<![CDATA[Ross Weems - Blog]]>Wed, 30 Dec 2015 18:04:37 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Sometimes technology is really useful!]]>Tue, 29 Dec 2015 03:47:01 GMThttp://www.rossweems.info/blog/sometimes-technology-is-really-usefulA few nights ago on a whim, we decided to take my daughter and her friend to see Star Wars The Force Awakens. (Her friend had never seen any Star Wars movies, but that is another story)

We got out of the car and headed to the get our tickets.  To my surprise I could not find my wallet located in its normal location.  This is not good, we did not have time to to go back so I quickly called my wife to bring me card.  While she was getting ready to head out, I decided to try and buy the tickets at the automated location just outside the theater.  When it was time t complete my order, I decided to stick my iPhone close to the reader to see if it accepted Apple Pay (It said nothing about this anywhere) and to my surprise I saw the screen pop up did my Touch ID and boom tickets purchased!  I quickly called my wife and told her not too worry, since I got the ticket with Apple Pay.  Now here is the point.  Sometimes technology can be more painful than it is worth, but when companies pay attention and put the customers needs first it can be useful.  To be fair, I am not really looking at Apple as much as the companies that have decided to implement NFC.  
In the end it all worked out the movie place got my money (And Apple Pay worked inside for popcorn and drinks) I got to watch my movie, and Apple got some split I am sure.  

In the end Technology just worked!
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<![CDATA[Flappy Birds]]>Wed, 19 Feb 2014 05:29:06 GMThttp://www.rossweems.info/blog/flappy-birds
I never really heard of Flappy Birds until it was announced that the developer was going to take it down. I believe heard a few people talk about it before then, but honestly did not pay attention.  What happen next was amazing and ubelievable...I downloaded it.  Why?  Why would I download the app with only hours to spare before it would be out of the app store, never to appear again?  I think it was a combination of supply and peer pressure.  

Supply
There was only hours left of supply, so how on earth could I let it be pulled and not have it on my iPhone and iPad?  You could even see that when people were selling devices on Ebay for thousands of dollars.  I am not sure if anyone actually bought those, but ultimately it proved the point that supply was limited.  

Peer Pressure
What would other think if I did not have this game installed on my device?  How would I face my friends and families and not be able to discuss my high score (no, I am not that good at the game) The mechanism to get apps is so dead easy, how could I not download it.  Sure the game is fun, but I am not addicted to it as some appear to be.  But in conversations with friends, how can I not be sure to show how "cool" I am and mention in passing that yes I do have Flappy Birds on my phone?

Flappy Birds exploded so quickly in part to the things I have mentioned above...did I mention I have this app on my phone? :)
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