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Comment: Welcome to the Airline Industry Expedia / Orbitz (Score 5, Informative) 279 279

Airlines long ago eliminated commissions for in-person travel agents because they had the market power and how were 1000's of mom and pop agents going to fight the airlines? Fearing dis-intermediation, the airlines continued to pay Expedia / Orbitz and the reservations systems such as Worldspan commission for deal flow but now the airlines have the market power with their own sites.

Its a hard dose of reality for the online sites, who don't offer much functionality above what you can get on Southwest.com. My mom is a travel agent- and while she is computer challenged she can run command line commands into Worldspan faster than I can login to Orbitz. I've never understood why someone would spend hours online finding a site when a travel agent can do it all for you for almost nothing. My mother selected 3 of the 4 hotels for my honeymoon, the other coming from the NY times travel section. Guess which one was the dump with paper thin walls and crappy beds?

Linux

+ - Is Linux ready for end users?

citylife writes: After years of wanting to move to Linux but never quite succeeding (if MS can get wireless to work, why can't Linux?) we finally moved to Ubuntu as our primary OS (vista = bad). My wife took quite a bit of convincing that while it was different, it did everything that MS does and was much more stable. Fast forward one year-- I'm thinking about picking up another box from the Dell outlet with Win7 Pro installed and mentioned to her that she could go back to Windows and I could take the Ubuntu box she blurted out "No, don't take away my PC, it just works" and "remember how windows always dropped wireless"

Comment: Linux just works, or how I loved it on the desktop (Score 1) 1365 1365

I have flirted with Linux for years.. Downloading it, installing it and hoping to use it. But alas, it NEVER worked (of course, I was too lazy/busy to RTFM). Compiling the kernel to get wifi was insane.

After my XP box groaned to a crawl, it was time to buy a new box (wife was always complaining about slow, dropped wifi, etc). Since I was struggling to find an XP box, I decided to make the jump to Ubuntu-- and I'll never look back.

Wifi card JUST INSTALLED. Printer popped up after plugging in and said it was "ready". Ubuntu is fast, works mostly flawlessly (people pine like XP is awesome-- its not without its problems). For programs that won't work in linux (Fujitsu snapscan) I open a virtual box and run Vista (a daily confirmation of my decision).

Lastly, besides learning curve for "where things are" my wife (a walking EMF pulse) barely notices the "computer" anymore-- it just works and she can do what she has too----

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so." -- Ford Prefect, _Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy_

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