Here are some things that make me angry/sad all at the same time:
1. Apple going green with aluminum cases. This has nothing to do with being more ‘green’. Exactly how is aluminum more ‘green’ than pot-metal (which can much more easily be recovered and remelted) they used before? Aluminum refining and production requires terribly large amounts of electricity to produce. But even more sad is that the *real* reason is to make your lap the heatsink. That’s right. Apple’s laptops have notoriously been running hot/overheating for years. Numerous failures on various models – and complaints of people actually getting their laps burned. I’ve experienced how hot they get. Now they’ve thrown nVidia video cards in them. They’re much faster than the integrated ones they had before (which were cr*p), but the nVidia cards run even hotter. So, if you already have heat problems – how do you solve them? You either add a fan (which Apple refuses to do) or make a bigger heatsink. But if you want the same form factor and fanless design – you have one option – you turn the body of the laptop into the heat sink. Problem solved – and you greenwash it and say it’s to be more ‘green’.
2. Online bill paying – everyone is apparently concerned about the environment these days – but most of what they’re doing is complete bull. I’ve noticed many different companies going paperless to ‘save the environment’. Somewhat true as it does cut down on a LOT of paper and delivery impact; but mostly its a huge cost savings to them not to mail paper bills. They save a fortune when you get your bill and pay online. You can lay off all that staff to mail out all the letters, no paying for the paper/postage/etc, and nobody having to open those envelopes and enter check information either. This is all good and fine, but the twist of the knife comes when they claim they’ll pass the savings on to you. I don’t see any ‘discount because you paid online’ anywhere in my bill online. It’s the same amount as the one that comes in the mail. Give me a tangable discount – or I’m just assuming you’re ripping me off and I’ll keep making you send the paper bill.
An additional benefit is if you set up automatic bill pay (ever wonder why they push it so hard?). Reason is, if there is a billing error, or in the case of credit cards someone steals your account and runs up a huge bill, the money automatically gets pulled from your personal bank account. What’s even better is that many cards have stipulations that if you pay the bill – you are agreeing all the charges are correct and you lose any right to dispute the charges. You just waived all your dispute charges, and they could have just emptied your bank account. Aren’t you glad you signed up?
Got any you want to add?