Rosemead lags in getting the word out

first_imgLimited financial resources, cluttered and inefficient archives and a past disinterest in technology are some of reasons why the city is behind the times in providing public information via the Internet, officials said. Rosemead also has difficulty in responding timely to public information requests or acknowledging that the requests will be filled late. “It is unlawful and inexcusable,” said Terry Francke, counsel for Californians Aware, an open-government advocacy group. “They do it because no one has seriously called them out on it.” Rosemead council members did not respond to calls seeking comment. Resident Jim Flournoy, who has several pending lawsuits against the city, thinks Rosemead is “terrible” at responding to public records requests. “We don’t think they answer the requests at all,” he said. “We put in a request in November, and we didn’t get a response until March or April.” City Clerk Nina Castruita said that she tries to let people know how their request is coming along, although responding to requests is difficult with only one full-time employee in the clerk’s office and an antiquated records system. According to the California Public Records Act, agencies are required promptly, and in no case more than 10 days from the date of the request, to determine and inform the applicant in writing as to whether the request will be granted. In some cases, agencies can take an additional 14 days to make a determination. Lazzaretto thinks the city will eventually join the ranks of Monterey Park, West Covina, Diamond Bar and Azusa, who provide either staff reports online, broadcast their council meetings on television, or streamline the meetings online. “I’m kind of envious of these cities, where you could go on their Web site and get all kinds of slick information,” Lazzaretto said. “I think we are moving in that direction.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD – The city is behind the times in providing public information. As other cities offer reports online, Rosemead residents can only view paper documents for city business at three locations. Copies will cost 15 cents a page. West Covina broadcasts its City Council meetings on television and on the Web, and Diamond Bar’s meetings can also be seen online. Not in Rosemead – its meetings are only audio video taped. “I think we got a late start,” said City Manager Andrew Lazzaretto, adding that the city’s Web site was introduced a year ago. Meeting agendas are posted on the site. “And I can guarantee that a lot of the systems and records are in disarray.” last_img read more

Game movie review- Find the latest Game film review on India Today

first_imgFilm: GameCast: Abhishek Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Kangana Ranaut, Shahana Goswami, Boman Irani, Sarah Jane Dias, Jimmy ShergillProducer: Excel EntertainmentRating: I’m sure in Abhinay Deo’s head, Game must have seemed like Ocean’s Eleven. Stylish suits, paper sharp cheekbones, girls with smoky eyes, and lots of overcoats. The mysterious city of Istanbul with its intriguing mosques and its decadent nightlife. A stopover in a mythical island off the coast of Greece. Some amount of seedy Bangkok, seamy Mumbai and classic London, which allows Kangna Ranaut to test her English once again on us (she tries, but sorry, a British investigating officer she ain’t). Think of Ocean’s Eleven meets Abbas Mustan and you have the genre of Game. A movie with a B-grade plot of twists and turns dreamed up by a particularly frenetic scriptwriter (Althea Kaushal) and an A-grade budget. Which is why one is not surprised when one reads the titles. It’s a movie co produced by Eros Pictures and Excel Entertainment and never the twain can meet–one is the maker of Golmaal and the other is the maker of Dil Chahta Hai.The result: a horrible hyrbid. The story, such as the elaborate plot is, has one cussed old Agatha Christie type of patriarch who calls four people to his island for a grand denouement. He’s Anupam Kher, a billionaire called Kabir Malhotra, and the four unfortunate individuals are Abhishek Bachchan, pout in place, playing a nightclub owner and drug runner; Shahana Goswami, a drunken journalist who looks as louche as she sounds; Boman Irani overacting madly, playing an Indian politician running for prime minister in Thailand; and Jimmy Shergill, playing an actor Vikram Kapoor who ran down a young girl in a drunken driving accident. Everyone has a dark secret which connects them to each other. Sigh. Yes, it’s that sort of a story.advertisementThe upshot is that someone gets shot, allowing Sia Agnihotri, that’s Kangna trying to do an Angelina Jolie, to carry a gun, a strange accent (the result of an accent coach we are told) and lots of grey power suits. She will nail the victim, but not before Bachchan gets to play contact sports with all manner of goons across continents. He punches, kicks, whacks and lunges at various hapless crooks, pummeling his way through. That’s when he’s not jogging through the streets of Istanbul.It’s not enough. Sarah Jane Dias tries hard to inject some oomph, with blood red lipstick and dark eyes. But it’s all quite pointless–which is fine. Thrillers are not meant to have much of a point except to thrill, but the murderer is so obvious that the repeated red herrings only serve to irritate. By the time Bachchan really gets going, making insider jokes about Chelsea, appreciating a fine wine and reading Murakami, toio much money has flown down the Bosphorus.There is some good news though. Bachchan is looking in character, fitter than he’s been, and more romantic than he’s been allowed to be.They could, however, have saved a bit on his costumes and given Anupam Kher a better beard.last_img read more

Pistons clinch final East playoff spot with rout of Knicks

first_imgFour players who spent the majority of time on the Westchester Knicks G-League team during the season reunited for a large portion of the second quarter of New York’s season finale on Wednesday night. Jenkins, Hicks and Luke Kornet each played eight minutes, while Allen was on the court for seven. They accounted for 14 points as the Knicks were outscored 29-19 in the quarter.NO RETRIBUTIONEllenson, who was a first-round draft choice by the Pistons in 2016, was playing against his former team for the first time. Chosen number 18 by Detroit, Ellenson played 21 minutes on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Pistons will face the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in the opening round.Jackson scored 14 points and Drummond had 10 points and seven rebounds as the Pistons never trailed and led by as many as 16 points in the first quarter. Neither player was needed in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We knew what was at stake,” Drummond said. “We knew they were coming in to try and ruin our season that we worked so hard for. Just tried to stick it to them early and get them out of the game.”Detroit extended its lead to 27 points twice in the second quarter and led 65-41 at halftime. LATEST STORIES The Pistons outrebounded the Knicks 56-33.“They really got after us,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “They didn’t take it light because they were playing the youngest and last-place team in the league. They came here and gave it to us.”The Knicks, who were looking to tie a season-high three-game winning streak, instead ended with a 17-65 final-season record, tied with their 2014-15 team for the worst in franchise history.“We knew we needed to come out with a little more fight, a little more competitiveness tonight,” Kennard said. “The message before the game was let’s put together a full 48 minutes, and I thought we did that.”TIP-INS:Pistons: Blake Griffin, who hurt his left knee against Memphis on Tuesday, did not play. … Jackson is the only Pistons player to play in and start all of the team’s 82 games. … Detroit has beaten the Knicks seven straight times. They haven’t lost to New York since March 27, 2017 (109-95).Knicks: Dennis Smith Jr., acquired from Dallas in the trade for Kristaps Porzingis on January 31, did not play in the final game of the season due to back stiffness. DeAndre Jordan, who also came to the Knicks in that trade, also did not play (coach’s decision). … Kevin Knox (75) and Damyean Dotson (73) were the only Knicks to play more than 70 games this season. Knox and Noah Vonleh each started a team-high 57 times.DUNKS A LOTAll of Robinson’s five baskets were scored on dunks. Four of them were of the alley-oop variety, all initiated by different teammates.GEE LEAGUE Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard (5) celebrates with teammates at he bench in the final seconds of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Pistons won 115-89. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — The Detroit Pistons knew a victory Wednesday night would guarantee them a playoff spot. And, from the opening tip, they left no doubt that was going to happen.Luke Kennard scored 27 points, Reggie Jackson had 21 and Andre Drummond added 20 points and 18 rebounds as the Pistons locked up the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot with a 115-89 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 76ers rest starters ahead of playoffs but still cruise past Bulls Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated The Pistons went up by as many as 36 points and led 92-59 after the third quarter.Detroit took a game-high 40-point lead, 109-69, on Zaza Pachulia’s lay-in with 4:31 left in the game.“We’re building something special, and this is the first step to get into the playoffs,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Our fans are used to great basketball. We’re not where we want to be, but we’re not where we were.”Wayne Ellington added 12 points for the Pistons, who hadn’t made the playoffs since the 2015-16 season, the last time they finished over .500 (44-38). Before that, Detroit hadn’t made the postseason since 2008-09.John Jenkins led the Knicks with 16 points, Kadeem Allen scored 13, Henry Ellenson added 12, and Mitchell Robinson and Isaiah Hicks each had 11.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

AN INNOVATION SUPERPOWER

first_imgIn 1996, two friends – an American and a Russian – collaborated for a project in computer software designing while pursuing their PhD at Stanford University, USA. They chose their area of enquiry as ‘search’, which was a common phenomenon by then; yet, it was here where the drive of doing something new with existing resources arose in these students. While most other organisations focussed on connections through pages (with respect to search), the two Stanford students focussed on undertaking search through the linkage of keywords. The project ultimately blossomed into an idea which became the bedrock of a conglomerate known as Alphabet, the parent company of Google. These two students, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, are now among the richest people in the world. Also Read – A race against timeCoincidentally, Google today is being managed by Sundar Pichai who has acquired most of his education, including an undergraduate degree, from India. Not only Pichai – another most valuable firm, Microsoft, whose market valuation is hovering around trillion dollars, is also being managed by an Indian, Satya Nadella, who too completed most of his education here.Despite several people of Indian origin heading top multinational companies, there is a pervasive critique of how our educational institutions have failed to mould leaders who can run successful enterprises with resounding ideas. As India dreams to become a five-trillion-economy by 2024, top echelons running our country now realise the importance of ushering policy measures that will rethink the existing education policy. It is now being cognized that we must move beyond successful implementation of already tested ideas and allow students to take risks and develop new ideas. Also Read – A Golden LootRealising the relevance of opportunities and challenges in pressing for innovation, NITI Aayog came up with Atal Tinkering Labs. Financed by Government of India, around 3,000 educational institutions, mostly operated by the government, have been incorporated into it. The labs have been provided with faculties of Artificial Intelligence, 3-D printing, robotics and even space technology. There are over 60,000 students across standards sixth to twelfth that have access to these labs. According to official data, there are already 600 patents that have been applied for by students on new innovations conducted by them. The central government may have set an ambitious target of spurring a new culture of innovation among students. In an era that is going to be dominated by the knowledge economy, even the government has realised the importance of creating new businesses with previously unthought ideas, technology and business models. Even as India is among the few countries that have made notable strides in building and nurturing startups, over the years, corresponding challenges and difficulties have also multiplied. According to an Oxfam study, there is a greater likelihood of only one out of ten startups succeeding. Under Atal Innovation Scheme there are plans to create 40 per cent such startups that are not only restricted to digital technology but also venture into health, education and green energy. It is important to note that experiments and research are not as actively practised in our educational institutions as would be desirable. But now, breaking tradition, a number of esteemed educational institutions in the country are coming up with breakthrough inventions. At the recent TechEx exhibition forum held at IIT-Delhi, several inventions carrying the power to significantly alter future were on display. IIT-Delhi exhibited an artificial skin that could treat artificial burns. In fact, it consisted of polymer that ensured resistance against marks and scars. IIT-Gandhinagar exhibited an automatic aerosol fire extinguisher which can sense the outbreak of fire by monitoring temperature or gas. Once it crosses the threshold, the aerosol-based fire is triggered, thus extinguishing fire. Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, on the other hand, came up with painless needles. These are some of the numbered innovations being conducted – challenges remain in the scale of such discoveries, which are still not as proliferate as desired. Taking cognizance of these many challenges, the Centre announced that over one million startups will be created for the discoveries that are emerging in our educational institutions. To ensure that there is enough capital for innovations and experiments, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has already announced an exorbitant sum of Rs 1 lakh crore that will be spent on higher education in three years from 2019 to 2022. Further, announcements have promised investment towards teachers and mentors and, if necessary, the most reputed teachers of the world will be invited to Indian universities to impart knowledge. Criticised primarily for bureaucratising education policies in universities, the central government has also taken a step towards making IIMs completely independent. This would vest power in the management to not only appoint its own board but also fix the institution’s own syllabus and curriculum. The central government has also accelerated the process of listing our country’s universities among the top universities of the world. For this, the government is also ensuring that private universities are considered and recognised among the best. Despite ambitious motives, scepticism prevails on how the government continues to tackle higher education. Most critics have highlighted that the Centre is succumbing to World Trade Organisation (WTO) – rather than subsidising education and making it available to all, it is corporatising education, making it more expensive and restricting it to only a handful. Debates and protests have continued while the government has failed to find direction in truly reforming higher education. Higher education for long has been a tool for securing better employment prospects rather than being a tool for intellectual development or for pursuing excellence in innovation. Unemployment among the youth today is fast resulting in our demographic dividend converting into a demographic liability. Amid this, higher education is again being perceived as a money-making machine where degrees are seen as assured golden steps toward achieving better prospects of individual growth only. This has resulted in greater demand and more expensive educational degrees. Now, rather than focusing only on educational degrees, a shift is emerging towards developing skills among the youth and improving employment prospects. Most universities are now also providing degrees on vocational courses. Haryana, among the most deprived in educational excellence, in its state budget, has allocated a sizeable amount to universities that are opened specifically for developing skills. Further, several difficulties continue to paralyse primary education where the initial stages of learning are imparted among students. Despite a parliamentary law on Right to Education (RTE), there have been complaints that top private educational institutions tend to deny admission to the financially weak and to those from among the urban poor. If private institutions are blamed for elitism, government educational institutions have been critiqued for succumbing to the challenge of developing even basic standards of imparting quality education. The massive improvement that Delhi government has brought in its public schools along with the laudable academic results in Kendriya Vidyalayas show that public institutions, with correct guidance and leadership, can well compete with private schools. In July 2018, Delhi government added a new element to its schools. Realising the stress and pressure that students and teachers endure, a separate course on happiness was introduced. Students and teachers were encouraged to move beyond the world of theoretical learning and an impetus was given to extracurricular activities like sports, music and creative skills. The success of the happiness curriculum in Delhi schools can provide one solution to the many problems that are today plaguing school students. For long, the Indian education system has focussed on an examination-driven model where written exams and success in subjects like Mathematics and Science is forced upon students. It is ultimately a combination of marks that decides a student’s admission to top universities – and, with every passing year, the staggering cut-offs across colleges in the country prove the futility of this very disturbing trend that is manufacturing professionals without any improvement in faculties of thought and creativity. National Education Policy (NEP), 2019, aims to reduce the syllabus and make our education system less examination-centric. It has been suggested in the formal draft that rather than imparting knowledge only through books, creative skills of the youth should be enhanced. In 1965, former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri coined the term Jai Jawan, Jai Kisaan (hail the soldier, hail the farmer). As the nation has progressed over the years, two new terms have been coined: Jai Vigyaan, Jai Anusandhaan (hail science, hail research). A sincere attempt towards this end can allow India to become an encompassing innovation superpower.last_img read more

Mayor Faulconer announces San Diego River cleanup milestone

first_img KUSI Newsroom April 10, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced today that all city-owned property along the San Diego River has been cleaned at least once.The city owns roughly one-third of riverfront property, and employees have removed nearly 99 tons of debris from 32 locations since last September, he said.Faulconer said the cleanup will continue, particularly in regard to outreach and coordination with owners of the remaining two-thirds of land along the river.“The San Diego River is one of our most precious natural resources and we must continue to give it the care and attention it deserves,” Faulconer said. “While we’ve cleared all of the city’s property once, we still have a lot more work to do, so we’re encouraging every property owner next to the river to join our cleanup efforts and help preserve the San Diego River for future generations.”City employees have sent letters to 33 private property owners, including several businesses, that collectively own another third of riverfront property. Eight owners have allowed city employees to clean their property.Those who reject city services must clean their property or face fines ranging from $100 to $1,000, according to the mayor’s office.The remaining third of riverfront property is owned by a nonprofit and various government agencies, including the Metropolitan Transit System, Caltrans, San Diego River Park Foundation, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, U.S. Postal Service and County of San Diego.Rob Hutsel, president and CEO of the San Diego River Park Foundation, lauded city efforts to clean riverfront property.“Since this effort began, we have seen a dramatic difference along the river in the city,” Hutsel said. “There is less trash, fewer encampments and a new hope that a lasting improvement is being achieved.”Cleanup efforts are part of the “Clean SD” initiative, which launched May 2017. So far, crews have removed more than 1,000 tons of litter from illegal dumping hot spots in Ocean Beach, City Heights, San Ysidro, Logan Heights, Paradise Hills, Webster, Mission Beach, Point Loma and Pacific Beach. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Kevin Faulconer, San Diego River FacebookTwitter Posted: April 10, 2018center_img Mayor Faulconer announces San Diego River cleanup milestone KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 5:21 PMlast_img read more

Online dangers for the older less digitally literate population

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A San Diego-based nonprofit with a national and international reputation for providing life-changing services to seniors living in poverty is highlighting the online dangers for older, less digitally literate, lonelier, and importantly, more susceptible to scams and fake news.Serving Seniors CEO Paul Downey stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the online dangers senior citizens may encounter.Advice from Serving Seniors:• Don’t ever give your social security number, bank, credit card, or other personal information online to anyone who has asked for it unsolicited. Banks and other reputable institutions would never ask for this information without you approaching them first.• Do remember that if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.• Don’t assume that someone is who they say they are online.• Do remember: every time you like a post on Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media page, it tells advertisers more about you. That often means they can target you with tabloid-esque, sensational, and fake stories that they know will get a rise out of you. They make money off of it!• Don’t assume your political side of the aisle is immune to fake news. Lots of companies make money off of manufacturing fake or sensationalized stories (sort of like supermarket checkout tabloids), and they don’t discriminate – they make up stories that target both liberal and conservatives.• Do take advantage of free digital literacy classes offered by your local library, community center, or even technology vendors like the Apple Store, so you can learn how to use your devices. May 6, 2019 Updated: 8:24 AM Online dangers for the older, less digitally literate populationcenter_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 6, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Selling Computers and Accessories on eBay

first_img Note: This article was excerpted from How to Sell Computers and Accessories on eBay, which is available from EntrepreneurPress.com.Computers and computer accessories are some of the best-selling and most reliably profitable items on eBay. Thousands of people visit eBay every day to browse and shop for new PCs, printers, networking components, cables, monitors and many other computer-related items. Many savvy eBay sellers have already recognized and capitalized on eBay’s large and hungry market for everything computer related. With some research, foresight and careful planning, you can join their ranks.Though selling on eBay is a great way to earn money, it is not a get-rich-quick miracle. Care must be taken when conducting all your transactions and dealing with bidders. eBay’s feedback system is a double-edged sword. It will, at once, boast to the world how great a seller you are, while revealing to the world exactly where you are lagging behind. It takes a lot of work to make and keep buyers happy. If you’ve ever had a job that deals directly with the public, then you know this already. If you do not have the time or interest to devote to taking care of the details of doing business, such as getting packages to the shipping store on time in the middle of a snowstorm, or answering buyer e-mails after a long day of crunching numbers in your cubicle, then selling on eBay is not for you. Your feedback score will suffer, and soon buyers will shy away from your listings. However, if you’re ready and excited for the possibilities eBay presents, then you will have a rewarding and profitable experience.PowerSelling vs. Selling as a HobbyThe first step in selling on eBay is to decide your commitment level to this endeavor. There are two levels of commitment when discussing selling on eBay: hobby seller and PowerSeller. The hobby seller sells casually for extra cash when she finds time in her schedule. The PowerSeller has made selling online her career. The tips found in How to Sell Computers and Accessories on eBay will help both the hobby seller and PowerSeller become more successful, but the initial planning for these two commitment levels is decidedly different. The differences are discussed throughout the book, but for now just think carefully about whether you want to depend on selling computers on eBay as your only income, or if you’d like for it to supplement what you’re already earning elsewhere.Both hobby selling and PowerSelling can be fun, exciting and lucrative. If you’re not sure where to begin, plan to start small and grow over time. It’s much easier to start selling as a hobby to supplement your job than it is to start selling full time and then grovel for your job back if you decide this career isn’t for you.Assessing the CompetitionOf all the possible items to sell, selling computers is a smart choice. Technology is growing and evolving at such a rapid rate that there is near constant demand for more products. However, because these items are immensely popular with bidders, they are also immensely popular with eBay sellers, which means you’ll find plenty of competition in this category. Be aware that if you plan to reach the coveted PowerSeller status, you have your work cut out for you. Many PowerSellers are busy not only keeping a careful eye on their own businesses, but they also have learned to keep a strict eye on their competition-you.The bright side of having a lot of competition is that it provides a lot of opportunities for market research. This is where you begin your journey to becoming a successful eBay computer seller. Know your competition, both on eBay and off, including brick-and-mortar retailers like Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Apple, online stores and local computer shops. What are their strengths? More importantly, what are their weaknesses? If your competition sells on eBay, find and study their product listings. Are they attractive, complete, and clear? Read their customer feedback comments. Are buyers complaining about slow shipping, inaccurate descriptions, or poor customer service? Find these faults, and make it your goal to provide better service in these areas.You’ll find when researching your competition that buyers have countless options for where to buy their computers and computer accessories. It is often impossible to compete with all these sellers on price alone. There are sure to be larger sellers out there who can buy in such large bulk quantities that their per-item price drops significantly. One day, you will be able to do the same, but when you’re starting out, you should focus on competing on customer service, attractive and com¬plete eBay listings, and reliable shipping. You will soon build a feedback score that will attract the buyers you need to begin buying and selling items on par with the PowerSellers. Before you know it, you’ll be a PowerSeller yourself.The Tech-Trickle-DownThe computer market is still in its infancy. New, or first-generation, technology is being introduced nearly every day. Companies like Apple, Intel, and Sony are redefining the “cutting-edge” with seemingly every press conference they hold. This rapid development rate of new technologies and the premium price on those new technologies create a trickle-down effect. Large companies and power users buy the first-generation technology as soon as it becomes available to the public. This technology could be anything from new CPUs to faster hard drives to biometric scanners. Upon introduction, these new items fetch too high a price for the average user to buy and therefore comprise a limited segment of the market. But, inevitably, new technology is introduced that improves upon, and replaces, the previously latest and greatest technology, making it the new second generation. This second-generation equipment is now cheaper and more accessible to the average user. So the number of units sold actually increases to fill the large demand created by buyers who waited for the price to come down. Then, when new technologies are again introduced, this now third generation equipment is moved down the chain to users who don’t mind, or are oblivious to, old hardware. Think of third-generation hardware as the old ThinkPad sitting on your mother’s desk, or grandpop’s Apple IIe.You have an opportunity to sell at every step in the tech¬nology trickle-down process. Pre-order new technology before launch to capitalize on the high, post-launch demand. Watch the hot technology companies to find out when they are set to launch a new product and buy up the inventories of retailers selling off soon-to-be second-generation equipment to make room for the new first generation. Finally, sell off third-generation items at high-volume and rock-bottom prices to turn a profit. Seek new markets for old hardware, such as collectors, hobbyists, and young businesses.Meet a PowerSellerJohn Kreutzer is a Mac-fanatic. His history of using, fixing and teaching Apple computers dates back to their very first models in the late 1970s. In 2001, John decided to capitalize on his expertise by starting a business buying and selling his favorite computers. But you won’t find only computers in his eBay store, Jack’s Mack Shop. You’ll also find the Macintosh operating system, Apple’s various applications, and all sorts of Apple computer peripherals.The items he sells range from brand new to over 25 years old. John enjoys finding his Macs new homes with collectors, bargain hunters and other Mac-fanatics. One of the parts of the business that he enjoys most, John says, is working with his customers to help them find the right products and solve any problems that emerge. Owning the business allows John to work with the products and systems that he finds exciting.John’s customers respond well to his enthusiasm for his products. They have awarded him a 99.6 percent positive feedback rating on more than 3,800 transactions. He is credited with being a fast shipper, very helpful during transactions, and having a profound grasp of all Apple and Apple-related products. John is a good example of creating a successful business out of doing what you love.Learn more about selling computers on eBay from the book How to Sell Computers and Accessories on eBay from EntrepreneurPress.com. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 7 min read January 9, 2007 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more