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Friday, April 17, 2009

The Real "Citizens on Patrol"

If you have watched Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol, this Newark Police project, featured by the NY Times, should be familiar. It even has almost the same objective: to spread good will about the police force.

Captain Susan Cole, the program coordinator has this to say,

“Seniors are home during the day, they see a lot, they’re staples in their community,” Captain Cole said. “They know a lot of people. They are the eyes and ears who can assist the Police Department. They’re the ones who can bring back that ‘it takes a village’ kind of community because somewhere along the way we’ve lost that.”

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Susan Boyle vs Cynics and Skeptics, Inc

Soul-moving rendition from an unexpected but exceptionally-talented lady. Simply amazing. Kudos, Susan!

Watch the YouTube video.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

A lot of hurt from an ad

I'm hearing a moans and groans from the Mac fanboys!  Just look at the number of comments from the Engadget blog regarding the ads with Lauren and Giampaulo.
While the previous Microsoft responses to the "I'm a Mac" ads have been utterly lame, these new ones hit the right spot on.  The current state of the economy have made these ads that show frugality resonate with the viewers.  Lauren and Giampaulo both lambast the Macs on their price.  Lauren shows us that we don't need to be cool to buy a Mac, as being cool = having $.  Giampaulo, however, set some pretty high standards and ended up buying a laptop that has somewhat the opposite of those standards (battery life on an HDX?? Helloooo!).  But then again, one must remember that these are ads, and they are actors -- not some random dudettes and dudes on the street.

Something odd is going on though.  They both preferred HP.  You can totally change the Microsoft logo on the ad with an HP one, and still deliver a similar message.  Is HP paying for this ad?  Or is this a favor from Microsoft?  Remember the Vista Ready program?  HP is now experimenting with both Ubuntu (Mi = Mobile Internet) and Google Android program.  This ad could be a boost to get back HP deep into the Microsoft fold.

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