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Dear Microsoft, I have recently read quite a lot about the rumor that the new Xbox console will require an ‘always-online’ internet connection. The majority of the feedback I have read has been pretty negative to say the least. As the public have not been fully informed of whether this is true or false or even what it would entail, I’m not sure whether the anger is justified quite yet. What’s interesting is that you haven’t come out with any kind of statement since these rumors. Perhaps you’re looking at a bigger picture and building some hype towards the reveal in June. You might need it as everyone has been singing the praises of the Playstation 4. I’ve been thinking of the positives and negatives of an ‘always-online’ internet connection, the fact they may be taking the chance...
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Ms. Mayer, Empress of all Yahoo!, Hello. My name is Tim Sniffen. I’ve been a Yahoo! junior server administrator for eleven years. It was with a stab of terror that I read your memo asking “all employees with work-from-home arrangements to work in Yahoo! offices.” I realize we’re in a time of crucial transition, and many people will benefit from more personal contact and unscheduled brainstorming sessions. I am not one of those people. Ms. Mayer, you do not want me in your office. For eleven years I have worked at home, thrilled with the arrangement Yahoo! provided. Free from distractions, free from traffic. Free from the burning, judgmental stares of other humans, from the deafening roar of each one drawing breath into their lumbering carcass. Personal contact, Ms. Mayer...
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Twitter, Inc. 1355 Market St, Suite 900 San Francisco, CA 94103 To whom it may concern; On March 4th 2013, a representative of your company, Twitter, INC. Posted on the blog of your microblogging application "Tweetdeck." This post stated that Twitter, INC. Will be forcing users who still prefer the older, "Adobe Air" Tweetdeck application, to transfer to the newer Desktop or Web application. I love the layout and style of the newer application, but it is lacking some major features that many people use on a day to day basis. The first feature being the support of other URL shorteners, such as TinyURL, is.gd, and YOURLS. I lost trust in Bit.ly and j.mp, both owned by bitly™, after they flagged a legitimate blog that I was a member of, as spam. While I know Twitter has the...
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Dear Mr Dorsey You are the creator, co-founder and Chairman of Twitter, arguably one of the largest and best known social media empires. Like millions of others, I use Twitter. Like millions of others I assumed that you “knew your onions”. In other words I trusted that you and your massive corporation knew what they were doing. Technology-wise I assumed you were at least competent, if not ahead of the game. I and 250,000 others have found to our cost that you have dropped the ball Mr Dorsey. Slam-dunked a quarter of a million people. Scored a spectacular own-goal. Your information “security” director, Bob Lord informs us that about 250,000 users' passwords had been stolen, as well as usernames, emails and other data. Oh but thank you so much for advising me and the other 249,999 of this...
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Dear Mr Loft, In these times of global warming, recession, and exhortations by Governments to reduce our energy consumption and the carbon footprint, are you aware of the lack of a contribution you and your Homebase stores are making? You may be aware that some 25% of household energy bills are composed of lighting costs. You may also be aware that there has been something of a revolution in the lighting industry in the last decade, with Compact Fluorescent “energy efficient” bulbs taking over from the traditional wasteful incandescent bulbs, and more recently, with LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs being the successor to CFL, halogen and fluorescent strip lights. LED bulbs use much less energy than other bulbs, do not generate heat, are versatile and come in a variety of shapes and...
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I've only ever been on the other side of an administration; I'm normally the one getting up early to try and get 20 per cent off a TV or a few Xbox games for cheap. This year, for 2013, I'm the one in the firing line. Approximately one hour before I was meant to close my store, I was informed of the news not by my manager, not even by my area manager, but by Sky News. My employer, Jessops incase you hadn't already guessed, was in administration with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. I'll tell you a little more about working for Jessops. It's cushty. Don't get me wrong, there are alot of things that make me lose my shit whilst working; most unfortunate is the fact that they have hands and heartbeats, but I still insanely enjoy my job. I'm a photographer; I have an incredible knowledge of...
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Dear Mr Glickman. When I go to the cinema, I go to see one of your (or your rivals’) films and I am prepared to sit through a number of new and fresh trailers that tell me what new films I might choose to go and see in the future. That’s all well and good. If I like the film you have produced, then I may well buy it on Blu-Ray DVD later. But the watching of a film in the privacy of my own home should be a different experience to the movie theatre/cinema. I usually have a limited amount of time to see the film. Perhaps a couple of hours before bed, or before I go pick up the kids from school, or maybe I stretch the limited tolerance and impatience of the people I am watching the film with before they get fidgety and want to see something else or go off and do something else....
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Dear Mr President Your Space Agency, NASA, have announced that they plan to put man on Mars by 2037. That is some 80 years after the first space escapade; the successful launch of Sputnik 1 by the then U.S.S.R. The main thrust of the plan is to begin to build extend our “civilisation” onto other planets. Oh yes, and to see if there is or was any life on Mars. Since the landing on the Moon in 1969 many trillions of dollars have been spent on space travel and subsequent expeditions to the moon. What has been the result? Apart from a damaging “space race” between the then two greatest worlds super powers that could have spilt over into nuclear Armageddon, what else was achieved? The invention of Teflon non-stick coating for saucepans, and Velcro hook and eye fastening are two. Oh and a...
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Not that I’m promoting stalking, or saying you’re doing it all wrong, but I thought stalking was something like that scene from Friends, (the one where Phoebe accidentally ends up dating the stalker meant for her sister.) Okay, that’s an example of stalking going right, but still. In the present day there is no need to even leave your house, with the click of a few buttons we all seem to be doing that thing we call “Facebook stalking” from the comfort of our sofas. Adding ‘Facebook‘ in front of ‘stalking‘ does not make it okay girls and boys. You don’t even need to be on your sofa in fact, with the power of smartphones you can be walking down the street checking out what your ex did last Friday. Isn’t it all getting a bit weird? Studies have shown that we are all getting...
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Dear Twitter, When I first saw you, it was love at first site. I knew we would connect. We connected. We continued staying connected. Until one day you closed down my account, god only knows for what reason. After you closed my account I wrote you a love letter, but you ignored me. I hated you for a while. I thought you were not fair, you were cold, you were evil. But then time heals all wounds. Years later, I proceeded to open up a new account. After all, bygones are bygones… Besides, there was a time when in all fairness we really connected… Just as expected, when I opened up my new account, you have sent me an email asking me to verify my email address. This I wouldn't really have minded, if it had worked. Firstly you ask me whether I am human (no, Twitter, I am an alien...
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