Archive for November, 2009

Christmas Meet-up of all Meet-ups

Copy and pasted directly out of an email sent to me.

What: Christmas / Holiday Meetup of Meetups 2.0

When: December 15, 2009 6:00 PM (note that this is a Tuesday and not Wednesday)

Ceilis Irish Pub – (Dublin Room)
670 Smithe Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1E3

This is the Meetup of all Meetups that we are associated with here in Vancouver. We have joined forces with the likes of the Third Tuesday Meetup then Vancouver Blogger’s Meetup, the Real Estate Technology Meetup the Vancouver Sales Meetup and the Young Professionals Meetup for one big year end social mixer. We have several other Meetup’s involved and as we confirm their involvement they will be added to the list.

Many of these Meetups share the same members and same goals; to help people connect, share best practices and create community. This event has a slightly different format than our regular Meetup. We expect 350 + people to attend and would appreciate your RSVP asap.

Door prizes valued up to $500.00 donated by The Vancouver Board of Trade, Ceilis Irish Pub, Reachd, and Ubertor as well as several other organizations have been provided.

This is an opportunity to expand your network, connect, and have fun in a casual atmosphere.

Your first drink is on The Sociable! Guys (Stephen Jagger and Shane Gibson ) and Ceilis. A donation of $10.00 to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau or ideally an unwrapped new toy is appreciated (they’re very low this year and demand is high).


6:00 pm Arrive, get your free drink ticket and your Meetup Badge
6:30 pm 5 minute welcome and thanks to the sponsors
6:35 pm til late: Positive community building and networking anarchy! Have fun
8:00 pm twitpic of the night award.

If you’re a member of multiple meetups you will get more than one invite. Simply RSVP yes for one and no for the rest to reduce redundant e-mails and invites.

Important Notes:

Ceilis will also be offering a couple food specials at the event.
If you’re doing to drink please arrange a drive home with a designated driver or taxi
Drinking and twittering or updating FaceBook should be done while seated or leaning against a bar to avoid shaky photo syndrome. Photos will be taken at the event and posted on flickr and FaceBook so we would strongly suggest not wearing any lampshades on your head etc. unless that is part of your online branding strategy.

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World’s Poor bear the burden of climate change harshest of all

Reported today on BBC’s Website “Poor Women ‘Bear Climate Burden'”.

Complete link to story here:

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Rogers. You are Infuriating.

My blackberry has died before my contract is up.  I told my cousin about this (he’s a lawyer but that’s not why I told him – I told him because he was on my couch and we were playing video games when the phone died) . He was pretty excited to hear about this because in BC there is a statute that says goods should last a “reasonable” period of time, regardless of what the warranty is.  Here, I’ll prove it:

Implied conditions as to quality or fitness

18 Subject to this and any other Act, there is no implied warranty or condition as to the quality or fitness for any particular purpose of goods supplied under a contract of sale or lease, except as follows:

(a) if the buyer or lessee, expressly or by implication, makes known to the seller or lessor the particular purpose for which the goods are required, so as to show that the buyer or lessee relies on the seller’s or lessor’s skill or judgment, and the goods are of a description that it is in the course of the seller’s or lessor’s business to supply, whether the seller or lessor is the manufacturer or not, there is an implied condition that the goods are reasonably fit for that purpose; except that in the case of a contract for the sale or lease of a specified article under its patent or other trade name, there is no implied condition as to its fitness for any particular purpose;

(b) if goods are bought by description from a seller or lessor who deals in goods of that description, whether the seller or lessor is the manufacturer or not, there is an implied condition that the goods are of merchantable quality; but if the buyer or lessee has examined the goods there is no implied condition as regards defects that the examination ought to have revealed;

(c) there is an implied condition that the goods will be durable for a reasonable period of time having regard to the use to which they would normally be put and to all the surrounding circumstances of the sale or lease;

(d) an implied warranty or condition as to quality or fitness for a particular purpose may be annexed by the usage of trade;

(e) an express warranty or condition does not negative a warranty or condition implied by this Act unless inconsistent with it.

What this piece of law above says to me is that if your are sold a phone with a contract attached lasting three years, you should be able to expect that phone to last 3 years.

What actually happens is that RIM sells Rogers a phone and says, “Only a chump would expect that to last longer than 1 year, we’ll include a 1 year manufactures warranty”.  Rogers says, “Thanks RIM, we’ll take it from here”.  Rogers sells me that phone for 3 years knowing that it will break sometime after the 1 year period is up but technology being so exciting and handheld GPSs being all that they are, they expect me to throw caution to the wind. Which I suppose I did, and people continue to do this all the time.  Rogers (or any cell phone company) say, ok customer, you’ve locked in with us for $150 for 36 months ($5400) but we know your phone will break after 1 year – if your phone makes it to 2 years, we’ll allow you a “free” upgrade.  If it doesn’t make it to 2 years, for every month remaining we’ll charge you $10 to break that part of the contract.

I ended up speaking to many people there, but the 3rd+ guy I spoke to, Zavn, also told me that Rogers had nothing to do with the hardware and wouldn’t be reasoned with. Even when I explained to him that if Nike sells me a pair of running shoes, and if for some reason those shoes are defective, I don’t go back to the originial factory in Indonesia and demand a refund, I go back to the Nike store.  In much the same way I paid Rogers for the phone (regardless of who made it because I didn’t personally pay RIM for the phone) they should be responsible. Especially if they want me to complete my 3 year contract.

So here we stand.

Me on one side, and Rogers on the other.  I’m weighing my options. They did offer me a “free” phone to renew for another 3 years (which as discussed is really not particularly free, it’s an additional $5400 bringing the total to $10,800 for 6 years of cellular use), but I said that only a fool repeats the same behaviour expecting different outcomes.

Some advice to avoid this? Don’t buy a phone with a contract that extends beyond the manufacturers warranty.  Rogers will make you pay the retail price for a  replacement to get you to the end of the contract; if you would like another “free” phone, you will have to sign on for another 3 years. It was unclear to me when that 3 years would start.  From the day you sign up, or beginning at the end of the present contract.  Weather it’s at the start of the contract or the middle of the contract you will end up paying retail for the phone.  At least do it knowingly.

Do you know anyone that’s put their finger in a mouse trap? Twice??

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