Truth in Advertising…

… and other company complaints

On Sunday I ran a 5km race (and lived to tell about it) using my Nike+ sensor attached to my iPod nano. I have been using it for over a year now.  On this particular Sunday my iPod said that the battey in the sensor was running low and I needed to replace it.  Luckily it worked fine during the race and recorded the results.  When I got home I tried to pry the thing open to replace the battery.  I nearly hammered it since it wouldn’t open.  I then went on line and discovered from the Nike web site that you CAN’T replace the battery!  You have to buy a whole new Nike+ kit!  I was really pissed off.  What kind of nonsense is this?  What a waste of materials!  The half of the kit that plugs into the iPod itself still works fine.  Sheesh.

By Thursday I had calmed down to the point that I could rationalize buying a new kit, like this:  where else can you spend 29 euros for 18 months of entertainment?  No where.  So Thursday after work I biked over to the Bijenkorf (where they have a growing Apple department) and bought a new one.  I’m back in business. 🙂

Now, in other products….
At work we have terrible coffee machines.  They are big Douwe-Egberts machines, but the coffee is almost undrinkable.  Late last year a group of us got together and formed a coffee cartel.  We bought a Nespresso machine.  It has a little container for milk so you can make lattes and stuff.  It is not allowed.  We aren’t supposed to have it.  We’ve put it far away in a corner of our floor, in a cabinet that we can close.  We’ve been chewed out by our facilities manager and threatened with, something, I’m not sure what.  But it’s still sitting there and I use it every day, many times a day.  The Dutch have a lovely word for this kind of situation:  gedoogd, which means, roughly, it’s illegal but we let it go and look the other way.  There’s also a Dutch expression for this:  We see it through the fingers, meaning, we see it, we know it is going on, but our fingers get in the way so we don’t really see it, and therefore we can ignore it.  The Dutch are known for their tolerance, but they really aren’t so tolerant, they just ignore what they don’t want to see.  We nearly bought a house with gedoogd roof terrace – it wasn’t approved by the planning department, but there it stood.  Soft drug laws are a series of laws and gedoogd broken laws.  It’s complicated, but it makes for a peaceful society.

I digress…. I was talking about coffee…
Anyway, Nespresso machines use those tiny aluminum capsules.  Some are for normal size cups of coffee (lungo) and some are for espresso.  The lungo capsules cost 2 cents more.  They make more coffee.  So, you would figure, those capsules contain more coffee?  Right?  I wanted to know.

So I cut a couple open.  I weighed and measured them.  They contain exactly the same amount of coffee!  DB said, well maybe the quality of the coffee is different.  So I made coffee with the same amount of water for each type of capsule.  I tasted them.  They did taste different, which they should since Nespresso makes over 10 different flavors of capules.  But as for strength, and quality of the coffee, I couldn’t tell the difference.  So, save yourself 2 cents per cup!  Don’t bother with the lungo capsules!  You can thank me by buying me a Starbucks.

2 thoughts on “Truth in Advertising…

  1. Zwaalie April 5, 2008 / 23:11

    “save yourself 2 cents per cup”

    ROFL! You are turning into a Dutchie!

  2. earlybird April 6, 2008 / 09:00

    Ha! Now I’M ROFL! The sad part is is that I didn’t even SEE that until you pointed it out. My God. I AM turning ORANGE!

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