4 Million Dollar TV

Expensive TV

(found via Digg) Amazon currently has a $4 million tv up for sale. In all actuality, Trinet Electronic Networks seems to have entered an incorrect price for the 32″ LCD television which has sparked a few interesting comments:

Great value for your money
Eric Pheterson

I was kind of sketch about buying this specific unit because of the price, but the reviews and descriptions were promising. Once I got it, I opened the box and realized it’s covered in gold and has diamond studs all over it! It has an amazing picture, it’s definately a conversation piece!

What a great deal!!!!!
M. Elzinga

This is the best TV I have ever had!!! The TV is totally worth the 4 million I spent!!! I would totally suggest you buy this TV!!! It is an awesome deal!!!!!!

I would have given it one star

While I have never owned this tv, it is underwhelming for a price of over $4mm, truly amazing for such old technology.

Comments from Digg

I like how the “low price” indicator is shown! I guess I should buy 2 or 3…

No Free Shipping!!!???

I like the ‘Price at a Glance’ indicator in the top corner ‘List Price $2,699.95, New from $4,018,100.00. BARGAIN!!

No deal! I just bought an LCD TV for $3,500,000!

Boy, whoever did the data entry is sure to never hear the end of this :D

Alexa Search Data For The Masses

Alexa – for those of you that don’t know – is an Amazon owned subsidiary that tracks “valuable information about the web, how it is used, what is important and what is not.” For example, you can search Alexa for amazon.com and find traffic information, related links, etc. Alexa is a hugely useful tool for developers that want to watch their traffic and compare against competing sites. While combing sites and gathering statistics (which it does by the use of the Alexa toolbar as well as piggy backing onto the back of various other toolbars), Alexa has amassed huge amounts of data…and when I say huge amounts of data…I’m serious! Alexa spiders 4 billion to 5 billion pages a month and archives 1 terabyte of data a day.

They’ve been stockpiling search data since its inception in 1996. The great news? They are now opening it up to the public as a pay to play access to their data! Its called the Alexa Web Search Platform. Wired News writes:

To illustrate the new service’s potential, Alexa developed a photo search engine that allows users to query photo metadata normally hidden from standard keyword searches, such as the date the photo was taken or the camera used.


From computer scientists to web hobbyists, [Alexa CEO Bruce] Gilliat predicted Alexa’s inexpensive services will spawn numerous creative results.

And Slashdot writes:

The Alexa framework is not for the weak of heart — expect to learn how to use their C API, and expect to pay micro-amounts for requests and CPU cycles used — but it also seems to be more powerful than the rival APIs from Yahoo and Google.

While I have no huge reasons to sign-up and pay (however cheaply) for this service just yet, I look forward to seeing what comes of it! Having that much data available at your fingertips is a huge boon to the development and marketing community!

Amazon Tags!

About Time! According to CNet, Amazon is heading down the road of tagging. This is great news in my book. I’m a follower of the Web 2.0 movement and have really been turned onto the idea of folksonomy (tagging) by products like Flickr and thus have recently brought MasterWish on board with tagging.

While many people out there have used tagging in Flickr, Gmail, MasterWish and various other web 2.0 apps…there are still many out there that express their opinions on tagging as “Tagging…WTF is that?!”. Having a large web company such as Amazon with its HUGE following jump on the band wagon with tagging will help bring folksonomy to the masses.

While exciting that this is happening, Amazon is slowly rolling tags out to their users as evidenced in this excerpt of the CNet article:

The idea, apparently, is to slowly experiment with tags and to give users some power over how certain Amazon products–books, for example–are categorized.

For now […] only about half of Amazon’s users can even see tags on the site.

Its only a matter of time before folksonomy will cease to be a buzz word and start appearing in the english dictionary. Everybody and their brother will know of tagging and the world will be a happier, easier to search place. I can only hope