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Still Shopping for a Taiwan Prepaid 3G SIM

April 22nd, 2014

Last week, I mentioned how I would be returning to Taipei for Computex this year and that I would be requiring some means of getting online in Taiwan. I’ve already signed up for the Taipei Free Public Wi-Fi service as a backup (the process is really straightforward, aside from the issues I had in receiving [...]

On Taipei, Prepaid SIMs and Pocket WiFi Internet Access

April 17th, 2014

It’s been a few years since I was last in Taiwan. At the time, I remember it was quite the hassle trying to get set up with a prepaid SIM card for my phone, so much so that I ended up not getting a SIM at all. There was this whole confusion about selling prepaid [...]

Do You Really Care Where Your Car Is Made?

March 18th, 2014

We all have our reasons for buying one product over another. You might buy a particular pasta sauce, because you prefer the taste of Brand A over Brand B. That makes perfect sense. When choosing a new car to buy, factors that come into play may include cargo space, safety features, horsepower and fuel economy. [...]

On Capitalism, Corporations and the Illusion of Choice

February 24th, 2014

Living in a capitalistic society, we like to think that we have a great deal of consumer choice. You walk down the cookie aisle at the local supermarket and you’re inundated with countless different brands and varieties, all of which are competing for your hard-earned money. That’s what we like to think, but there is [...]

On Wild and Wacky Amazon Pricing Schemes

February 13th, 2014

Amazon certainly did not become the world’s largest online retailer by accident. Everything that they do is very carefully calculated to ensure maximum profits. That’s why the homepage, newsletters and just about every other form of communication is customized to suit your browsing and purchase history. Amazon also utilizes some very complex pricing algorithms to [...]