Jan 7th 2011 9:17PM Gizmodo guys are punks. I'm surprised they are even allowed into CES after their TV-B-Gone prank in 2008.
Nov 17th 2009 2:31PM Yes, I do know what a survey is. I especially know what a survey with cooked data looks like.
Nov 17th 2009 12:46PM Lenovo's service (if you buy the right kind) is also quite good. It's a hold over from the IBM days, so there are a lot of service centers and the response time is quick. There's even a plan where a tech will come to your office/house/trailer-park with the necessary parts in hand and fix your machine while you wait. Also, Lenovo offers accidental damage protection. Something AppleCare does not.
Nov 17th 2009 12:42PM This "study" is complete bunk. This is only based on data from SquareTrade (never heard of them) for laptops that were protected under *their* 3rd party extended warranty. This is a small subset of the machines sold, especially from the manufacturers that offer their own extended warranties (e.g. Apple, Lenovo, etc.).
Also, enough with the "I bought a MacBook/Thinkpad/etc and it murdered my dog" comments. Your single anecdotal data point says nothing about the aggregate reliability of a certain brand's laptop.
Nov 16th 2009 1:49PM Rogue (and its derivatives) had the best death mechanic:
The penalty for death is death. Better luck next time. Re-roll please.
However, that kind of death mechanic leads to completely different game design and player approach. Anyone who's ever broken out in a cold sweat upon seeing a green "g" knows what I'm talking about ...
Nov 3rd 2009 11:48PM "Make a geek like a phone and common people are more likely to follow."
Oh, right, like with Linux ...
Geek friendly and consumer friendly are not always the same. In fact sometimes they are diametrically opposed. Also, a good geek recommends products that are appropriate for the person, not what the geek likes personally. If Google wants to go after the open-source hacker crowd, more power to them. But don't expect that to attract someone who wants their smartphone to "just work."
Nov 3rd 2009 11:38PM The main problem here is that unless you know what Droid is already, you have no idea what this ad is about. So if the purpose of the ad is to fire-up the rabid fanbois, then mission accomplished. If the purpose is to reach beyond Engadget/Gizmodo readers, then this ad fails utterly.
At least in the Apple teaser ads (e.g. 1984 Macintosh ad) there's some indication of what the product is. If Verizon does significant ad buys using this commercial, someone in marketing needs to be fired.
Nov 3rd 2009 9:05PM It only says "Verizon" not "Verizon Wireless". Remember that Verizon also does landline phones, cable TV, and home internet connections. Plus, most people associate Google with the internet, not mobile phones.
Nov 3rd 2009 8:57PM Wow. A commercial that doesn't tell you what it's selling. Too clever by half.
Oct 29th 2009 2:50PM In the video, they say that the light only uses 5% of the energy generated. 95% goes to whatever your application is. Sure the light is gimmicky and a little bit of embedded advertising, but it's not a large drain on the system.