Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Dec 2012 09:05 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I was on vacation to the US last week, and a few technology-related things stood out to me. One, the in-flight entertainment things aboard international Delta flights are absolutely terrible. Worst software I've ever used, and many of them were plain broken. iPads/Android tablets please, Delta. Second, there were more employees than customers in the Las Vegas Apple Store. Since there were a reasonable amount of customers, there were even more employees. It looked ridiculous. Are they all like that? Three, using a Windows Phone 8 device to mooch off an Apple Store's wifi is strangely satisfying. Four, there are a lot of technology commercials on US TV, and they are all corny as hell. Two iPads playing piano? Children holding a PowerPoint presentation to convince their parents to switch mobile plans? Seriously? Is this what this industry has come to? Five, it's pretty clear iPads and iPhones are way, way, way more popular in the US than in The Netherlands. You see them everywhere, and people display them so openly. It was jarring. In The Netherlands, I always feel as if people are ashamed to take devices out of their pockets in the first place. No wonder US-based writers like Gruber and Arment think Apple dominates everything - if you rarely leave the US, it seems as if they do! Six, and this is not technology related at all but I want to get it off my chest because us Europeans could learn a thing or two from it: Americans are the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I knew this from my existing American friends and from my previous trip to the US (Texas, ten years ago), but it bears repeating. Open, interested, kind, helpful, considerate, and nice. Not exactly qualities I'd ascribe to most of my fellow countrymen. Alright, as you were!
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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 07:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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I've never heard anyone complain about there being too many employees ready to serve customers.

It's often the same here (Manila) and it does annoy me a little. Why? Because there's always someone bothering you and trying to sell you something, even if all you're doing is looking around.
Also, if there where a more sensible employee to customer ratio you could pay the employees more.

I personally would rather have someone available if I need them than to have to roam a store searching for help. Btw, if an employee is bothering/asking you if you need help, just tell them "no thanks, I'm fine". That's what I do and it has worked 100% of the time.

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RE[3]: Comment by ilovebeer
by Soulbender on Mon 3rd Dec 2012 09:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Btw, if an employee is bothering/asking you if you need help, just tell them "no thanks, I'm fine".

And then the next one comes up and the next one and you go to a different section and another one and another one...
I'm not saying this is a big deal but it can be annoying.

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