Archive for the 'Technology' Category

I’ll concede that this is funny (but they’re still has-beens).

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Personally, I plan on cremation.

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

I can’t remember if we even covered the Walmart casket news, but I’ll certainly cover this. Via Boing Boing:

But I don’t want to join Facebook!!!

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Yet I really want to read this: Wal-Mart’s Facebook page administrator has been regularly posting updates and responding to wall posts. It recently launched a new charity-related application—something that worked wonders for Target’s Facebook page—and another app to promote holiday gifts. Wal-Mart is also encouraging employee interaction on the page. With 1.4 million employees in […]

HOW MANY YEARS DID THIS TAKE…?

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The wires are flooded that Walmart is emulating to emulate on-line powerhouse Amazon by offering products from other vendors. It’s a smart move since it costs essentially nothing and harvests free money just lying around on the Internet. From the San Francisco Chronicle: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has launched an addition to its online business that […]

THREADED REPLIES AT WRITING ON THE WAL…

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Those writing comments will notice that, thanks to our web sorceress, we now have threaded replies. This means that regardless of the time a reply is posted, it will appear immediately beneath the comment you reply to. This will be a great boon for me, at least. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

WALMART VS. GREEN DAY… REAX…

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

The Walmart-Is-Censoring-Green-Day meme is grabbing traction but there’s no merit in the claim. Freedom of the press belongs to the person who owns the press. There is no censorshipt here. Here’s a sampling of the 549,000 Google hits on the story. Green Day lashes out at Wal-Mart policy Green Day: Wal-Mart not in 21st century […]

I’M WITH WALMART ON THIS ONE…

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

The musicians of Green Day have their panties in a bunch because Walmart has declined to carry their CD unless the group remixes the songs so that they don’t earn a Parental Warning label. That’s Walmart’s right as a retailer. Their store, their rules. [G]uitarist Mike Dirnt said: “As the biggest record store in the […]

BREAKING WALMART NEWS FROM TWITTER…

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Do you Twit err. Tweet? I did for about three weeks and then I figured out that it was about as useful as an ethics manual at a public relations agency. We build our communities through our conversations, but not like this: From Business Week: Twitter is already becoming one of the first places people […]

CAN WALMART OUT AMAZON AMAZON…?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Walmart is not Amazon. It’s that simple, but Walmart executives don’t believe that. Walmart has inventory and buildings where customers shop and employees who clean and those buildings. Amazon doesn’t. And that means they don’t have to pay for all of that. The dinosaur, the mammal and the hyper-mammal are set for a race. From […]

MAKING BILLIONS… TWO CENTS AT A TIME…

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Back on tax day I posted the blogger at Durango Texas’ lament that Walmart was purposefully stealing his two cents. Now another blogger has commented on his initial post with a detailed account of how the process works, like the house in any casino… Always in Walmart’s favor. Stephen writes: The Associated Press, among others, […]

Profit per Employee

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

I stated the other day that Walmart was actually performing poorly compared to some of its peers and that one of the reasons was its employment policy. Here’s a report that provides some data to my contention. The authors propose using profit per employee as a measure of how well a corporation is doing. Walmart […]

WALMART’S TWO-CENTS WORTH…

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

The blogger at Durango Texas noticed a two-cent difference between the post price of milk ($1.98/gallon) and the price at the check-out ($2/gallon). Two cents isn’t enough to make you hassle with customer service, but how much is it worth to Walmart? I suspect Wal-Mart employs psychologists, just like Microsoft does, to try and figure […]

SMILEYMAN… SMILEYMAN…

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

… does whatever a smiley can he feckin’ wants. Jack Neff at Ad Age is clearly enamored with Walmart online. And just as clearly, Jack hasn’t taken a long look at the consistent way Walmart stumbles about in cyber space like a superhero with a cattle prod up his bum. On Monday Jack wrote: There […]

Not even close.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

I’ve been a U2 fan since they were considered indie and I was in high school, so I just downloaded the new album, “No Line on the Horizon.” I got it from Amazon for an astonishing $3.99. Did you ever imagine a major new album release could ever retail for $3.99? What’s the Walmart price? […]

In which I get all nostalgic.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

This is from Jacksonville.com: I have many fond memories of us here at the Writing on the Wal debating libertarian lunatics about whether huge lines outside of Walmarts meant that Walmart jobs were good or whether the economy was bad. [Indeed, Jeff was holding down the fort on this front before I even got here.] […]