Monday, June 26, 2006

Buying Tech Online

I'm just back from an early summer vacation that combined a college graduation ceremony, some family visiting, and some true fun, touristy stuff. It was the ideal trip that, as good as it was, makes you glad to be back home as well. And of course, one of the best things about getting back home is seeing that everything is pretty much in order. Thanks to an ultra-reliable neighborhood steward, the pets and plants have survived, the mail has been safely gathered, and, yes, the inevitable boxes of gadgets have made it from their UPS/USPS/Fedex outdoor drop-off points to safety inside the house.

On this trip, I was relieved the laptop computer and all-in-one printer I'd ordered the week before had arrived and were accounted for (two boxes of gadgets is an average haul for a week at our house). And in this spirit, I direct you to Jason Fry's piece in today's online Wall Street Journal, on the "green" impacts of E-commerce, complete with a link to a fascinating 10-page PDF on the history of corrugated cardboard (no kidding!).

More on that new all-in-one later this week, and in the spirit of the reduce-reuse-recycle model, I am a dedicated cardboard recycler and occaisonal reuser. The reducing? Well, I'm working on it...

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