Well I can actually say that Vonage is gone for good in my household. Yes, I did post my temporary fix of the consistent hang-ups problem in post Vonage Connection Problems Solved by Switching Cordless Phones, but after about 5 days the problems came back. I’m a bit miffed by this because the 5.8 Ghz phone I bought is pretty ugly and looks like the cell phone used by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
Well, today I have Verizon coming to my house to turn on a land line. Yes, I feel like crap because I’ve been a Vonage customer simply because of my disdain for Verizon. But now I’m stuck.
The straw that broke the camel’s back was when I needed call 911 for an emergency and could not keep the phone connected for more than 5 seconds. I had to leave the house to find my celophane to make the call again to 911. This could have been a big problem.
So for me, yes, Vonage is leaving. But you know, I don’t feel so guilty considering that Vonage has been found guilty of patent infringement in three cases with Verizon. The decision requires that Vonage fork out 58 million dollars.
You can only bet that Vonage will pass this new expense on to their customers. Say bye bye to 29 dollars a month.
I’m willing to bet that Vonage would eventually be consumed by Verizon to help extend the offerings of their own VOIP service, Verizon VoiceWing.
I finally had to come to the realization that Tony Danza rocks…especially when I received this cool Photoshop rendering of Danzig/Danza. All you Misfit fans will get a kick out of this. I know, short posts today, but a good one at that :)
Tonight while watching Desperate Housewives my eyes were blasted with a new marketing campaign for Windows Vista. The whole concept revolves around the idea of “The WOW Starts Now!”
Wow, I guess we are to be thrilled about Vista being released. So much that MS has trademark yet another common word: WOW. So for now I need to pay MS not only license fees for using SQL Server 2005, but also when I see a scantily clad woman running down the street (yes, I have a bad habit of yelling out WOW!). Oops, there goes a few extra dollars to Microsoft.
So how does this relate to a potato chip that causes diarrhea? Well, some of you probably remember back in the mid-90s, Frito-Lay released a fat-free potato chip called Lay’s WOW Chips. The magical ingredient in this product was olestra…a really neat chemical that caused stomach cramps and diarrhea. This was such a cool thing that the FDA actually required Frito-Lay to place that warning on the bag of chips.
So what should you take away from this? Maybe something to the effect that since Microsoft has trademarked WOW! then maybe they should print warning labels on the back of the Vista packaging. Hopefully the warnings won’t include “causes diarrhea or stomach cramps.”
Either way, with all new products, use them with caution and keep handy a roll of toilet paper. I can’t wait to see Apple’s response to the WOW! Campaign.
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Many of you probably think that with a name like Tony Rocks that I would occasionally Rock Out once and a while. Well, yes that is true, but I haven’t been to a good show since I saw English Beat some time last year.
I decided to put together a list of the concerts (at least the ones I could remember) going to when I wore a younger man’s clothes.
- Tori Amos
- John Paul Jones
- The Toasters
- Butthole Surfers
- Bad Religion
- Green Day
- Flaming Lips
- Stone Temple Pilots
- Poison (yep)
- Warrant (oh yeah)
- Stryper (EVEN BETTER)
- Blind Mellon
- Lenny Kravitz
- Janes Addiction (yeah!)
- Robbie Krieger Band
- RUN DMC (THE ROOF!)
- Live (ick)
- KC and the Sunshine Band (Get down tonight)
That’s about all I’ll list for now. Yes, I’ve been to many more than 20, but I don’t want to use up all my webhosting bandwidth.
Feel free to reply with a comment about which concerts you’ve been to.
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