Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Well, they're still doing printers at Boise, but I can't think of anything that was in Cupertino that's still in business - terminals, technical and business minicomputers. I was wondering if that site was even still operating. Spoke too soon. The Boise site is also reducing its footprint as buildings are being emptied.
HP to close Cupertino campus
By Brandon Bailey
Posted: 07/15/2010 07:59:52 PM PDT
Computer giant Hewlett-Packard said Thursday that it plans to close its longtime campus in Cupertino, while transferring several thousand workers to its Palo Alto headquarters over the next two years.
The announcement is a blow to the city of Cupertino, said Mayor Kris Wang, who added that the city gets tax revenue from HP's operations in her city.
The 100-acre campus has been home to some of HP's personal computer division as well as some of HP's commercial software and hardware units. It's also the site of a high-tech "customer briefing center," where HP holds meetings and shows off some of its wares to corporate clients.
"Closing the Cupertino site is a big change, and we recognize that the transition will touch all Bay Area employees in some way," said Pete Bocian, HP's chief administrative officer, in a memo sent to employees Thursday.
By consolidating operations in Palo Alto, he added, HP "will create a more productive, flexible, ecological and highly energized work environment."
...In a brief statement Thursday night, HP said the move is part of a broader strategy "to improve efficiency across the company. This effort allows HP to better use space, continue to reduce our carbon footprint and provide employees with a more collaborative work environment."
Monday, July 12, 2010
Aug 2010 - You can still theoretically get 5% Shell Mastercard Rebate, but most likely time to dump it
• Non-gas rebates are reduced from 1% to 0.5%
• No rebates at all for non-Shell gas
• Rebates are credited for FUTURE bills, not previous bill
• If you don’t rack up $25 in rebates, you don’t get paid. At 5% That means you have to buy $500 in gas, or 10 to 20 weeks worth, assuming you always buy at Shell, which you might not.
• Even if you do rack up $25 in rebates, you have to buy $25 in gasoline from Shell that month, or a fill-up or so.
• Rebates must be redeemed in 12 months
Sioux Falls, SD 57117
Dear Valued Customer,
Due to this challenging business and economic climate, the cost of doing business has dramatically increased. As a result, we need to make changes to your Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program Terms and Conditions . Please be assured that we value you as a customer and we have worked very hard to preserve the broad availability of credit as well as the value of your card. We sincerely appreciate your business and hope to serve you in the future at your neighborhood Shell station.
Even with these changes, you can earn 5% rebates on Shell gasoline purchases. Be sure to read the Notice below and the complete Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program Terms and Conditions on the reverse side. There is no action required on your part, but should you have any questions, please contact Customer Service at the number on the back of your card.
Citibank (South Dakota), N.A.
Notice of Changes to the Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program Terms and Conditions
We are changing the terms and conditions of the Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program, and replacing your current terms and conditions with the new Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program Terms and Conditions on the reverse side of this Notice. The new terms will be effective as of the first day of your first billing period that begins on or after August 1, 2010 ("Effective Date").
Listed below are some of the new terms of the Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program. For complete details regarding the new terms of the Program, please review the new Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program Terms and Conditions.
1. You will earn a rebate of 0.50% on your purchases (other than Shell gasoline purchases and Jiffy Lube purchases, which continue to earn rebates of 5%). Rebates are earned only on qualifying purchases as described in the Shell Platinum Select Mastercard Rebate Program Terms and Conditions (It was 1%)
2. You will not earn any rebates on purchases of non-Shell branded fuels. (It was 1%)
3. The maximum amount of rebates you may earn in any billing cycle is $20. (I think this limit is new)
4. Rebates will be automatically redeemed on your billing statement by crediting your earned rebates toward qualifying Shell gasoline purchases made in future billing cycles. Rebates will be redeemed only in increments of $25. Once you have accrued $25 in rebates, you must make at least $25 in qualifying Shell gasoline purchases in a future billing cycle for
your rebates to be redeemed. This change will apply to any rebates you have earned, but that have not been redeemed, prior to the Effective Date.
5. Rebates not redeemed within twelve monthly billing cycles after the date they are earned will expire. You will forfeit all accrued rebates if your account is closed (whether closed by you or us) or if you default under the terms of your Card Agreement. For example, if you make a late payment or send us a payment that is not honored, you will forfeit all accrued rebates.
See reverse side for new Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program Terms and Conditions
SHELL PLATINUM SELECT MASTERCARD REBATE PROGRAM TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program is a program of Citibank (South Dakota), N.A. ("we" or "us"). Rebates are earned by making qualifying purchases with your Shell Platinum Select MasterCard. Only purchases made for personal, family or household purposes are qualifying purchases and earn rebates. In addition, the following purchases are not qualifying purchases and do not earn rebates: purchases made for business or commercial purposes, purchases of diesel or aviation fuel, and purchases of non-Shell branded fuels.
You earn rebates of 5% on qualifying gasoline purchases made at Shell locations in the United States ("Shell Purchases") and on qualifying purchases made at participating Jiffy Lube locations in the United States. You earn rebates of 0.50% on other qualifying purchases. The maximum amount of rebates you may earn in any billing cycle is $20. We decide whether your purchase is eligible for 0 rebate, and which rebate (if any) applies. Our decision may be based upon the information provided to us about your purchase by the Shell station, or other merchant, where your purchase was made.
The rebates you earn will be shown on your billing statement. Rebates will be automatically redeemed by crediting your earned rebates toward qualifying Shell Purchases made in future billing cycles. Rebates will be redeemed and credited on your statement only in increments of $25. Once you have accrued $25 in rebates, you must make at least $25 in qualifying Shell Purchases in a future billing cycle for your rebates to be redeemed.
Purchases returned for credit do not earn a rebate and your balance will be adjusted (including rebates already redeemed) in the event that the purchase is returned or a credit adjustment is otherwise issued. Rebates are not earned on cash advances, balance transfers, interest or finance charges, account fees or fees for services and programs you elect to receive through us. Your account must be open, and you must not be in default under the terms of your Card Agreement, in order to earn and redeem rebates.
Rebates are redeemed in the order they are earned. Any rebates not redeemed within twelve monthly billing cycles after the billing cycle in which they are earned will expire. You will forfeit all accrued rebates if your account is closed (whether closed by you or us) or if you default under the terms of your Card Agreement. You have no property rights or other legal interest in rebates. Rebates cannot be bought, sold, transferred or bartered in any way. Rebates are not redeemable in cash and do not create a credit balance on your account. Rebates cannot be used to make payments on your account.
We may cancel, terminate or otherwise change the terms of the Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program at any time forany reason upon 30 days prior written notice. We reserve the right to interpret and apply the policies and procedures relating to the Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program and our decisions are final. The Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate
Program and/or any of its individual elements are void where prohibited by federal, state or local law. If we suspect fraud or abuse related to your account or the Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program, we may take appropriate administrative or legal action, including terminating your participation in the Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program, making credit adjustments
to your account or accrued rebates for rebates not properly earned or redeemed, and/or closing your account. We are not responsible for disputes relating to rebates between joint account holders and/or authorized users. You are solely responsible for making any determinations regarding the tax consequences of any rebates you receive pursuant to the Shell Platinum Select MasterCard Rebate Program.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Working out here from Seattle where they have large churches like Overlake, but this one you can actually walk the entire parking lot, though they have a shuttle cart. Contemporary christian services, their main pastor was the one who opened for Sara Palin when she was in Boise. Very polished good contemporary Christian worship/music, Scott Riggans leads, they also have a youth band and services, lots of rooms and classes for kids, serves the affluent Eagle community and other communities (I drive out from Caldwell) about 5000 membership (or 2500?) Big but not huge nearly new facility with two big screens and baptism pool behind stage/altar, a/v crew has radios to talk to director. When I filled in my card, they drove to my house and dropped off a wrapped mug, very nice. This was the first church like this I have driven by and I haven't noticed any similar ones since.