If Apple is “Big Brother”, What Does This Make Amazon?

Here is an interesting story posted by Martin Bekkelund on his blog about a friend of his having their Amazon account closed and all books deleted from their Kindle. The best part of all is Amazon refused to help this person or even tell them exactly why their account was closed, awesome.

Even when the evil king of the walled gardens (Apple) removes an app from their store they don’t remove it from a person’s device. I’m shocked an Amazon rep didn’t swing by her place, take the Kindle back, and push her down for good measure. 

Stay classy Amazon, stay classy.

Initial Thoughts on TeamTreehouse

Signed up with TeamTreehouse a little while back to give some of their iOS programming videos a shot and I have been pretty happy with it so far. Since I have accumulated a few badges I wanted to share my initial thoughts.

One thing I have liked so far with the TeamTreehouse is the length with videos, most coming in at between 5-10 minutes. This is very short compared to trying to work through one of the 60min+ Stanford lectures. You can also download the videos to watch later offline.

The two things that have bugged me so far would have to be the length of the tests and the fact that the site’s forums are hosted on Facebook. 

The tests are only 5 questions long, not really enough to feel like you have grasped a subject all the way. I would like to see the tests have more along the lines of 20+ questions but that is just me. 

When I found out the forums were on Facebook I had a Solent Green moment, “The forums are made of people errr, I mean hosted on Facebook!?!”. I am not a Facebook fan and joining a Facebook group to get programming questions answered was a definate non-starter. 

Well those are my initial thoughts on Teamtreehouse, think I’ll stick with it at least another month or two until I work through all the iOS, design, and business videos they offer. Here is my referral link for TeamTreehouse if anyone else wanted to give them a try.

Quote #28

“I have the strength of a bear that has the strength of *two* bears!”

– Marco Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar Gabriel Garcia Marquez