17 Sep, 2008 | Posted by: photosource

by Bill Hopkins

Amazon Ends


Discount Policy

Photo book buyers:

In February, we told you about a great price guarantee program at Amazon.com. If they lowered their price within 30 days of your purchase, you could request a refund of the difference, even if they lowered the price multiple times. Well, it must have been very popular, because effective 9/1/08, the policy was discontinued. That's really a shame, because having you watch for price drops keeps you coming back again and again to their marketplace.

Bad Bats Again

We're talking about rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Remember the Aflaming laptops? It's not so bad this time.
Some iPod Nanos have suffered from a meltdown due to defective batteries. So far, the problem seems isolated to batteries from a single supplier, affecting first-generation Nanos that were sold between 9/05 and 12/06.
Given the high turnover of these kinds of electronic devices, you've probably already upgraded to another model. But it may be worth checking to see if you might have one of these around and/or still in use. (This may not affect U.S. products and may be an isolated case, as the report came from Tokyo.) Visit http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2099 for further info

ISP Imposed Download Limit

Comcast, in an effort to manage bandwidth on its network, announced that beginning Oct. 1, it would start limiting the amount of data users can download.
The limit is set at 250Gb of traffic per month. If you go over, you get a phone call. If you go over again in the next 6 months, you get cut off for a year. For comparison, their typical customer uses between 2 and 3Gb per month (likely does not include businesses who pay higher fees for higher speeds and bandwidth).
Comcast is not alone in trying to figure out how to deal with the profusion of Internet activity, particularly that small subset of extremely heavy users making extensive use of file-sharing applications (we're not going to get into the discussion of moral or legal issues on that hot potato).
As video-on-demand, Internet gaming, and other uses increase, the problem will only grow. A few other ISPs such as Time Warner Cable (Road Runner) began testing a billing system that would charge customers for usage beyond a specified point. AT&T has said that metered billing (like your electricity) is inevitable.

Bill Hopkins is the Webmaster of PhotoSourceFolio* (www.photosourcefolio.com) and a regular contributor to PhotoStockNotes. Send comments via e-mail to wh[at]photosourcefolio[dot]com. Fax: 1 818 831-0916. For on-line questions, contact Bill on the Kracker Barrel at www.photosource.com/board.

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