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AOL in 1998 and 2015

May 13, 2015

AOL Acquires Netscape 4.2 Billions 19981124

May 12, 2015
Verizon Press Release:

Verizon to acquire AOL

NEW YORK – Taking another significant step in building digital and video platforms to drive future growth, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) today announced the signing of an agreement to purchase AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) for $50 per share — an estimated total value of approximately $4.4 billion.

This was the Tech news of the day.


November 24, 1998

AOL acquired Netscape Communications in a $4.2 billion deal.

Sources: CNNWikipedia

After inflation adjustment, the $4.2 billion AOL spent to acquire Netscape equals roughly $6.05 billion in 2015. (per Bureau of Labor Statistic CPI Inflation Calculator)

Inflation Calculator 1998-2015

Where have all AOL’s value gone?

By the numbers: AOL then and now (Quartz)

John Gruber’s Daring Fireball:

Consider how far AOL has fallen, and how much the media world has changed: in 2000 AOL acquired Time Warner for $182 billion, creating a post-merger company then valued at over $350 billion.

Square is shipping EMV Card Readers

May 8, 2015

Square Reader for Chip Cards Order Shipped

Square is shipping its EMV (Chip) Card readers. It costs $29 + Applicable Sales Tax.

In the U.S.A., EMV Card is required starting October 2015; while much of the rest of the world already switched to this system.

I should be getting mine anytime time.

Shawn King Needs Your Help

April 24, 2015

GoFundMe Shawn King

I learned from John Gruber that Shawn King, host of Your Mac Life, is needing dental surgery. The really bad news is that the procedure would cost a lot and Shawn can’t afford it. Mac Users like you can Help Shawn.

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HBO: Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep

April 13, 2015

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New seasons of Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley and Veep is now live on HBO. Those are the three shows that I have on my watch list.

I do not have HBO, let alone cable TV. Usually I would go to my friends’ house to watch any HBO shows. This time I can watch them in the comfort of my own through HBONow. I have not watch the new episodes yet, but for sure I’ll be watching them on the Apple TV.

Apple Watch Sells… But Who’s Buying?

April 12, 2015

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Apple Watch pre-order started at roughly 12:01 a.m. on April 10, 2015. Within the first minute, some models of Apple Watch shipping time slipped to 4-6 weeks. John Gruber says:

I get the feeling supply is low and demand is high.

There sure are a lot of interest in the Apple Watch. Apple CEO, Tim Cook says that the responses have been “extraordinary”. Apple Watch sells, but who’s buying?

John Gruber said in his review:

In short, I think Apple Watch might be a tougher sell to current watch wearers than non-watch wearers. Non-watch wearers have an open wrist, and if they cared about the glance-able convenience of an always-visible watch dial, they would be wearing a traditional watch already. Watch wearers, on the other hand, already have something on their wrist that Apple Watch needs to replace, and the reason they already have a watch on their wrist is that they care about telling time at a glance — something Apple Watch is (and only ever will be, I suspect) merely OK at, not great at.

The last time I wore a watch was back in college. I stopped wearing it when the glass face cracked for some unknown reasons. I have pre-ordered an Apple Watch Sport, 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band. At this point in time, I do not know if I would wear the Apple Watch or any watches after the learning period. I had been getting a lot of questions from friends and acquaintances if Apple Watch is for them. My answer is always “it’s not for you.”

The other question I get a lot is if they should wait for the next version of Apple Watch because some reviews say “skip Apple watch this time, because the next one will be better.”

II would be really worried if the next version of Apple Watch would be worse that the current model.

If you feel like getting an Apple Watch now, then get it. Well, you have to wait until June for the earliest delivery.

Apple Watch Pre-Order Begins

April 10, 2015

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Apple Watch Pre-order started three minutes after midnight. Most Apple Watch models are seeing delivery dates starting at April 24, 2015. The Apple Watch Edition will ship starting as early as May, 2014.

Within the first 10 minutes of pre-order, most Apple Watch model is quoted to ship within 4-6 weeks.

I pre-ordered an Apple Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band as soon as the Apple Store went online. I was quoted May 13 – May 27 Delivery time.

Apple Watch Sport Pre-Order Spay Gray 4-6 Weeks

Shortly After, shipping time for Apple Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray Aluminum Case with Black Sport Band slipped to June, 2015.

AppleCare+ for Apple Watch varies by the collections.

  • AppleCare+ for Apple Watch Sport: $49
  • AppleCare+ for Apple Watch: $69
  • AppleCare+ for Apple Watch Edition: $1,500

As of 12:28 a.m., Apple Watch Edition 42mm 18-Karat Yellow Gold Case with Midnight Blue Classic Buckle shipping time slipped to August, 2015.

Apple Watch Edition Ships August 2015

Get Ready to Pre-Order Apple Watch

April 9, 2015

Apple Store Offline Apple Watch Pre-Order

Apple Store went offline ahead of Apple Watch Pre-Order, which starts at 12:01 a.m. on April 10, 2015.

I asked John Gruber which Apple Watch he would buy with his own cash. Gruber said he would get the Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Space Black Link Bracelet Apple Watch. Gruber also said that the Apple Watch Sport models are “tremendous value”.

Gruber spent a week or so using an Apple Watch.

Personally I like the Space Black Stainless Steel Case with Space Black Link Bracelet Apple Watch too. The price tag is one thing that prevent me from buying one. I think I’m gonna get Space Gray Aluminum Apple Watch Sport, for science.

I have not worn any watches for 20 years.