Archive for the ‘Tech Disappointments’ Category
  • Microsoft returns “serviced” Xbox 360 with a heavily modded case…
    by Mike
    Posted December 14th, 2009 at 10:06 pm
    In our day and age, no one ever wants to recycle, use someone else's old stuff, or even take a refurb. Sure doing so reduces on various planet sucking resources but that's not what anyone cares about. God forbid their *insert product here* have a hairline scratch that somehow takes away from the overall enjoyment. Out of nowhere rant aside, Gizmodo reader Nic H sent in pictures claiming to be a new repair method being explored by Microsoft. Obviously his model is a refurb as they don't c...
  • Cowboys HD giganta-tron does 3D like dragster without brakes, skydiver without parachute…
    by Mike
    Posted December 14th, 2009 at 1:50 pm
    Remember that massive HD TV that just mere months ago was winning praise from tech enthusiasts and sports buffs alike for it's bigger than life size? The glory of being number one is often short lived. And as we've learned from Tiger Wood's recent unfolding, any long stay at the top often ends unfavorably and scandalous. But let's get back to tech shall we? That massive HD monitor at Cowboy central had already conquered all other HD displays in the world so why not try for another award -...
  • AT&T is the sole reason for poor network performance, not anyone else. *Stop pointing fingers at everyone else*
    by Mike
    Posted December 14th, 2009 at 10:59 am
    Late last week and over the weekend I have seen numerous articles about AT&T; calling out heavy data users, smartphones, and the iPhone (not directly -- but gingerly stepping around a direct shout out with ample hints and suggestions) as the reasoning for their poor network performance. Ads have been made, lawsuits filed, and many a blog posts written all decrying AT&T;'s pitiful performance. Yet AT&T; bucks the trend and instead goes on calling out mobile devices as the reason for network proble...
  • Perfect Dark remake showing up late for Chirstmas.
    by Mike
    Posted December 9th, 2009 at 9:56 pm
    Hands down best FPS of the 90's is Goldeneye. That specific James Bond game proved to be quite the time sucker as I often found myself putting things off until just after the next mission. One other extremely fun FPS that got plenty of game time on my old N64 was Perfect Dark. Essentially it was just a more futuristic james bond as the guns weren't too terribly different. Till this day, long after GoldenEye for N64, Rare (and pretty much no one else for that example), has failed to continue ...
  • AT&T: “We know how to fix our network — Overcharge and limit customers with oppressive data caps.”
    by Mike
    Posted December 9th, 2009 at 3:04 pm
    AT&T; has got the greatest and most innovative, forward thinking plan to continue customer growth and carrier loyalty in the comming years -- limited data plans. AT&T; CEO Ralph de la Vega claims that a mere 3% of AT&T; data users are sucking up over 40% of the bandwidth. With as popular and widely avaialbe as the iPhone is as well as the sheer number of data hungry apps within the app store, that's not too hard to believe. But his "plan" for fixing the network is simply charging heavier users m...
  • JooJoo “The born again CrunchPad” get’s detailed…
    by Mike
    Posted December 7th, 2009 at 2:35 pm
    Fusion Garage and TechCrunch have been going at it for the last several days in a cut throat manner, both accusing the other of lies, deceit, and all kinds of other hurtful things. We all know what Michael Arrington and the entire 'Crunch team think. Fusion Garage announced today that any IP property or copyright claimed by TechCrunch and Michael Arrington is "ludicrous" and simply not true. Fusion Garage CEO even goes as far as to say that Michael Arrington didn't do enough -- practically an...
  • TV quickly losing relevance in the digital age. Exec’s *explativing* nouns.
    by Mike
    Posted December 4th, 2009 at 2:12 pm
    As broadband speeds increase and proliferate around the world, more and more people will continue their turn to the web for their one-stop-shop of entertainment. Everything from pictures, music, videos, games, etc. are all going online. Traditional manufacturers and producers of said goods are finding it hard to compete with the much lower price barrier of the internet. They're finding they can't mark up services and products as much as they can in the physical world. The obvious solution is...
  • WolframAlpha responds to the great mobile site slaying of ‘09 [follow-up]
    by Mike
    Posted December 4th, 2009 at 1:20 pm
    Yes folks, another follow-up. This time it's the good boys and girls over at WolframAlpha, the intelligent, thinking search engine. If you recall, the big stink was raised yesterday when WA pulled their mobile optimized page leaving the normal page the sole solution for mobile users. To make matters worse, they made it so you were starring at a massive page filling ad encouraging you to purchase the $50 (yes that's $50 with two digits to the left of the decimal) iPhone app. Well, there's a p...
  • Will the Nook ever be released?
    by Mike
    Posted December 4th, 2009 at 1:04 pm
    One of the best ways to kill a product is to riddle the launch with delays, misinformation, and overall insanity and frustration. Barnes & Noble seems to be doing a might fine job with that as we speak. The Nook and it's followers have been on a roller coaster ride for the past several weeks. Delay after delay has pushed the devices launch date closer and closer towards Christmas to the point that B&N; is saying we shouldn't expect Nooks to ship before Christmas. Hmm, somehow the people that ...
  • 800MHz, 3.8″ display packing Android device is fake.
    by Mike
    Posted December 4th, 2009 at 9:31 am
    That nifty Android device that pranced around here yesterday is nothing but a poser. Fake. Impostor. The device itself was pretty sleek looking. Sadly it just won't be. Sadness is overwhelming at this point I'm sure. Don't feel too bad. In another month we'll find some other gadget to lust over. At least be glad it's Friday... Phone Arena...
  • State of Nokia affairs: London flagship store going buy-bye
    by Mike
    Posted December 4th, 2009 at 6:51 am
    Londoners who made it a habit to routinely stop by their flagship Nokia store to try and and play with all of the Finish companies latest and greatest will have to find a new playground. Seeing as how Nokia's market share and profits have been tanking in a downward spiral for the last several quarters, it's no surprise retail outlets are getting the ax. All of that concrete and bodies to sustain said concrete cost money -- money that Nokia doesn't have. I'm sure we haven't seen the last of it...
  • WolframAlpha does it all wrong, neuters free version, overprices “real” app.
    by Mike
    Posted December 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm
    In the book of "Ways to kill your profit", WolframAlpha would have a two-page spread. One page for the insane price of of an intelligent search engine/question answerer and the second page would be about how they took away a dependable service. More on that second point -- WolframAlpha used to have a pretty good iPhone optimized site. That was until they realized no one was buying their overpriced app. Solution: Neuter the free offering and force people to pay the amount of 5 large Pizza Hut...
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