Nick MacKechnie
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Parking tickets at Malls - Priceless

Wednesday, 30 June 2010 02:42 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

Malls in Christchurch over the past few months have started to impose time limits of parking at the mall e.g.: 120 minutes by means to deter people from using it as free parking spot for other activities. I’m not a big fan of going to the mall to look about, I typically research things to death online, then shoot in and out as quickly as possible. We’ve been caught a few times with $40 fines for exceeding the 2 hour limit (for legitimate shopping), and I was venting at a mate who told me this wonderful story.

A lady from NZ Bank shot into a Christchurch mall, and was greeted with a $40 fine upon returning to the vehicle for being there for 2.5 hours. Given the industry she worked in, she understood the costs incurred by businesses of depositing cheques, so rather than sending in a cheque for $40, decided to send in 40 x $1 cheques.

So here’s the maths:

Cost of parking fine for browsing and purchasing goods at the mall -$40

Cost to Mall Management of depositing a cheque0.65c (40 x 0.65)

$40 - $26 =$14

(fine) - (bank fees) = (satisfaction)

The individual received a letter with the 40 cheques in it stating that the fine was wiped – priceless.

Nick

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Microsoft Store launched online

Monday, 17 November 2008 23:00 by Nick MacKechnie

CaptureGo to www.MicrosoftStore.com and find the largest selection of Microsoft software, devices and hardware.  There are lots of reasons to visit the store:

· Immediate software download option with the largest download catalog of Microsoft titles

· Simple and secure purchase – all at your fingertips

· Most up-to-date selection of and information on your favorite Microsoft products including Xbox, Zune, Office, Windows and much more

Also checkout the Microsoft Store Contest where you can win weekly prizes.

The Microsoft Store at the .com domain is for the U.S., but the UK, Germany and Korea have their own stores, too. Coming soon are Japan, France, Spain and the Netherlands. Other countries will have stores come online throughout the year.

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Airport scanners won't blur privates…..

Wednesday, 22 October 2008 02:33 by Nick MacKechnie

Well this could be a great job… or a damn scarey one! :-)

Domestic travellers leaving Melbourne Airport over the next six weeks will be asked to test new security scanners that can see through clothing.

The scanner uses a low energy X-ray to reveal any objects, metal or otherwise, under a person's clothing, including body features. The testing will be entirely voluntary during the trial, which is being undertaken to test how the new scanners would affect the flow of passengers through the security point.

Full article is here.

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Police Get Geeky with Twitter

Wednesday, 10 September 2008 01:22 by Nick MacKechnie

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Police in Scottsdale, Arizona are using the micro blogging service to send out alerts on pertinent town information such as road closings, traffic problems, power outages and severe weather warnings. Although Twitter’s track record of periodically not working isn’t a good fit for disseminating critical information, more communities looking to get the word out may see Twitter as an easy to use broadcast system – I thought this was an interesting thing, and kinda cool…

Nick.

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Kevin Kelly: Predicting the next 5,000 days of the web

Friday, 15 August 2008 08:13 by Nick MacKechnie

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