch their current iPods and go exclusively with the Zunes they’ve been working on.
Whether this has been a joke or a morale booster, no one’s quite sure.
So, here we go with the top five comments which we feel best describe the situation:
“How to get iPods for free.” – Sharpe
“We bit off more than we could chew.” – Drew Skinner
“And every night after Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer went home, the Zune team would go and get their iPods back from the bin.” – Geekmouth
“I thought it was a battery recycling bin for older iPods…” – airboyd
“15 Down….50 Million to Go….” – Dave
“Fill this bin by noon or Ballmer dies.” – Samuel Maffei
Thanks for participating and if anyone has a contact within the Zune team’s offices that can shed more light on the Amnesty Bin, we’d love to hear about it.
Congratulations to the winners and if your entry wasn’t selected, we’ve got plenty of chances for fame, fortune and cool prizes in the future.
An “iPod Amnesty Bin” has surfaced over at the Microsoft Zune development headquarters. Here, a plastic bin with a photo of a green apple and the words “Bite me” have been placed out in public, employees being challenged to willingly give up their iPod players.
Per the above image via Flickr, not many have.
According to Macworld News, Apple has declined from commenting, but a spokesperson for Microsoft expressed that she felt the bin might be either a joke or a morale booster for the Zune developers.
Though the Zune player was introduced with moderate, but not overwhelming, success, Microsoft has been working up marketing campaigns around currently available units and released a pink version of the player that’s outsold its white and brown models. A new television commercial also highlights features unique to the device such as wireless song sharing and a built-in FM radio tuner. The company will also offer a “Halo”-themed Zune along with its release of “Halo 3″ later this year.
Also, PowerPage would like to announce a caption contest for the Amnesty Bin photo. While we can’t guarantee cash and riches, the top five will be posted for all to see, thus gaining the respect and admiration of your fellow Mac-heads. Let’s see what you guys can come up with.
As always, your two cents about this would be appreciated.
An article over on MacMerc.com show a full video of a person spinning an assortment of items, among them a DVD, a copy of Maxim magazine, a puzzle and a 15″ MacBook Pro (starting at $2,499 at the Apple Store).
He’s good, but this WILL make your heart seize up and your brain cringe:
If you have any comments or feedback, let us know.