Archive for the ‘Tech Disappointments’ Category
  • Erik Gates, Mythbusters “Rocket Expert” dies from fall.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 9:34 pm
    In a bit of sad news tonight, Erik Gates, the proclaimed "Rocket Expert" of Mythbusters whom made several appearances on the show over the years passed away on December 20 after what doctors called blunt force trama to the chest. Apparently, Mr. Gates was working on some roofing when he fell 30ft. through a skylight. Regardless of your level of geekery and if you watched/loved/hated Mythbusters, any life cut short is sad and unfortunate. We can only offer our deepest condolences to Erik's...
  • Geeky-Gadgets iPhone app finally approved. Long waits, multiple rejections, and stupid reasoning aplomb.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 1:53 pm
    Travel back in time inside your mind to November 25th when we touched on fellow tech blogger Geeky-Gadgets' less than stellar interaction with the App Store and the mindless idiots who run it. November 4th: App Submitted / November 25th app rejected If you remember, the original Geeky-Gadgets app that was submitted on November 4th was rejected because of the contest category and some BS rule in the iPhone SDK that prohibits including or linking to such things. "Fair enough" said Ronald, e...
  • AT&T responds: No online NYC iPhone sales because of “fraud”. [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted December 28th, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    **Update: They're back...(see below) If there was ever a more obscure and BS answer, this would definitely take the cake for #1. It was only yesterday that we found out about AT&T;'s blacklisting of any NYC online shoppers from ordering iPhones. The most obvious (and likely reason) to those with even a small shred of common sense is AT&T; performing some damage control. With the holidays no easing and iPhone usage still skyrocketing (as is data usage) something had to be done to keep AT&T;'s NY...
  • Nearly two years after the fact — AT&T CS Rep: “New York is not ready for iPhone”. iPhone not available for sale online w/ NYC zipcodes.
    by Mike
    Posted December 27th, 2009 at 6:55 pm
    The ongoing spiraling in a downward direction that AT&T;'s image is continually traveling is both sad and entertaining. Could it be my sadistic side finding pleasure in an enemies misfortunes? Who knows. What I do know however is that reports from Consumerist this fine Sunday evening detailing a new revelation in the AT&T;/iPhone drama are quite alarming to say the least. Go to Apple's or AT&T;'s website and try and order an iPhone with any NYC zipcode -- it won't work. Now try any other maj...
  • “Racist” HP webcam gets the Consumer Reports test treatment.
    by Mike
    Posted December 23rd, 2009 at 12:37 pm
    A couple of days ago the online world went up in a tizzy because of two Walmart employees who pointed out an inherent and embarrassing flaw in HP's webcam software. The problem if you don't recall was that Desi, the black employee, was getting tracked by the auto-adjusting webcam while "White Wonda" was. I never implied that HP was deliberately being racist. Hell, come on folks. The algorithm is based off of contrast. What is bad however is that HP somehow didn't take the time to double a...
  • Tweeting your team’s victory a wee bit early — $7,500 fine, thank you.
    by Mike
    Posted December 21st, 2009 at 9:19 am
    Of all the things an organization shouldn't be these days is that of a technologically deficient and incompetent organization. The NBA apparently wants to milk TV/network deals for all their worth while simultaneously ensuring they further remove value and "closeness" from the fans the so desperately seek. Continue on... A few months back, the NBA issued a statement saying that all social networking done by players, coaches, team members, etc., was to be done only after all official news in...
  • 3D glasses to tag team that nifty 3D TV you just bought priced out of relevance for most — $75+
    by Mike
    Posted December 18th, 2009 at 1:51 pm
    Isn't it funny how HD's dominance as "the" TV tech to have was rather short lived? In some senses I guess it isn't that short. Looking at the bigger picture however again suggests otherwise. Overly philosophical theories aside, 3D TV is going to explode in the next few years. HD was cool and all, making the best of what a 2D picture could look like, but 3D is an entirely different animal. A fine, sexy, killing machine of an animal I would wager to say. One of the obvious tools the 3D a...
  • NYC goes one step further, bans in-ear cellphone devices for cabbies.
    by Mike
    Posted December 18th, 2009 at 1:30 pm
    Many states and municipalities are beginning to move forward with cellphone bans, making it illegal to use your hands and talk on the phone in the car. Hands-free devices such as bluetooth ear pieces fix this. For cabbies in NYC however, life just became a much bigger pain in the ass -- the city has unanimously voted to ban in-ear cellphone devices, specifically stating: "in the immediate proximity of the driver’s ear". Numerous reports and studies have been conducted showing the increa...
  • 2-year old falls in pool. Mom calls 911, sends a tweet. Followers rake her over the coals.
    by Mike
    Posted December 18th, 2009 at 7:17 am
    Would you consider yourself sympathetic and caring or would you label yourself a tad differently? Differently as in cynical and less compassionate? Think about that as you read this. A story running in Florida Today about a socially apt mother and the tragedy that has befallen her. Sometime between @military_mom's tweet at 5:22pm and 5:38pm, her 2-year old son fell into the pool. Authorities identified her phone call to 911 at 5:38pm. At 6:11pm the woman -- Shellie Ross -- updated her Tw...
  • Those unencrypted drones? Whoops, we meant pretty much the entire US military air fleet.
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    Not more than 8-10 hours ago we highlighted a developing story concerning the US Military's use of unencrypted feeds on unmanned drones. Wouldn't you know it, the situation is a bit hairier and scarier than that. Unfortunately for us, the US has built the satellite technology used in the current crop of unencrypted drones to all corners of the militaries various aircraft. Oh god. And now a quote from Wired after conversation between them and US Military officials: Since then, nearly every...
  • Since 2007: AT&T Wireless network upgrade expenditures decreased each quarter yet wireless data revenue up 80%. WTF?!
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 12:47 pm
    You know, every day that I'm not on AT&T; I pat myself on the back. How many times have we heard AT&T; PR fluff (most recently from CEO Ralph de la Vega himself) stating that AT&T; simply can't keep up with the massive data usage increases since the iPhone's launch? Charts circulated several weeks back showing the 5,000% increase in AT&T; data traffic clearly. A small shred of mercy may have been doled out but a select few. However, a new report published today by the AP in conjunction with a bl...
  • Zune Twitter app goes the China/Apple-net-nanny route. Censorship now standard! [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 8:27 am
    **Update: Microsoft pushed out an update for the Zune Twitter app. It's f****** fucking great. Get it while it's hot! Oh joy. Don't you love it when some company, software developer, or hardware manufacturer decides what is and isn't suitable for your senses to consume? I know I sure do. Mmmmm censorship and net nannies how I love thee. /sarcasm Blatant sarcasm aside, having the Zune team tackle the whole net nanny is rather disappointing. Kids may see vulgar content in live, user...
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