Archive for February, 2009

Quality = Less Repairs & Customer Loyalty?

Posted in Rants with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2009 by JD

fiesta The Salt Lake Tribune’s Autos section this past  Friday cited a pilot that Ford Motor Company conducted over the course of the past year or two. The pilot was to see what would happen if they increased the overall quality of their vehicles by not cutting corners like usual and going for the cheapest parts available.

This pilot had the most amazing results, nothing anyone could have ever predicted…..required warranty service repairs dropped drastically, saving the company millions of dollars and customer loyalty increased!!

Seriously Ford??? You actually had to pilot a program to see what would happen if you made quality vehicles?? This is just sad and is a true testament as to why the US automakers are in such dire straits right now.

On a lighter note…..Ford did finally figure out that all the cool cars they make for the European market for years just might fly in the US as well.  The EU version of the Ford Fiesta will be introduced stateside in 2011 (and believe me, this is not the ghetto Fiesta we in America know) and they are currently running a contest to find 100 people to be the first to “own” one.  All you have to do is create a short video telling them why you should be chosen and then upload it to Youtube.  100 winners will get to “own” the car for 6 months, plus, Ford pays your gas and insurance.

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Tweetie’s Not a Bird

Posted in Products, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2009 by JD

tweetsI found it, the hands down best Twitter application for the iPhone (in my opionion anyway).

Tweetie does it all and more; I am still finding features that I didn’t know were there.  Honestly, I have not seen a Twitter app yet for the iPhone that does as much as this one; plus, it never crashes and runs as smooth as my baby’s butt. The only problem I’ve had was whiel trying to take a photo to add to my tweet. The camera froze for some reason; but honestly, I am not sure if that was my camera being weird or the app.

Some of my favorite features are (taken from the link above):

  • Ability to handle multiple twitter accounts (although I only have 1 now).
  • View your timeline, replies, direct messages and favorites.
  • Browse your friends and followers.
  • Follow and unfollow people via buttons.
  • Mark tweets as favorites.
  • Inline web browser (this rocks, no flicking back and forth between Safari and the app itself).
  • Post links with automatic link shrinking via bit.ly.
  • Upload pictures to twitpic.com.
  • Update your twitter location.
  • View twitter trends and perform custom searches.
  • Save your favorite searches.
  • Implements the full twitter API.
  • Go to User shortcut
  • Nearby search

If you Tweet and have an iPhone, the $2.99 you pay for this app is the best $2.99 you will ever spend. Pick it up soon and be amazed.

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If I Wasn’t an Apple Junkie

Posted in Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2009 by JD

creativeI wasn’t always an Apple junkie….okay I kind of was; but before I jumped on the iPod band-wagon I was in love with the MP3 players Creative was putting out.  Creative is known more for their superb sound and video cards, so you can only imagine what sound and video they get into  a pocket-size device.  The sound was always especially amazing and blew away anything my iPod produces.

I figured I would look into what Creative has been up to lately, since it’s been quite some time since we last “spoke”.

Their new Zen X-Fi looks pretty damn awesome to me. Video, X-Fi sound, Wireless LAN…the works, but the feature I am most impressed with has to be the X-Fi Audio. Anyone who knows a little something about computer audio knows that Creative’s X-Fi system was created to help restore what compression does to your music in MP3 format.  It makes the music on your MP3 player or home computer sound good again, and believe me it works.  After listening to nothing but MP3’s for so long, you forget what you are missing.  Listen to your favorite song in MP3 form and then go find it on the CD you ripped it from…..now do you realize how much you have been missing?

Being an audio junkie, I’d actually be afraid to get my hands on one of these bad boys.  Creative might just be able to convert me back.  If you aren’t an iPod/iPhone zombie like myself, you really should look into this little piece of equipment that I am sure creates musical bliss.

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Win This Dunny!!

Posted in toys with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2009 by JD

customonday-dustin-cantrell-542x372This plasma Dunny by Dustin Cantrell is by far one of the coolest custom Dunny’s I have ever come across, and guess what? You can win it!!

Read more about it and enter the contest here at Toy Cyte There is also a great interview with the artist himself.