Amazon recently became so big in the UK that they now have their own delivery network!
Yesterday I ordered two bluray discs. Today, Sunday, I got an email from Amazon UK:
"Your order, containing the item(s) listed below, has been posted through your letterbox."
I thought of course it was a mistake. But just to make sure, I checked my mail box, and lo, there were the movies I had ordered maybe 16 hours before, Saturday evening!
I rarely need anything delivered that fast, but it's still impressive.
And you never know what you may need: years ago, my hard disk died on a Sunday. In desperation, I checked in a nearby PC World, and what do you know:
1: they were open on Sunday.
2: They had a Mac shelf.
3: They had just the software I needed (DiskWarrior).
4: It saved my disk!
The same software (I think it was), by the way, later saved important and unique data for my friend Laurie. He had been copying all his professional, irreplacable photography to an external disk, when the disk died. And incredibly, the folder he'd been copying also disappeared from his computer! This was five years of work!
He came to me, and I fired up the software, and we tried to get the disk to connect. We tried all kinds of things, nothing worked. Finally, when I had about given up, with the parts of the disk exposed to the winds, Laurie unplugged the cable and plugged it again, and said "try the button now". I did, and lo, the thing connected!
I said: "Don't touch a thing! Lets us copy all your work to my computer before we do anything else." So we started the copying, and went out to lunch. When we came back, I had all the photos safely, but when we tried to repair the external disk, it just died forever, so much scrap iron...
So I copied the files to a writeable DVD to give to him. Talk about a close call.