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JR's Dog Training | Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

This is the first in a many-part series on businesses with whom I've recently had either extremely positive or extremely negative experiences. For the sake of courtesy, I'm kicking it off with a positive one.

JR's Dog Training

Montreal-Area: 514-631-7478
North America: 1-877-631-7478

info@jrdogtraining.com

Many of you already know that I've recently adopted a 10 month-old mutt. His name is Ryu, and he looks like a hyena reject from a Japanese anime movie. He's a cross of a multitude of breeds; best guesses approximate something like 50% Lab (temperament), 25% Grey or Sighthound (body and energy level), 25% Pitbull (jawline), and 125% submissive pushover. He is probably the most gentle dog I have ever met. He adores women and follows them around everywhere they go - though I'm not yet sure if this is simply part of his personality or if it's something he's already picked up on from hanging out with me too much.

My new 10-month old Hyena Puppy.

Note: Not really a Hyena.

Also like his alpha, he can be clumsy, awkward, stubborn, and often confused as to what's expected of him. He and I was in dire need of some training. The rescue I adopted him from (Eleven Eleven - highly recommended as well) suggested I get in touch with Joe Rosen (of, you guessed it, JR's Dog Training in Montreal) to get started on lessons right away. I mostly wanted to make sure he was clean in the house and heeled well with me when we go jogging, but halfway through the training I realized that JR was in fact giving me all the tools and information I needed to raise what was becoming, in essence, the perfect dog.


Inept Customer Service Series | Saturday, November 1st, 2008

This is from an item that I ordered on October 7th:

Late Shipping

Nothing I've ever ordered from the U.S. via USPS had ever taken more than 7 business days from the time I submitted the order until it arrived on my doorstep. It took one week for the company to process the order (all items which were marked "in stock"), nearly one week for USPS to fully ship it... and then it spent ten more days at Canadian customs.


Apple Fascism: Culture Of Secrecy | Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Joe Nocera from the NYTimes:

“Apple simply can’t be trusted to tell the truth[...]. Under Mr. Jobs, Apple has created a culture of secrecy that has served it well in many ways — the speculation over which products Apple will unveil at the annual MacWorld conference has been one of the company’s best marketing tools. But that same culture poisons its corporate governance. Apple tells analysts far less about its operations than most companies do. It turns low-level decisions into state secrets. Directors are often left out of the loop. And it dissembles with impunity.”

Jobs' retort:

“This is Steve Jobs,” he began. “You think I’m an arrogant [expletive] who thinks he’s above the law, and I think you’re a slime bucket who gets most of his facts wrong.”

Charming.

Enjoy your iPhones! :D


Microsoft offers bid for Yahoo, web sucks less. | Friday, February 1st, 2008

Microsoft has offered to buy the search engine company Yahoo for $44.6bn in cash and shares.

The offer, contained in a letter to Yahoo's board, is 62% above Yahoo's closing share price on Thursday.

Yahoo cut its revenue forecasts earlier this week and said it would have to spend an additional $300m this year trying to revive the company.

It has been struggling in recent years to compete with Google, which has also been a competitor to Microsoft.

If you would've asked me how I felt about this a couple years ago, I would've jumped on the anti-MS bandwagon with everyone else and worried that Microsoft would ruin Yahoo and her spin-offs, but today, Yahoo is the company that needs to be saved - and why not by Microsoft?


Microsoft buys small share of Facebook | Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Microsoft acquires chapter of Facebook

Microsoft Corp. found a friend in Facebook on Wednesday, paying $240 million for a small slice of the rapidly growing social networking Web site.

The deal, for which Microsoft reportedly beat archrival Google, expands the Redmond company's advertising relationship with Facebook and gives it an ownership stake in one of the hottest online properties.

But the companies were immediately questioned about the $15 billion value that the deal places on Facebook, which puts Microsoft's ownership interest at 1.6 percent. Earlier reports of that figure raised concerns about possible overvaluation of Facebook and other "Web 2.0" sites.

"Obviously, $15 billion is a pretty big number for Facebook," said analyst Brad Reback of CIBC World Markets, in the first question of a conference call in which the companies discussed the agreement. He noted that Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer was recently quoted commenting on the "faddish nature" of social networking Web sites.

[...]

"You can sit back and watch how this partnership is going to develop," the Microsoft executive said during the conference call. "There's a lot more we're going to be doing together."

Emphasis mine. Not incredibly newsworthy, but an interesting move and play out (Microsoft beating out Google). The idea that there will be further cooperation between the Redmond giant and Facebook is intriguing as well.