For a weekly update with no real agenda, we sure did spend a lot of time talking about the ridiculous approach Harvey Norman took to dealing with heavy traffic on Black Friday. It was just... unfathomable. A bunch of people chimed into the tweet thread and suggested it may have been by design, but they certainly wouldn't have set out to achieve the sorts of headlines that adorned the news afterwards. Who knows, but it made for entertaining content this week 🙂
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- The Harvey Norman website outage was just, dumb (some people suggested it was a deliberate strategy to create demand)
- Unifi has launched a search feature for license plate recognition in their Protect app (I'd really like to see this data surfaced into Home Assistant so I can trigger events off specific vehicles)
- I mentioned Ubiquiti's funny ads about subscription services for video being reminiscent of the old "Mac versus PC ads" (there's a whole series of these, check out their YouTube channel for more)
- Australia Post's approach to verifying identities using digital driver's license appears to be "she'll be right mate" (let's see if that's just a teething problem and they start using the proper verifier soon)