Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's heeeeeeeere!


In other news...Office Pro 2007 is still $89 through Sept. 15...

...this weekend we said our official goodbyes to Nico and Mariann. The pain of our parting was matched only by the pain of our overstuffed stomachs from lunch at Bubba Gump...

...Jeff's back, new and improved - come see for yourself! Also, we're adding a new member to our team. Be sure to stop by and say Aloha to Kelli, who'll be starting just as soon as HR gets the paperwork processed...

...HCC people - we've got a new facebook page just for you! Fan us! AND we'll be having Tech Daze 2008 up there on the breezeway all next week. Stop by to play with the equipment and register to win free stuff - and I mean GOOD free stuff! Altair will be up there on the 4th for "Meet the Geek Day", so write down all your questions and see if you can stump him. Roland will be there on the 5th to talk to anyone who has questions about departmental purchasing...

...MCC people - be there for the Bookstore Grand Opening on the 4th. Sales, games and GOOD PRIZES. Yours-truly will be in da house (am I too old to use "da"?), so stop by and say hey...

Okay, that's it for now. I'm closing the shop today and it's just about time to hit the lights and give the stragglers the oh-so-subtle hint that we wanna go home. Blog ya later!

Friday, August 22, 2008


Okay, the mystery SEEMS to be solved with the missing Adobe Student Licensed Software. It seems that, instead of shipping via air, it all wound up on a cargo ship. I finally got the tracking number on it from my vendor. The last time FedEx scanned it was on the 18th in Mira Loma, CA. No official ETA on it according to FedEX, BUT our receiving department did get a call asking to schedule a large drop on Monday. Soooooooo....

...IF this stuff is with that order they called about...

...and IF the truck drops as scheduled...

...we should, in THEORY have this stuff on Monday. Now, please bear in mind that even if everything gets delivered, there's still about 800+ pieces of this software that must be counted, sorted and tagged before we can sell anything. So please don't show up at 8:00am looking for it. FedEx delivers mid-day normally and it'll take us a few hours to process everything. Once it's all ready, if you're on our wait list, we will call or e-mail you ASAP. I will also post here and on Facebook immediately once it's all available.

In other news, congrats to all the lucky people who entered and won in our NSO resource fair drawing. Check out Facebook for photos of their smiling faces!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The good, the bad and the ugly

The savvy movie fan will note that the photo of Clint Eastwood shown above is technically NOT from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"; that's him as The Man With No Name from "Fist Full of Dollars". At a previous job I pursuaded the people making IDs to put that same photo on my ID in place of my lovely face. I wanted to run an experiment to see how long it took the unobservant security guards to notice the error.

One year later I quit to move here. It was never found out.

Anyway, hey, awesome news! First, the Adobe student licensing HAS SHIPPED AT LAST. Looks like it's coming via UPS ground, but we should have it in a week. After contract issue we had invoice issues and then a credit limit issue - since I ordered about $250K of the stuff. But it's all be resolved and is on it's way. Yippeeeeee!

Next, Microsoft is having pity on all you poor starving college kids, grossly underpaid staff and faculty (tell me about it!) AND underfunded departments and is going to be offering Office 2007 Pro for PC for (drum roll) $89. No, that is NOT the student license - it's the regular boxed version. Yes, it allows multiple installs! Yes, departments and non-UH academics can buy it! No, I'm not kidding!

Unfortuneately, poor widdle Mac folks, you always get the shaft. The best deal I can do for you is $20 off. Both of these sales will start Monday, the 11th and run through Sept 15th.

All iMacs are back in stock. We'd run out of 3 models while I was out, but we begged and pleaded and got them back in WITH the continued $50 discount. Boo-yah! Also, got some more MacBooks and Pros, and we'll continue to hold our present discounting throughout the BTS season.

New Sonys are on their way, including one model we're gonna start at just $689. Because yes, we are just that awesome. Look for a pricelist up on our website by next week.

Now for the bad and the ugly news (cue the violins)...prices on HP toner cartridges are starting to rise dramatically, and I now find myself having to start raising prices for the first time since I got here almost 3 years ago. Stinks, don't it? Me, I lay the blame squarely in the hands of Ben Bernanke and the Fed govenors who, by printing money out of thin air to bail out bankers are devaluing your savings and paychecks. Nice of them, eh? Reward the irresponsible with money stolen from the honest and hard-working. And if you REALLY wanna know what I think of these jerks, feel free to stop in to the store and engage me antytime. A caution - only do so if you have PLENTY OF TIME to listen to me rant.

Anyway, I promise I'll try to hold prices down as long as I can. The next shoe to fall will be us being hit with fuel surcharges on the shipping, but it hasn't hit yet.