Monday, December 17, 2007

Product Reviews on Amazon

Peer reviews are often a great source of inputs on the purchase decisions which most of us make. In some cases the reviews attract much more attention than the product themselves.

An Amazon user's review of the BIC ballpoint pen

"Today is the fourth day of ownership of my pen, and I have to say I'm starting to treat it like an old friend. ..In summary, I would happily recommend this pen to anyone who is planning on writing on paper."

This review about a duck called Ping "describes networking in terms even a child could understand, choosing to anthropomorphize the underlying packet structure. The ping packet is described as a duck, who, with other packets (more ducks), spends a certain period of time on the host machine (the wise-eyed boat). At the same time each day (I suspect this is scheduled under cron), the little packets (ducks) exit the host (boat) by way of a bridge (a bridge). From the bridge, the packets travel onto the internet (here embodied by the Yangtze River)."

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