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Without costs more than without…

Mostly out of curiosity, I was just browsing through some notebook configurations at Dell (their German site, that is) and encountered these great options for a security solution which, however, somehow could be improved:

without or without

(1) First line: “without security/antivirus [included]”, without language mentioned, so probably English; second line: “without security/antivirus – German [plus 0.01€]” – So, missing security in German costs 1 cent, and those who don’t speak English have to pay! Or vice versa. Somewhat confusing. ;)

(2) But don’t give up hope, a few lines below you get the same, “without security/antivirus – German [plus 0.00€]”, for free! just 0.00€.

I got weak after all…

… and chose the more expensive but of course clearly better alternative …

40D Screenshot

… and ordered the Canon 40D as my new, “proper” camera. For starters, only with the kit lens EF-S 17-85mm 4.0-5.6 IS USM, and we’ll see what may follow in the future, maybe even a declaration of love like Crosa’s (German, about the EF-S 60 2.8 Macro lens). ;)

And even though the decision was made to at least 90% beforehand, it suits me just fine that Canon has started another cash back promotion for EOS products (from 1 March to 30 June 2008), which will reduce the price in this case by 200€ afterwards. :)

Now I don’t intend to turn this blog into a photo blog, but there’ll probably be a few more photos in posts – once I got that camera, of course. Furthermore, I’ll put some photos into my galleries without much ado, or maybe I’ll add them to flickr or a similiar site, we’ll see.

How much discount for 30th anniversary?

The DIY store chain who has often been annoying enough with its frequent advertisements “20% on everything – except pet food” – whatsitsname again, erm, yes, “Praktiker” (=practitioner) – apparently now celebrates its 30th birthday. But not that they’d just say “30% on everything” now, oh no, according to today’s flysheet:

  • 31% on cair conditioners and fans,
  • 27% on tiles,
  • 24% on furniture and racks,
  • 23% on building elements,
  • 22% on fireplaces and heaters,
  • 21% on wood.

All that from Feb 1 to 4; plus from Feb 5 to 7:

  • 33% on all energy-saving lamps.

That raises some questions for me:

  • Did they price these things so tightly that this is the maximum discount they can afford?
  • Or are they just trying to pretend that were the case?
  • Did they roll the dice for these numbers?
  • What can we expect the next weeks and months?
  • Is it worth the potential confusion of customers and employees?
  • On average (with regard to their total sales volume), is that more or less than “20% on everything”?
  • Are these the next lotto numbers?


(Note: More or less regular updates of current rebates in German.)

Projekt 52 week 4: Contemporary witness

Projekt 52 The topic for week 4 for Sari’s Projekt 52 (German):

Contemporary witness (expressly not necessarily a person).

Easy for me to find a motif, just get on my balcony and I had my constructural contemporary witness:

04: Contemporary witness

Week 4: Contemporary witness

The old Ilmgau department store in Pfaffenhofen/Ilm – opened 1977, closed 2005 with 7-digit debts. To the left an old cinema, at last the beverage department of the store. Since recently, after several failed attempts to sale/auction it, it has new owners – cinema and a small stockroom (not on the photo) will be knocked down, the rest will house offices, and probably a shop on the ground floor.

I’ve only seen the last two years, and then it was mainly a supermarket with remains from general wares. Old furniture and installations, broken heating in the last winter, range of products growing sparser and sparser, probably the region’s highest share of food beyond its eat-by date – and ever fewer customers. Which turns into a vicious circle, of course…

…so, a contemporary witness of former store ages that couldn’t keep up with the times…

Of course I modified the colors a little…