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Saturday, May 02, 2021

So I finally got my swag from running that No Fear “Earn Some Cred” contest: A 12-pack of double-shot cans of No Fear Energy Bloodshot and a black No Fear t-shirt.

I have to say, I was anticipating just giving away both prizes. I’m not much for chugging energy drinks, and No Fear’s branding is really a better fit for someone 10-20 years younger than my 37-year-old hide. Such concerns were why I originally had misgivings about taking Tara up on the offer of hosting the giveaway.

But, now that I’ve got the stuff in my hot little hands, I do think I’ll keep it. I tried a can of Bloodshot, and I like it. I figured the blood orange (blood orange, bloodshot — get it?) and dragonfruit flavoring would be citrusy-bitter enough that it would suit my palate, and I was right. It doesn’t taste nearly as sugary-sweet as Red Bull or the other ultra-caffeinated fizzy drinks. It’s definitely not for everyone — for instance, the inimitable Marvo of The Impulsive Buy gave it a thumbs-down. But I like it. Which I’m sure means that it’ll fail to catch on and be discontinued soon enough, much like the similarly-flavored and long-extinct 180, which I also liked.

As for the t-shirt, I was pleasantly surprised by the super-stylized No Fear logo on it. If you squint, you can see it on the contest image above (the third shirt on the right). For some reason, it comes off as less skateboarder-ish than the standard skull-and-wings orange-bordered version. So I can see myself wearing it, and so I will. Besides, at a Large size, it’s too big to hand down to my 8-year-old nephew, so I might as well make use of it myself.

No telling how long either the t-shirt or the 12-pack will last me. Maybe long enough until the next trinket giveaway comes my way.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/02/2021 01:59pm
Category: Fashion, Food
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a third
It’s a ridiculously thin excuse for a news piece (is it supposed to be a quick-hit item, or an unfinished article spec?), but this Fortune Tech Daily piece on positioning the iPhone and its apps as more small-business appropriate than BlackBerry contains an interesting measure of how people stretch the capabilities of mobile devices:

[Jason Miller, owner of San Diego construction and design company Wise Man, says] his managers travel among construction sites, and they use an iPhone app called Air Sharing to trade blueprints and time-tracking software TSheets to monitor workers’ hours. The GasBag app helps the team find the lowest fuel prices in San Diego County. Miller, who says he has spent about $100 on iPhone software, personally does about 30% of his “computing” on the iPhone, the rest on an office desktop.

I can relate, because I estimate that I also do about a third of my daily online work via the iPhone platform — but, crucially, I use my iPod Touch. The chief limitation I have is dependence upon a wi-fi connection to accomplish my tasks, unlike iPhone users who have their data/phone connection. If I had an iPhone, I’d be able to get even more done; if Verizon Wireless and Apple really do link up, I’m probably there. As it is, since I’m in New York, finding a wireless connection while on the go isn’t too much of a hassle (although again, not as automatic as having a built-in signal).

It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who makes use of his pocket-sized device so effectively. Among other things it tells me that netbooks probably have a short lifespan.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 05/02/2021 12:40pm
Category: Business, Wi-Fi, iPhone, iPod
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