Are you a smart shopper?

I have come to believe that you’re a smart shopper if the stock price of the company whose products you consistently buy keeps on going up.

Since my move to Apple products, and since the time I bought AAPL stock, it has gone up roughly about 10%. I own a Mac, an iPhone, Airport Extreme and Express, couple iPods, and some Apple software. It is the best operating system I have ever used, and I find Objective C so much better than anything else I have seen, it is amazing. Java and even C# were more than inspired by Objective C.

Similarly, I am a big fan of OS hardware and software virtualization, and most importantly VMWare. The last few months have seen EMC’s stock price skyrocket along with moving towards a spectacular rating by stock analysts.

I use Tide to do my laundry. The PG stock is one of the best performing stocks in NYSE right now.

I think the only stock not doing relatively well (at least in my opinion) for which I am a regular customer is Microsoft. But then, there’s really no competitor to the Xbox 360 right now!

Water Restrictions @ Restaurants

Just read about this…City of Durham has enacted ‘Stage III Moderate Mandatory Conservation of the City of Durham’s Water Conservation Ordinance’ effective today. While the goal remains to reduce water consumption by about 30% in light of the current drought conditions, the thing that surprised me for a bit was the following restriction:

‘Do not serve water in a restaurant or similar establishment except upon request’

Talk about a drought!

Free email no longer charming enough

I just realized that I have completely transitioned myself out of using any sort of free email service (Gmail, Hotmail, etc.). One of the lures of free email used to be the cost associated with getting our own domain, along with hosting services, but thanks to mass consumer adoption and services like Google Apps for Domains, that no longer holds true.

If I am scared of spam, I just create a temporary email address on my domain; if I am scared of running out of storage, well, Google provides 2 GB!

Apart from my personal domain, I now use .Mac for almost everything else. It costs a lot, but is more than just an email service.

I wonder if this is going to be an increasing trend as people move away from free email services for personal communication.