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.


Mumford & Sons is still on my Hit List! :-)

I can’t help it, Mumford & Sons current album, “Sigh No More” is just excellent.

This British Folk Rock band is just fantastic. With a fresh sound, including great vocals, plucky banjo playing and intriguing lyrics, they are at the top of my charts and will remain there for a while. Just what I needed :-).

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You can get the CD here  or just download the mp3 version here.

I hope some of you like them as much as I do.

I love cats…

I just wanted to pass along this post that a friend shared on Facebook today. Cats are truly beautiful beings…IMHO.

“I love cats because I love my home, and after a while they become its visible soul.”

– Jean Cocteau

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Above: Princess Lana “Bean” or “The Beaner”

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.

Now this is COLD!

Video: Ohio lighthouse turned into ice by cold weather – Telegraph.

Ok, so this was back in December, but it is still an amazing example of how cold this winter has been. Things seem to have warmed up a bit, but the fat cold lady may not have sung her last for this season yet.