Netflix kicks users in Pocketbook!

Nice job Netflix! Way to screw over your loyal customers, yessiree!

We just got this nice little notice from Netflix:

We are separating unlimited DVDs by mail and unlimited streaming into two separate plans to better reflect the costs of each. Now our members have a choice: a streaming only plan, a DVD only plan, or both.

Your current $9.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:

   Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
   Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 1 out at-a-time (no streaming) for $7.99 a month

Your price for getting both of these plans will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99). You don’t need to do anything to continue your memberships for both unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs.

These prices will start for charges on or after September 1, 2011.”

Yes, we need do nothing to continue getting the services we wanted for over 50% MORE than before. Gee, thanks. You don’t even offer any package discount for people who would like to continue both services? Even the money hungry cable networks offer us that type of discount! Why so greedy, Netflix? Have we not been loyal and helped to make you the streaming and movie delivery powerhouse you are today? And this is the “Thanks” us loyal subscribers get for our patronage? SHAME ON YOU, NETFLIX!

Hopefully people will complain and even discontinue service in an attempt to get you to pay attention to your users and Do the Right Thing! Give people the option of having a “package” price that gives you a discount for purchasing multiple services.


The Daily – A magazine for tomorrow, Today.

The Daily has been out for almost a month now and for most people it is still giving away two weeks of free subscription time to try it out. As an avid iPad user I have been exploring it since it was released on February 2, 2011. Many people have both liked it and dumped on it in the tech blogs, but for myself, it has become my #1 iPad News Entertainment source.

When I was young I used to enjoy paging through magazines like Time and Newsweek, and even an occasional People. But until the Daily, there was nothing that really fit that experience and brought it into this decade of techno-wizardy. Sure, I have iBooks, the Kindle for iPad app and Zinio magazines, not to mention the the NYTimes, Popular Science and several other magazine reading apps, but none of them brought with it the feeling of reading a “magazine”. The Daily does that for me, along with a little bit of extra magic to make me feel like I am reading something from Harry Potter’s world, with live video and moving pictures amidst all my textual news. Sure, it does not have all the many categories that you might find in many online and print newspapers, but it does deliver a rich entertaining experience for consuming a bit of world news, gossip, a smidgen of tech and a crossword puzzle.., oh yes, and Sports too!

As a free download and only $.99/wk or $39.99/year it is a great deal and I look forward to subscribing.

Fix your iPhone alarm if it still failed today!

So your single use alarm still didn’t go off on January 3rd like Apple said it would? Well you can fix this by editing your alarm once and then saving it. Just change the time or name and save. You may then re-edit to your previous settings. Apparently a non-repeating alarm saved previously will may not go off on some iPhones, as was the case with mine, a 3GS running 4.2.1 firmware.

Just tested the re-saved alarms and all went off without a hitch.