Archive for the ‘bidness’ Category

Oh, Costco is Selling Apple Stuff Again: iPods and iPads with a Modest Discount of $15 Or So

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

One supposes the great Apple Costco Spat of Aught-Ten is over, seeing as you can walk right in to Costco #144 and score an iPod Touch or Nano or, soon enough, an iPad Air or Mini or whatnot.

Apparently Canadian Costcos are getting iPhones now but supplies will be spotty in the U.S. depending on region and carrier.

(The last time I bought an iPod at a Costco it was co-branded with HP, believe it or not.)

Or if you really want to save money, there’s always the Apple Refurbished Store.

Anyway, enjoy.

The Perfect Follow-Up to @HiddenCash? It’s @SFHiddenBitcoin, Of Course! – Will YOU Find a Hidden BitCoin Wallet?

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Presenting @SFHiddenBitcoin.

It’s new, it’s you!

Look, these people even hid some Bitcoin (current market value = $20 or so) at Mark Zuckerberg’s house(?) in the Mission-ish area:

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Will YOU find an aluminum BC wallet? IDK, but you can’t win if you don’t play.

114 Followers can’t be wrong!

In closing, AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Amazingly, Our Local Postal Service Opens Its Doors Earlier on a Saturday Than UPS Does Monday Through Friday

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Here you go, here are the hours for USPS Clayton Station 94117 in the Upper Haight:

Compare that with the opening time for the big UPS Customer Center at 320 San Bruno Ave.

Well forget about Saturday ’cause the UPS aint even open on Saturdays. And M-F, the UPS begrudgingly opens at 9:30 AM.

I’ll tell you, a few decades back, UPS outperformed the Post Office in all aspects. But these days, for a lot of aspects, it’s hard to tell much of a diff.

IMO.

What Mayor Ed Lee Is Doing Tomorrow: The “HSBC Made for Trade” Tour – Hey, Is Trade Good or Should We “Buy Local?”

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The “HSBC Made for Trade Tour” is blowing through town tomorrow – sked below.

Observations:

- So “trade” is good? I thought we were supposed to “buy local?” I don’t have a beef against international trade myself, but I’m a little surprised to see SFGov participating in this trade love-fest.

- Isn’t the Bay Area Council Economic Institute now discredited owing to the recent America’s Cup fiasco? I think so. And yet here there are popping up as if nothing at all is wrong. Here you go, this BACEI report was a laugh riot: The America’s Cup: Economic Impacts of a Match on San Francisco Bay. Check it, potential “economic benefits” of “$9.9 billion,” whatever that meant. And a “fleet of super yachts” was supposed to motor through the Panama Canal and then shower riches upon us in some sort of Build It And They Will Come aquatic cargo cult. Hey! Perhaps the BACEI could gin up a report for how great the 2024 Olympics would be for us – wouldn’t that be a nice encore?

- And isn’t our Chinese Consulate the Locus of Espionage for Northern California? I think so. Or name me a better one, gentle reader? Anyway, here they come, as if nothing’s a matter.

Here you go, here’s the pitch:

HSBC Made for Trade is a national conversation with leaders in business, government, industry and academia about the role of global trade in today’s economy. This national tour looks at the contribution of the international flow of goods, services and capital to the U.S. economy, and the opportunities for American businesses brought about by global trade.”

And here’s tomorrow’s agenda:

Program Agenda

Financing The Future
The Palace Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

11:00 a.m.
Welcome 
Steve Bottomley
Head of Commercial Banking, North America, HSBC

11:05 a.m.
Innovative Policy Approaches To Support Globalization
Deputy Assistant Secretary Ted Dean
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

11:15 a.m.
Trade In The Bay Area: Investment And Global Financial Flows
Introduction by Steve Bottomley
Head of Commercial Banking, North America, HSBC
Moderated by Andrew S. Ross
Business Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
Dr. Sean Randolph
President & CEO, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Additional commentary from:
Deputy Assistant Secretary Ted Dean
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Debra J. Lodge
Head of RMB FX Business Development, North America, HSBC Global Markets
Xia Xiang
Economic and Commercial Counselor, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, San Francisco

12:00 p.m.
Keynote Remarks
Introduction by Steve Bottomley
Head of Commercial Banking, North America, HSBC
The Honorable Edwin M. Lee
Mayor, City of San Francisco

12:20 p.m.
Lunch Served
Marlon Young
Chief Executive Officer, Americas, HSBC Private Bank

12:40 p.m.
Panel Discussion: How Bay Area Businesses Are Fueling The 
Future Of America
Introduction by Marlon Young
Chief Executive Officer, Americas, HSBC Private Bank
Moderated by Jim Wunderman
President and CEO, Bay Area Council
Benedict J. Bowler
Treasurer, Matson, Inc.
Lisa Peschcke-Koedt
Vice President, Global Tax and Customs, Cisco Systems, Inc.
Johan Nystedt
Vice President and Global Treasurer, Levi Strauss & Co.
Dan Shapero
Vice President, Talent Solutions, LinkedIn

1:25 p.m.
California And The Business Of Trade
Introduction by Marlon Young
Chief Executive Officer, Americas, HSBC Private Bank
Kish Rajan
Director, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

1:35 p.m.
Closing Remarks 

Look at All the Useless Things You Can Buy at the Hilton from the Most Expensive Vending Machine in the World

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

One supposes some business travelers can simply expense these kinds of purchases?

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But if you need a brass knuckles case for your iPhone like right now…

San Francisco, Where You Can Still Get a $10 Haircut (If You Travel Out to the Inner Richmond, That Is)

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

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Renewed Chevron Station on Fell Street: “Proudly”

Friday, April 18th, 2014

‘Cause like before, they were embarrassed about the situation:

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Billboards that Say, “What If My Tax Preparer is Not Legal?” Well, I _Completely_ Misunderstood This Ad Campaign

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

What does this mean to you?

As seen in gentrified Hayes Valley:

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To me, it meant what if your tax preparer got caught overstaying his visa and then got deported and then who the hell would defend your return come audit time and that’s why you ought to hire a fully-fledged ‘Murican to help you with your taxes.

I’m srsly.

But it turns out that it’s just a rent-seeking trade guild.

I’ll tell you, I know a little bit about how people get into trouble with such alphabet soups as the IRS, the BOE and the FTB. (Oh man, if an auditor asks a bar owner why he why buys 200 kegs a month but only sells 50, you know, officially, he’ll start talking about employee theft and spoilage and, gee, look at all that beer in the lines, well that’s probably 100 keg’s worth right there.)

So that’s real life.

But I aint ever met anybody who needed to worry about, “What If My Tax Preparer is Not Legal?”

Just saying.

Target Announces Free Credit Monitoring and Identity Theft Protection for Its Customers – All the Deets

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Should you do this, should you worry about this issue?

IDK, there are pros and cons.

But if you’re already freaked out, then this is for you.

(Do normal people ever give money to Experian, you know, buy their “products?” I never have…)

All the deets:

Visit creditmonitoring.target.com to request an activation code and read below for details on how the offer works.

Last week, Target announced that we would offer one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all Target guests who shopped U.S. stores, to provide an added safeguard following the recent data breach.

After a thorough review of options, Target has chosen ProtectMyID, provided by Experian—a leading global information services company that helps individuals understand and keep track of their credit reports, as well as monitor for and resolve identity theft. Request an activation code before April 23, 2014 and then register for the offer through ProtectMyID before April 30, 2014.

In addition to a complimentary copy of their credit report, guests who sign up will receive daily credit monitoring, identity theft insurance (except where prohibited by law), and have access to personalized assistance from a highly trained Fraud Resolution Agent. Access to the Fraud Resolution Agent will continue even after other benefits of the initial one-year ProtectMyID membership expire. After 12 months, those who register have the option to continue their memberships at their own expense.

This ProtectMyID package includes the necessary tools guests need for credit monitoring and identity theft protection. It does not include Experian credit score or reports from Equifax and TransUnion. When visiting the enrollment site, guests will have the option to purchase these additional products at their own expense if they choose, but are not required to purchase a credit score to receive the benefits of credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

How to Enroll

Enrolling online is fast, secure, easy and accessible at any time. Here’s how to register:

  1. Visit creditmonitoring.target.com to request an activation code. Guests will be required to submit their name and an email address. After submitting their information, Target will email guests within 1-5 days with their unique activation code and directions for how to enroll in ProtectMyID. Guests should look for this email and check that it does not end up in a “junk” mailbox. Emails collected during this process will only be used for the purpose of sending an activation code for free credit monitoring.
  2. After guests receive their activation code from Target, they may visit www.protectmyid.com/target and use the code to start the enrollment process. It will be important for guests to verify the code they enter matches the notification they received from Target. Also, guests must be sure to click the red “Click to Redeem Your Activation Code” button (or use the “ENTER” key).
  3. Enroll in ProtectMyID: Guests will need to provide Experian with personal information, such as name, address, date of birth and social security number. Experian asks for personal information so that identities can be verified during the registration process and future log-ins. This is strictly a security measure to ensure no one else, including Target, will have access to your information.
  4. After completing these steps, guests can begin to take advantage of all the ProtectMyID features.

Visit our Credit Monitoring FAQ to learn more about the offer and find answers to commonly asked questions. Continue to visit Target.com/databreach for the latest news and updates and to verify all official communication from Target.”

What’s This, the NeMA Building Version of The Bachelor? Software-American Kyle Zink Stars in Unusual WSJ Ad

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Here it is, writer Sarah Tilton’s latest in the Wall Street Journal:

How Techies Are Transforming San Francisco - A generation of technology workers is bringing startups, venture capitalists—and high real-estate prices.”

And here’s a Dewar’s Profile of a NeMa Building resident who doesn’t seem embarrassed to live there.

Kicking it on the rooftop with a nice mug of Smitten Brand Ice Cream no doubt:

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