The pain of unexpected phone bills seems to have happened to everyone. Whether it be your kid texting too much, or roaming charges from a cruise ship, the mobile companies always have their ways of getting more of your money.
I went to London with my school when I was in high school. Of course my parents were scared to death of letting me go across the pond without them. I had my phone, it would work over there, it seemed great. Then I arrived in my hotel room, plugged it in to charge and fried my charger. Thanks a lot UK electricity! Well my phone died and I didn’t have my annoying parents calling me all the time while I was on vacation, it was great. They freaked a bit, but I let them know every few days I was ok.
This infographic says that the VoIP service Skype is the cheapest option for communication between countries. With free video chatting to other computers it can’t be beat, but if you want a mobile solution check out some other ways for [avoiding a large phone bill when traveling].Share This Infographic
Meme is quite the buzzword on the internet. Believe it or not, if you’ve spent more than 30 minutes on YouTube or StumbleUpon, you’ve most likely come across many memes on the internet. From troll faces to Xzibit, almost anything can become an overnight celebrity due to the internet’s power of sharing. So what is a meme? Is it just geeky stuff people post on weird websites?
Memes are any idea or behavior that people spread to one another, usually through repetitive use. The Wikipedia page for memes is enlightening, I had no idea there was so much background to such a simple concept.
Although many things qualify as memes, today’s infographic focuses mostly on things that appear on the internet. I should also mention that today’s post is actually a video, so you may have to occasionally pause if you want to catch every bit of information. On a final note, Xzibit is aware of his meme and he doesn’t like it…so be careful if you’re going to start memes of your own. [Via]Share This Infographic
My friends and I are self-professed grammar geeks. Upon hearing Alanis Morissette’s 90s hit “Ironic” on the radio, a worn out discussion usually breaks out: is she using the word “ironic” correctly? Yes, you can roll your eyes now. But, seriously, “It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife” is not really ironic, is it? (And I know that this discussion is more worn out than your favorite gym shorts…)
Today’s infographic supports my argument, but it also schools me against using “literally” as an emphatic “really,” and reminds me that politely chuckling does not a bemused person make. Some of the distinctions seem fairly close, as in the case of “plethora,” but a lot of these are good reminders. Whether this inforgraphic warms your heart or not, take a look to see if you are guilty of any of the offenses below. [Via]Share This Infographic
As people grow into their refined music tastes, moving from top 40 hits to alternative rock stations and beyond, one might wonder how they formed their preferences. Maybe your parents blasting old records had more of an influence than you once thought. Because STYX, Alice Cooper and Pink Floyd aren’t included, my music taste is untraceable, but maybe this infographic will ring true to you. [Via]Share This Infographic
To be frank I am not a fan of Wal-Mart, it is an awful company. I have nothing against big business, but Wal-Mart is a monster. Being from Austin, TX I’m a little bias towards local business, the very thing Wal-Mart runs to the ground. The way they do business screws everyone involved, but Wal-Mart.
Amazon on the other hand is a company I respect. Much younger than Wal-Mart they have reached a number one ranking in both retail brand marketing and customer service. As a student I have taken advantage of the free premium membership, giving me free shipping on already cheap textbooks. It’s hard to believe that Amazon started out just selling books when you see the the enormous selection they have now.
They also offer video streaming, mp3 service, and have the kindle. Wal-Mart has yet to enter the internet in a big way and they will have to do something really big in order to be able to compete with Amazon. Even with their enormous growth Amazon continues to be about the customer, ensuring timely shipping of products and great customer support.[via]Share This Infographic