Archive for the ‘Tech Disappointments’ Category
  • EA destroys Battlefield: Heroes with good ‘ol fashioned greed.
    by Mike
    Posted December 1st, 2009 at 4:48 pm
    Online gaming is one of those things that can gain quite a loyal following. Look no further than WoW (World of Warcraft). WoW has one of the most devout user bases I've experienced in my short 22 years of life. But WoW isn't everyone's cup of tea. For those looking for a tad more variety and more casual game play (read: you don't have to become completely entrenched), a worthy option was Battlefield: Heroes by EA. It is a great online shooter/war game that is basically a more realistic and ...
  • Consumer Reports reveals results to Best Carrier Service survey — AT&T gets the caboose.
    by Mike
    Posted December 1st, 2009 at 1:02 pm
    Surprised? Ya, no one is surprised. AT&T; finishing last in call quality is a given. To be fair, none of the big four carriers: Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, or AT&T; ranked above 75. Even still, more written evidence of AT&T;'s saturated and broken network is disappointing. But the real disheartening thing is AT&T;'s misguided response: We appreciate and value all customer feedback. We learn from it and it helps us serve our customers better. Without question the surest indication of custome...
  • Shocker: Nokia gets turtle shelled for showing off SNES emulator on N900. Bigger Shocker: Why hasn’t Nintendo monetized the ROM business?
    by Mike
    Posted December 1st, 2009 at 10:00 am
    Perhaps it was a defiant "FU" to IP law. It could have been a simple mistake. Whatever it was, the showcasing of an SNES emulator and ROM running on the N900 belonging to Urho Konttori, Product Manager of Nokia, was begging for trouble from the start. And like clockwork, Nintendo has sent the legal hounds on Nokia to investigate how and why such thing happened. Nintendo voices the same opinion that many game developers and companies voice: that emulators and ROM's are evil, sinister, things ...
  • The CrunchPad that almost was….(and hopefully still will be someday…)
    by Mike
    Posted November 30th, 2009 at 12:42 pm
    If there were ever a gadget that the tech world was so eager to see, touch, and play with, the CrunchPad was perhaps one of the top contenders. Eschewing any Apple related gear, in recent memory I honestly can't think of a gadget that so frequently soaked up headlines. While the headlines were often negative in nature, detailing yet another delay or setback, geeks alike were still primed and ready, waiting for a date they could get their hands on this wonder device. After reading the final ac...
  • AT&T hates the truth, democracy, and their customers. Communist flag waves high and proud.
    by Mike
    Posted November 25th, 2009 at 8:40 am
    Anyone with even the smallest smidgen of knowledge into the tech realm knows how corrupt AT&T; is. They lie, falsely advertise, and contort the truth for their own benefit. Such accusations and characteristics aren't much different from most American businesses but the lengths at which AT&T; goes as well as their blatant and obvious hypocrisy is downright shameful and disgusting. Without further procrastination, I bring you AT&T;: The consumer hating, money driven, lets kill everything that even...
  • More App Store stupidity…
    by Mike
    Posted November 25th, 2009 at 5:28 am
    Phil Schiller may be walking around with his head up his ass completely oblivious (or in denial) about the real state of affairs concerning the App Store and it's horrendous approval process, but we in the tech scene can see past empty promises and lies. The previous article I highlighted I sourced from Geeky-Gadgets. It's worth noting that I never source two articles back to back, or even in the same day from the same site as it just isn't good blogging manners. However, I stumbled onto this...
  • Core i7 equipped iMacs seeing shipping woes?
    by Mike
    Posted November 24th, 2009 at 5:33 am
    Broken glass and black displays -- not exactly the thing you want to see on a $2,000+ computer you just sold an organ for and waited what seems like eons. Reports from around the web are slowly trickling out this morning as more and more Core i7 Mac users start receiving their units. While not extremely high, the number of reported problems with either cracked glass or a unit simply refusing to turn on is above normal. Apple is supposedly replacing the units quickly and without much question ...
  • YouTube getting all pissy — yanking API rights from 3rd party hardware/services.
    by Mike
    Posted November 20th, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    Just when you thought YouTube was becoming this all knowing all loving *now HD* online video giant, they go and pull some stupid crap like revoking the rights of countless 3rd party hardware and service partners by making their API's off limits. Specifically, the new YouTube ToS prohibit anyone from using YouTube API's if they are "created for use on television set top boxes, television game consoles, or video screens packaged and marketed as television sets". Wow, asshole move there isn't it?...
  • Verizon sends rebadged Alltel employees packin’
    by Mike
    Posted November 19th, 2009 at 3:21 pm
    Today is probably not the best day to find out you owe $2,500 in back taxes, receive a letter notifying you of your late rent payment, or even going out to spend money on a beer if you find yourself a new ex-Alltel/Verizon acquired employee. Though crying in your beer may be the only thing that makes you feel better. I must stress however that crying in good beer is a travesty -- meaning a lesser beer is a more desirable tear collector. What constitutes a good beer? Anything that has "light"...
  • UK to soon see the end of the internet? Above the law “Pirate-Finder” being created to police the web, invade privacy and freedoms!
    by Mike
    Posted November 19th, 2009 at 10:39 am
    Living in the UK and using the internet, particularly any type of torrent or P2P software/service whether legal or illegal is soon going to become a nightmare. The reason for the hoopala is because of an planned change to the Digital Economy Bill currently under debate by Pariliament. The person seeking those changes, Secretary of State Peter Mandelson, is aiming to create a "secondary legislation" that can amend laws and bills at will and without debate or approval from any other government p...
  • Ubuntu 10.04 says buh-bye to Gimp
    by Mike
    Posted November 19th, 2009 at 10:07 am
    Used Gimp lately? You know, the completely free, open source Photoshop replacement? Apparently its become too good and what it does as the developers behind Ubuntu 10.04 have removed Gimp from the basic distro install. The dev's reasoning is that Gimp has become too big, too complex for most users and that any basic to medium-range photo editing can be done via F-Spot. I'm not your typical tech beginner so I don't find Gimp too complex in the slightest. Though I can see true beginners get...
  • Xperia X10 delayed?
    by Mike
    Posted November 18th, 2009 at 1:05 pm
    Can something be delayed if it hasn't even been given an "official" release date? If you can manage to work yourself around that question, focus your attention on the Sony X10. While a February 2010 date was seen floating around the page above but a few days ago, today nothing but good 'ol "TBA" finds itself front and center. Sadness? Or is this business as usual with Sony trying to cushion themselves from any self inflicted delays? I personally can't wait to feel Rachel up so this so calle...
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