Awww Crap. Looks Like I’m In The Market For A New ISP.

Holy Out-Of-Left-Field News, Batman. I’ve stated previously that I will never give Best Buy another dime of my hard-earned money due to their consistent mistreatment of me in the retail space. Looks like they’re going to be mistreating me in the ISP space until I can find a replacement:

Best Buy Acquires Speakeasy: Financial News – Yahoo! Finance
MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY – News) has agreed to acquire Speakeasy, Inc., one of the largest independent broadband voice, data and IT service providers in the United States. This move strengthens Best Buy’s technology portfolio in the small business space, delivered through the company’s Best Buy For Business unit.

This, to put it mildly, sucks. I’ve always respected Speakeasy’s stances on customer protections and have enjoyed their customer support as well as the services they offer (including, but not limited to unlimited bandwidth and a static IP address) and now, well, every dime I send Speakeasy’s way will be going directly into Best Buy’s filthy, hideously bloated, uncaring pockets.
I guess I’ll be giving Earthlink a call, as there’s no way I’m going back to the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is Comcast.

Take That, Best Buy Hosers!

I’ve documented my run-ins with Best Buy before, so it was with no little glee that I read of an improvisational “performance” involving a team of about 50 volunteers dressed in the standard BB uniform (blue collared top, khakis, belt and black shoes) invading a Manhattan Best Buy. The pictures and written accounts of the performance are priceless, including the revelation that “Thomas Crown! Thomas Crown Affair!” is a bona fide Best Buy security codeword.