Jun 172013
 

I’ve frequently heard people complain about Ryanair’s in-flight advertising. For those of you who have not flown the ultra-affordable European carrier, the interior of Ryanair’s planes are covered in advertisements. The back of the seats have an ad, the luggage bins have an ad, and during the trip flight attendants will walk up and down the aisle offering items from catalogs and lottery tickets.

Delta is significantly more expensive to fly than Ryanair, and it does not bill itself as a “discount” airline. In the past few months, I’ve seen a disturbing trend towards more intrusive advertising. Delta, to their credit, has introduced personal video screens. They allow you to view any number of movies and videos for free. However, during takeoff, Delta has decided to show a few minutes of advertising. You can’t shut off the video, and the sound is broadcast throughout the cabin at a high volume. You are trapped in your seats, as the videos are shown before you are allowed to walk around the cabin. It is, in fact, the most intrusive advertising I’ve been subjected to recently.

I love flying–it’s still incredible to me that I can quickly and easily go around the world. But it’s junk like this that makes me frustrated and not want to fly on Delta. I hope they discontinue the mandatory advertisements soon.

 Posted by at 6:02 pm
Feb 102013
 
>tracert 216.81.59.173

Tracing route to FIN [216.81.59.173]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1     <1 ms    <1 ms    <1 ms  192.168.1.1
2      6 ms     5 ms     5 ms  L100.NYCMNY-VFTTP-59.verizon-gni.net [96.224.241.1]
3      8 ms     7 ms     8 ms  G0-1-3-4.NYCMNY-LCR-21.verizon-gni.net [130.81.189.22]
4      7 ms     7 ms     7 ms  ae0-0.NY325-BB-RTR1.verizon-gni.net [130.81.209.102]
5      8 ms     7 ms     7 ms  0.xe-4-1-0.XT2.NYC4.ALTER.NET [152.63.3.102]
6     10 ms    10 ms     9 ms  TenGigE0-5-0-0.GW8.NYC4.ALTER.NET [152.63.21.65]
7    109 ms   110 ms   110 ms  tinet-gw.customer.alter.net [152.179.72.122]
8    135 ms   135 ms   139 ms  xe-0-0-0.atl11.ip4.tinet.net [89.149.183.141]
9    139 ms   139 ms   138 ms  epik-networks-gw.ip4.tinet.net [77.67.69.158]
10   138 ms   138 ms   136 ms  po0-3.dsr2.atl.epikip.net [216.81.59.2]
11     *        *        *     Request timed out.
12   172 ms   175 ms   175 ms  Episode.IV [206.214.251.1]
13   177 ms   175 ms   174 ms  A.NEW.HOPE [206.214.251.6]
14   170 ms   170 ms   164 ms  It.is.a.period.of.civil.war [206.214.251.9]
15   176 ms   171 ms   164 ms  Rebel.spaceships [206.214.251.14]
16   174 ms   173 ms   169 ms  striking.from.a.hidden.base [206.214.251.17]
17   180 ms   175 ms   170 ms  have.won.their.first.victory [206.214.251.22]
18   169 ms   172 ms   168 ms  against.the.evil.Galactic.Empire [206.214.251.25]
19   167 ms   166 ms   168 ms  During.the.battle [206.214.251.30]
20   169 ms   169 ms   169 ms  Rebel.spies.managed [206.214.251.33]
21   168 ms   171 ms   170 ms  to.steal.secret.plans [206.214.251.38]
22   163 ms   170 ms     *     to.the.Empires.ultimate.weapon [206.214.251.41]
23   179 ms   176 ms   174 ms  the.DEATH.STAR [206.214.251.46]
24   172 ms   165 ms   166 ms  an.armored.space.station [206.214.251.49]
25   179 ms   175 ms   176 ms  with.enough.power.to [206.214.251.54]
26   169 ms   174 ms   174 ms  destroy.an.entire.planet [206.214.251.57]
27   171 ms   175 ms   173 ms  Pursued.by.the.Empires [206.214.251.62]
28   175 ms   181 ms   176 ms  sinister.agents [206.214.251.65]
29   172 ms   175 ms   177 ms  Princess.Leia.races.home [206.214.251.70]
30   172 ms   174 ms   169 ms  aboard.her.starship [206.214.251.73]

Trace complete.
 Posted by at 12:29 pm