Why I won't be getting "Naked"

Internode have recently launched their "Naked" ADSL2+ plans, and I have to say, I'm unimpressed. They're pitching it saying that you don't have to deal with Telstra anymore, and that it's cheaper. So, let's look at the numbers.

If you're on Telstra Homeline Budget, on the "Extreme" 40GB plan, you'd pay $19.95 line rental + $74.95 to Internode; coming to a total of $94.90.

If you'd gotten Naked on their 40GB plan, you'd be paying Internode $89.95. A total saving of $4.95.

But what compromises do you make?

BMW 1-series: diluting the brand

The whole point of a luxury car is that every schmuck doesn't have one. You're not paying for the car so much as you're paying for the badge on the bonnet.

A 1-series hatchback, fair enough. It's a market BMW had never explored, previously dominated by the likes of the VW Golf. That said, the 1-series hatchback was a bit of a flop. You'd be ashamed to say "I have a BMW 1-series" at a dinner party. I can't think of a valid reason to buy one. For the same money you'd just go and buy a Golf R32; which looks a hell of a lot better, and is a whole lot more fun to drive.

Funds invest wisely; Greens moan

The Australian Conservation Foundation has released a report investigating how Governments' funds managers (most notably; super funds) are investing their money. (Interestingly, they haven't posted the report on their website)

Not surprisingly, super funds (like most investors) are shunning renewable energy companies. Accordingly to the report, for every dollar invested in renewable energy, 47 dollars are invested in fossil fuels or uranium.

This is a hamburger...

What's with the new trend towards an "open hamburger"? You'll see it particularly at upmarket places, like Milk and Honey. The whole point of a hamburger is that its contents are surrounded by bun, you can pick it up and eat it without diving for a knife and fork.

According to Miriam-Webster, a hamburger is:

a sandwich consisting of a patty of hamburger in a split (typically round) bun

ACS: Popular media's new floozy

Taken a look at the cover of this month's PC Authority? Splashed right across the front:

In association with Channel Seven's Today Tonight

Wow. That's certainly going downhill from their previous issue's "The hidden power of Google Earth".

For those of you who don't know, you get a subscription to PC Authority with your ACS membership. In essence, the ACS is saying, "we endorse this magazine". By proxy then, if PC Authority endorses Today Tonight, then the ACS endorses Today Tonight.

Internet self-diagnosis

The great thing about the ever-increasing pervasiveness of the Internet is the availability of information about practically anything. As organisations and other groups see that there's more and more people online, they're more inclined to look to the Internet as a way to disseminate their message.

Kingsleys Steakhouse: Utter Crab

For some reason, a lot of restaurants frown upon large group bookings. When in a group of 20 at a restaurant, you'll typically get poor service. Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse is no different.

Don't get me wrong -- I understand that trying to get 20 dishes out to a table is a logistical nightmare. But that's no excuse for bad service, cold food and no drinks. Apart from curly fries, serving large groups really is something Hog's Breath has down-pat.