Archive for the ‘Tech Disappointments’ Category
  • Restaurant forced to unplug live music nights because of licensing woes.
    by Mike
    Posted November 18th, 2009 at 9:14 am
    Many people wouldn't make it through life if it weren't for music. It feeds the soul. Why am I rambling about music again? Because I like music and the laws that govern music, licensing, copyrights, etc. are so backwards in this country it's disgusting. Maybe, just maybe my voice along with many others will show the world how truly corrupt these types of organizations are. Case in point: Bo Diddley’s restaurant in St. Cloud, Florida. The big stink simply deals with your usual greedy ...
  • T-Mo UK selling user data like cheap narcotic…
    by Mike
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    Some people sell crafts. Some people sell services. Some people sell drugs while other people sell user data...waaait...what? Chances are your user data has been sold to the highest bidder -- if you're a T-Mobile UK user. While we'd like to believe carriers have our best interests in mind, we are always getting reminded such isn't the case. Apparently some jerky T-Mo UK employees took it upon themselves to provide "millions of records" concerning "thousands of users" to third party "phone f...
  • The magical shape-shifting laptop-turned-Xbox 360. Brought to you by Geek Squad.
    by Mike
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 2:52 pm
    Even though we in the tech circle pan Geek Squad fairly frequently, they do produce some useful entertainment from time to time. Mind you, this "entertainment" often comes at the expense of some poor saps sanity. But I digress. Today's Geek Squad face palm of the day comes from Consumerist reader "Taylor". After a two week wait with no end in sight, Taylor ventured to Geek Squad's website and entered his service number. Little did he know a magical event was about to unfold before his eyes....
  • Pirate Bay logo gets patented — by clothing/tech company
    by Mike
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 10:07 am
    The Pirate Bay trackers may be down for the count, but that infamous sailing ship will live on, plastered against countless clothing items from t-shirts and hoodies to sweatbands and underwear. In an odd turn of events, that iconic logo used by The Pirate Bay is in the process of becoming patented. Yes, patented. But it isn't by founding members or anyone related to the company. Instead, a Swedish clothing and technology retailer called Sandryds Handel is taking it upon themselves to claim o...
  • Pirate Bay tracker sinks to bottom of digital sea for good.
    by Mike
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 7:40 am
    I usually try to start off each morning with something happy or exciting, but this is neither of those. The Pirate Bay team has announced that starting today, torrent users will no longer be able to use TPB trackers for downloads and will have to rely on other trackers instead. Whether you were for or against PB, you have to admit that in a relatively short time span (since 2003) TPB grew explosively, evolving to a digital giant with upwards of 25 million peers in it's prime. Sadly that prime...
  • $2 million gadget takes a salt water nap. [Actual crash video]
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 11:25 am
    Even though Gadgetsteria isn't a car blog, certain cars could be considered gadgets. The Bugatti Veyron is one such car. While initial price was around $1 million, demand extremely low quantities built has pushed that number upwards nearing $2 million in some areas. With that said, if you frequent the more mainstream news sites, you've probably seen or heard of the unlucky rich chap in Texas who decided to submarine his $2 million Bugatti Veyron into a salt water marsh. The driver was ...
  • Dolly Parton gives two thumbs up for IE8
    by Mike
    Posted November 16th, 2009 at 9:20 am
    You know, I really hate it when companies pay off people to support their products. People who have absolutely no idea bout the product or market the product is used in. Such people like Dolly Parton and companies like Microsoft get along well together. It's the people who are technologically retarded that often become the poster children of "dumb celebrities". Dumb not only because they are like a sheep being led by a wolf, but for carelessly and blindly accepting monetary "donations" for s...
  • After several accusations of erroneous data charging, Verizon speaks out.
    by Mike
    Posted November 13th, 2009 at 2:07 pm
    Getting over billed is something that no one ever wants. Not for the mere fact you give up more money than you have to, but often because getting your money back after the company faults you is a chore to put it mildly. Looking for a real example? Look no further than Verizon's latest hot water scandal over deceptive billing techniques and phone design. Say what? We've all had a phone at one point or another that had what seemed half a dozen buttons in some sort of diamond or square shape...
  • At launch, Sony Xperia X10 will only support 65k colors. Android 1.6 to blame.
    by Mike
    Posted November 12th, 2009 at 4:29 pm
    Oh the horror. Sony has been teasing us for days on end with Xperia 10 slideshows and videos of a UI that is simply gorgeous and now we come to find out that it's only capable of 65k colors. Before you get too upset and cancel your date with Rachel, you must know that this is a limitation with Android 1.6 that is scheduled to ship on the device at launch -- not the hardware itself. The OS simply can't make use of all the hardware stuffed under the X10's hood. There is hope. Android 2.0 ...
  • Microsoft confirms modded Xbox hardware banned for life! [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted November 12th, 2009 at 2:05 pm
    Talk about fast development, just yesterday we got word that Microsoft was banning all modded Xboxes from Live services and were speculating as to how long the ban would be in effect and how accused gamers could go about reinstating their account. Today Microsoft told BBC that banned 'boxes are gone...forever. So much for longevity by modding your system. In order to reinstate your Xbox live account, you'll have to back it up onto a new, un-modified Xbox unit. Banned hardware will still be a...
  • After countless delays, setbacks, and missed deadlines, Garmin M20 to come with WinMo 6.5. M20 relevance starts shrinking…NOW
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 3:12 pm
    You would think that after numerous missed deadlines and broken promises, a company such as Garmin who has been hyping up their Nuvifone offerings for well over a year now would have something that would truly drop our collective jaws. Sadly, with the latest announcement of all new Nuvifone M20's dropping Garmin's proprietary OS in favor of WinMo 6.5, a grim painting is starting to form on this once great concept. This is but one example of how a perfect idea on paper can falter and become a s...
  • Microsoft throws the ban hammer at over a million Xbox live accounts over modded hardware.
    by Mike
    Posted November 11th, 2009 at 2:22 pm
    Microsoft giving the 'ol ban hammer to Xbox live users for various reasons is nothing new. Though banning over 1,000,000 users because they're running hacked or modded hardware is certainly a deviation from the norm. The whole problem with modded 360's is it allows end users to circumnavigate the many layers of DRM in use by the Xbox software. Obviously game developers have a problem with this as games are then easily copied and saved to the device sans payment. Apart from legal worries, hav...
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