When will Apple learn of online shopping?

I know I am biased when I talk about Apple.  I am a Google fan-boy and an Open Source advocate.  Apple doesn’t go well with it.  But even I’ve been heard giving the credit where it’s due.  In the same way, I’ve been heard criticizing Google at times.  Now, it’s Apple time.  Big time.

People were scared of online shopping back in 1998.  Companies were slow to adopt it, worrying about fraud and such.  But these days, in March of 2012, online shopping is a done deal pretty much.  Everybody who needs it, has it.  Everybody knows how to use it.  And so on and so forth.

One would assume, Apple, being one of the leading technology companies, would be sitting tightly on the bandwagon.  And they do.  A bit.  If you are in the USA.  Or maybe a few other countries.  But if you are in Cyprus, which is, by the way, a member of the European Union, here’s how you do online shopping with Apple.

You donwload a PDF file, print it out, fill the form, and fax (!!!) it to Apple.  And then you wait… Really Apple, fax?  What happened to online purchasing?  After all, there are only $99 and $299 options there.  It’s not like I’m buying an airplane. #FAIL

Best of “Just for Laughs”

I’ve seen “Just for Laughs” TV comedy program a few times.  Some of their gigs aren’t that bad, but mostly it’s a bit silly.  A few days ago though I came across a compilation of their best stuff in a single YouTube video.  While not all of it is super supreme, a few gigs are nothing short of brilliant.  I think it’s worth the time.

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Signs of spring, 2012

It’s been a while since I pointed you, my dear reader, to the Big Picture blog.  I had to catch up with it myself.  While browsing through the horrible pictures of refugees and natural disasters, all of which are very sad and pessimistic, I came across a beautiful collection of images that capture the signs of this year’s spring coming.  It is these images – peaceful, beautiful, breathtaking – that I want to share with you.

The wedding

For the last week or so I’ve been particularly silent and offline, except, maybe, for my Foursquare check-ins.  The reason for that was my brother’s wedding.

A lot of family flew in from Russia and Urkaine.  They stayed for a few days and we had to show them around.  Gladly, everything went through OK.  All we need now is a week or so to get back to the routine and detox.

P.S.: Official wedding pictures and images aren’t out yet, so I had to shamelessly steal the above image from Facebook.

Weekly digest – 2012-03-25