I love stories of thievery, detective work and social engineering. It's one of the things I really enjoyed about working in L.P. at Hollywood. When reading this story about a foiled bank robber, I was reminded that retail stores will often use the same technique to dissuade potential thieves. (The bandit was caught later.)
Movie Gallery, which owns Hollywood Video and Game Crazy, filed for bankruptcy today. Almost a year ago was my last day working for Hollywood, where I was developing web reports for the Inventory Control. The company mood was concerned but optimistic back then, I guess things haven't gotten better.
Netfix is a tough opponent to beat, but I thought that the Moviebeam set top boxes were going to help Hollywood out. The initial price of $149.99 is too much for a consumer to pay. I'd love to do some landing page optimization on it, and test the offer, headers and call to action buttons.
Speaking of landing page testing, my current company is doing quite well. We've got a new pile of funding, and Widemile is hiring. We do really need to fill all of the positions listed there; though I'm most interested in getting the web developer position filled with an excellent candidate. Are you interested? Do you know anyone who is? Drop my name in your cover email. :)
It's been a while since last I wrote. I've been busy. The process of moving has been a whirlwind of putting crap into boxes, hauling those heavy S.O.Bs into a vehicle, driving to Seattle, and then the reverse of all that. Our apartment had just turned the corner from 'rooms full of boxes' to 'living space with boxes'. Then we went down to Portland and got more crap, and also bought new crap from Ikea. Now I've gotta find a storage place, and a gym. So it's been busy.
Since I was moving, I had to give notice at my old job (making web reports for Hollywood Video). I loved that job - best group of people I've ever worked with, and I'm sad not to be working with them all. On my last day, I had a difficult time believing that I wouldn't be going back the next day. I'm really excited by the new job, and it really is a super opportunity, but I still miss the old comfortableness.