What's the Point of "No Name"? 
Back in the day, "no name" was a generic moniker for store brand products. They were supposed to be cheaper because they didn't spend money on marketing.

At some point, Loblaw's capitalized on this by actually calling their store brand "No Name". We all know the plain yellow packaging. That was clever on their part, and all well and good.

Now I'm confused though. I saw a TV commercial for No Name products. Isn't that completely contrary to what they're supposed to be?

I thought we were supposed to believe that they were cheaper because they didn't spend money on marketing. So if they're spending money on marketing, beyond just store displays to the point of actually airing TV commercials... then why are they cheaper? Where are they cutting the costs from?

A lot of people think store brands are cheaper because they're inferior. To be sure, many of them are... but now it would seem that they should be expected to be. I mean... if they're not saving money on marketing... then what's the point?

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In Installed Windows 8 And It's Annoying 
Last night I installed the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a virtual machine so I could play around with the new interface and see what all the hubbub is about.

My initial reactions really aren't positive. With the new Metro interface, I really got the impression that it probably works well on a tablet, but it's a big hindrance on a workstation. Everything jumps to full screen mode. There's no obvious way to close programs. Solitaire doesn't work in a remote desktop session. How the hell do you break Solitaire??

The interface seems to randomly jump back to the old style now and then, depending on what program you run, but it's still missing any sort of traditional start menu to run other programs.

I found that there was a general lack of tool tips on icons so I had no idea what they did, and right-clicking stuff never seemed to do anything of value. I guess you can't right-click with your finger on a touchscreen, so they just didn't bother with it.

Overall, I'm really quite disappointed. I understand the convergence of operating systems between phones and tablets. Apple did it, and Google did it, and it makes sense.

Converging the desktop interface just doesn't make any sense at all though. I mean... why do I need to keep hitting the Windows key to get out of programs? Why can't I just click on the other window to go do something there... besides the fact that there seems to be no other windows.

I know this is just a preview and there could be major changes coming. I HOPE there are major changes coming. Otherwise I suppose it'll be Windows 7 for the next generation for me. Why not? I'm still running Windows XP at work.

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I Made Pies! 
I'm not sure I've ever done a food post here, but here you go. I made these and they were delicious!!

Firstly, turkey pot pies, made from some of the leftover xmas turkey... which I'm still eating... still...



They were awesome! And hey... it was a different way to eat the turkey.

And for dessert...



Delicious cherry pies! I only got to eat one of those. The slightly gimpy one came about because I used the wrong plastic bit to cut out the top piece and cut big lines through it. I'm just happy it ended up pie-like and was still delicious. I gave my wife the awesome looking one. :)

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Merry Christmas, Everyone! 
Merry Christmas, and my very best wishes to you and yours for all the holiday season!!

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The Titanic Slide?? 
On my way in to work this morning, I saw a truck with big pictures on the side of various party novelties. I expect they're one of those party rental companies where you get bouncy castles and what not.

What I found particularly disturbing though was that one of the major items was a Titanic themed slide.

Seriously. For a small fee, you can have your children laughing and playing while re-enacting the deaths of 1500 or so people. What fun!



Is it just me or is this in really bad taste? Wasn't that an unthinkable tragedy?

What's next? An Auschwitz-themed bouncy castle? Would that be ok??

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