Posts Tagged ‘usb’

Here’s What You Need: A USB-Powered “Humping Dog” That You Can Plug Into Your PC

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

“Does as names suggests when plugged into laptop USB port”

As seen in the 415:

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This spunky mutt will not stop, until you pull him out.”

Collect all three!

ClearWire’s 4G Coverage in San Francisco Doesn’t Look All That Bad, Actually – Look at the Richmond District, For Example

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

After dealing with San Francisco’s “nightmarish” process to get some antennas up in the Bernal area, it looks as if our corporate overlords are ready to get crowing about 4G in in the 415.

Of course, some San Francisco residents recently lost against some NIMBYs, but what about the Richmond District? Look at all them operational antennas:

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Now, I guess the light green areas aren’t guaranteed to have good service but this is a start, non?

Does this mean you can get a free USB antenna dongle and $20 a month for 4G to use around the city on your laptop, netbook, iPad, whatever? I think so.

Anyway, CLEAR wants you to know all the deets:

“World Series Rings and a 4G Network

Well San Francisco, first you win the World Series, then a few months later your city is lit up with a 4G network. Not a bad way to ring in the New Year! As 2010 winds down, CLEAR is pleased to formally add San Francisco to its list of cities now covered by the CLEAR 4G network.

New customers can take advantage of CLEAR’s online-only mobile internet promotion to receive a 50% discount on their service plan for the first two months, with overnight shipping included and no activation fee. This promotion is available at www.clear.com/san-francisco for a limited time, so check it out today!

San Francisco was not our first rodeo, but building out this network to cover 4 million new people was no easy task. In recent weeks, our tower technicians have been working day and night to ensure coverage throughout the city. That is a lot of work, but one of our technicians in San Francisco told us that “a tremendous amount of caffeine, cookies and kabobs were consumed to keep team members happy and awake, so we could get the sites on air.”

There are now hundreds of sites in our San Francisco coverage area and we’ll continue to add sites over time to ensure we are delivering the best customer experience possible. There is a good chance you may actually have seen several of our antennas already but not noticed them, as we do our best to keep them camouflaged within the area’s surroundings. Next time you see a cross on a church or an odd-looking palm tree, it just might be one of our 4G cell sites!

One question we often hear is, “Why would CLEAR launch a major city like San Francisco months after other smaller cities?” There are a number of factors; one obvious one being the difficulty of building the kind of state-of-the-art network required to cover a city as large, populated, and topographically unique as San Francisco.  It takes a significant amount of planning, mapping, and specialized engineering to place cell sites in specific locations to provide for optimal performance of a 4G wireless network, so we can satisfy the demands of customers whether they’re using the network at a park, on BART or in a high-rise office or apartment building. Still, we’re happy to do it if it means bringing the people of San Francisco awesome 4G speeds at a reasonable price. You can visit www.clear.com/san-francisco to take advantage of our promotion for new San Francisco customers, and start the year off right!”

Barbie’s VideoGirl Street Team Revealed: San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Ends This Afternoon

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

They’re here. Right now. Giving away Barbie dolls avec built-in video camerasand pink docking stations for your iPod ‘n stuff.

At last report, they were hanging out in Union Square. Show them something pink and you could win big. Get in on the action here.

Find these people and win, win, win:

The team travels to Los Angeles next, and then Chicago and New York.

You Can’t Win if You Don’t Play…

OMG, Barbie Doll Video Camera Scavenger Hunt in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 20!

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Barbie is coming to the 415 on Tuesday, 7-20-10. That means that, if you want, you can get on the Twitter and the Foursquare to get clues to find the Street Team to win a free VIDEO GIRL Barbie doll/digital camcorder and other swag.

It’s going to be the biggest thing ever. Follow the action here starting at 10:00 on Toosday. (NB: Barbs is currently checked in at her dream house in Malibu. Srsly.) The deets:

“It’s Lights, Barbie, Action time! To celebrate the launch of Video Girl Barbie – a doll that records all of the fun with a built-in video camera – Barbie is putting on a scavenger hunt in San Francisco! Thought you and your readers might be interested in spending some time with Barbie, getting in on the adventure and going on a real-life hunt for prizes, free swag and, of course, a totally dollicious time!

Using location-based social media tool Foursquare (www.foursquare.com) to keep everyone apprised of her whereabouts, Barbie will “check-in” to a mix of fun and fashionable venues in San Francisco.To participate in the hunt, fans can follow along via video and text clues that Barbie leaves on Twitter (@BarbieStyle) and Foursquare (@BarbieStyle).

And, for those that “follow” the fun, there will be limited edition Video Girl swag including a chance to win your very own Video Girl!”

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iJustine explains how VG barbie works:

Like a backwards Tele-Tubby, non?

Enjoy!

Complete rules: http://alldolldup.typepad.com/all_dolld_up/2010/07/video-girl-scavenger-hunt-lights-barbie-action.html
RSVP to the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/barbie?v=app_2344061033#!/event.php?eid=138435432851331&index=1.
More on the doll:
http://www.barbie.com/videogirl/
iJustine goes behind-the-scene with Video Girl:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSCfbSKSxMc

Graduation Gifts 2010 – Is the Apple iPad “The Best Way to Experience the Web?” No.

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

I’ll tell you, back in my day, the ideal graduation gift for rich kids was a baby BMW of some sort – you know, with a giant bow atop a convertible roof. But Steve Jobs is trying to upset the Apple cart by getting people to think that an iPad is the best gift for matriculates.

I don’t know, maybe it is. However, this new ad campaign… 

…says the iPad is ”The Best Way to Experience the Web.”

First of all, Apple means the best portable way to experience the web, right? And then, what’s this deal about using the word ”experience” as a verb? (Is “experiencing the web” a passive event like watching a movie? Are you a creator, at least sometimes, or a merely a consumer of the Web? Mmmm.)

Anywho, the big beef, of course, if the absence of Adobe’s Flash. I know that it, like a strong federal government, might whither away at some point, as Lenin said, but we aint there yet, comrade. In 2010, anyway, You Can’t “Experience” the Web Without Flash.

The smaller beef would be the absence of industry-standard inputs and outputs. I’ll tell you, I wouldn’t trade my aging netbook, which is worth about $100 and was somewhat crippled by one of the many Intel vs. NVIDIA spats, for any kind of iPad. I mean, iPads can’t run Photoshop or nothing, right? (BTW, is there an App for Photoshop? I’d like to see what that would look like. Srsly.) Oh, to run ‘Shop I’d need a MacBook Air (Apple’s name for their expensive netbook with hinges that used to fall apart if you looked at them the wrong way) or a four-figure laptop? Oh, O.K.

Hey kids, you’ve taken your SATs, right? Try this:

Regular Web is to expensive, portable, compromised iPad Web as

Regular bike is to expensive, portable, compromised Dahon Brompton bike.

Brompton folding bikes are nice for the people who use them for commuting. (They’re pretty expensive, and there are a lot of design compromises involved of course.) These things are popular, but are they The Best Way to Experience Cycling? Hells no. 

A regular bike is cheaper AND better for most people of course. 

Just saying. 

(Time’s tide will smother you, Apple.)

Shouldn’t all Candy be “Shining in Colors of the Cheeks of a Snow-Country Child?”

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

From IchiBan Kan dollar store at 1625 Post Street, home of the USB Humping Dog, comes candy with a detailed backstory. Let’s read the package:

“Every drop of fresh apple juice, carefully pressed from the reddest apples, shining in colors of the cheeks of a snow-country child, is yours to enjoy in each soft and juicy Kasugai Apple Gummy.”

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USB-Powered Humping Dog Novelty Now Available in San Francisco

Monday, August 11th, 2008

A brief contest to find the schlockiest gift item available in central San Francisco yesterday resulted with a clear winner – a USB Humping Dog. According to the helpful sign:

“Does as names suggests when plugged into USB laptop port.”

And it’s only $11.50, per the Ichiban Kan Web Team. This goes to show that 241 Yelp commenters can’t be wrong.

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Remember:

I will keep humping until disconnected.”

Available in Husky, Akita and Doberman. Collect them all!