And you thought CompUSA was over – 30 store national rollout

CompUSACompUSA, a previous “top three” electronics retail chain in the US, is now back in action with a whole new strategy. After filing for bankruptcy two years ago, and now a member of parent company Systemax, CompUSA is coming back with lower prices and remodeled stores.

Most controversially, CompUSA is enabling comparison shopping by way of every computer in the store (via the web). Ever wanted to go to the store to look at a product and then go home and order it on the web at a cheaper price? Now you can make your purchase with Amazon, at CompUSA, based on the product you like in the store. Of course, that’s not what they’re shooting for.
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Google Ventures – Supporting Entrepreneurship

Google Venture is an investment opportunity for entrepreneurial endeavors, with investment amounts “ranging from seed funding to tens of millions of dollars, depending on the stage of the opportunity and the company’s need for capital.”

Ventures of particular interest include a “broad range of industries, including consumer Internet, software, hardware, clean-tech, bio-tech and health care.”

If you think you have what it takes to spike Google’s interests, click here to let them know.

Broadband speeds in the US slow on purpose?

Interesting article on the New York Times blog a couple days ago about broadband speeds abroad, and the relatively low costs associated with both system upgrades and service delivery.

J:Com, a Japan-based ISP, is able to provide, what is speculated to be, the fastest residential internet service in the world, touting speeds of up to 160 mbps – for only $60/month (6,000 yen)! How crazy is that? What’s even more unbelievable is that they made the improvements to their network for about $20/home.

In the US, companies like Comcast are slow to adopt new technical improvements to their infrastructure. It is said that Comcast and other major US ISPs could significantly boost connection speeds for approximately $100/home, but are unlikely to do so quickly in fear that streaming media will result in a decline of cable TV viewers.

An interesting read…just don’t get too spoiled when traveling abroad. World’s Fastest Broadband at $20 Per Home

Londonbound: 50,000 Delta miles for a roundtrip


I received an email from Delta today promoting a new opportunity for a whole bunch of miles. Ever been to London? Ever wanted to go? Fly roundtrip to London between April 6th and June 30th (2009) and Delta will give you 50,000 miles. That’s enough for two roundtrip domestic tickets.

I was in London in January, and it was amazing. The food takes a bit of getting used to, as it’s prepared very different compared to food in the US. Definitely a place to visit though.

Register now for 50,000 Delta bonus miles and enjoy your trip to the UK.