Posted by wholeenchilada on December 19, 2007
Fortune Mag has a a list of 101 Dumbest Moments in Business. Here are a few that caught my eye:
Japanese manufacturer Toto apologizes to customers and offers free repairs for 180,000 high-tech toilets – thrones that feature heated seats, air purifiers, blow dryers, and water sprayers – after at least three catch fire. “Fortunately nobody was using the toilets when the fire broke out,” says a company spokesman. “The fire would have been just under your buttocks.”
Disneyland — it’s a fat, fat world
Disneyland announces plans to close the “It’s a Small World” attraction to deepen its water channel after the ride’s boats start getting stuck under loads of heavy passengers. Employees ask larger passengers to disembark – and compensate them with coupons for free food.
The Virginia Tourism Corp.
The Virginia Tourism Corp. scraps an ad campaign featuring people making heart symbols with their hands after it’s noted that the gesture is also the gang sign of Chicago’s Gangster Disciples.
Co-op Funeralcare, a funeral home in Dunfermline, Scotland, says it is investigating reports that employees routinely used the cremains of the departed to keep passersby from slipping on icy sidewalks. “There’s every chance people living nearby will have walked through the remains,” an ex-employee says. “Some of them probably even inhaled them.”
You can check out the complete list here: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/101dumbest/2007/full_list/index.html
Or use the slideshow version: http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/fortune/0712/gallery.101_dumbest.fortune/index.html
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Posted by wholeenchilada on December 19, 2007
From a post over at Slashdot:
“No surprise here, but to complete its humiliation, PC Magazine has declared that Windows Vista is the most disappointing product of 2007. Quoting: ‘Five years in the making and this is the best Microsoft could do?… No wonder so many users are clinging to XP like shipwrecked sailors to a life raft, while others who made the upgrade are switching back. And when the fastest Vista notebook PC World has ever tested is an Apple MacBook Pro, there’s something deeply wrong with the universe.'”
Read more of the post here: http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/12/18/0125207
Read more from the PC World article, quoted in the above clip:
The 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007
It’s not that Vista is awful. The integrated security and parental controls are nice, and the Aero interface is as whizzy as it gets. Searching and wireless networking are much faster and easier than under XP.
It’s just that Vista isn’t all that good. Many of the innovations the operating system was supposed to bring–like more efficient file and communications systems–got tossed overboard as Microsoft struggled to get the OS out the door, some three years after it was first promised. Despite its hefty hardware requirements, Vista is slower than XP.
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Posted by wholeenchilada on December 13, 2007
From Slashdot comes this interesting information – Most In US Have False Sense of Online Security:
“More than half of computer users who think they are protected against online threats like spyware, viruses, and hackers actually have inadequate or no online protection, according to an independent research study conducted for Verizon… While 92 percent of participants thought they were safe, the scans revealed that 59 percent were actually vulnerable to a variety of online dangers. Ninety-four percent of those surveyed said they would find it helpful to be able to diagnose or check their online security status on a regular basis to make sure their PCs were safe.”
Read more here: http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/12/06/1537256
Scary! Make sure you have current spyware, adware, malware, antivirus protection that updates regularly to keep up with the latest threats and make sure your wireless internet connection at home is secure. Even then you are only protected to a certain extent and can still find yourself a victim of indentity theft or hacking if you’re not careful when going online in coffee shops, airports and other public/open networks.
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Posted by wholeenchilada on December 6, 2007
Want to preview Yahoo Messenger for Vista? Looks like a beta release will be coming out today (thursday). Check out this article from news.com:
It’s just a preview, or a very early version, so it doesn’t have all the features other versions of Yahoo Messenger do, such as voice, Webcam, chat rooms, text messaging to mobile phones, easy photo sharing and conferencing. Those features will come later.
What it does have is a new interface, and it lets you organize conversations into tabs and drag and drop tabs out to create a new window. You can also keep favorite contacts by dragging them into the Windows Sidebar gadget, send enhanced emoticons, change the color of IM windows, adjust the display size of the contacts, arrange your contact list into multiple columns, and send files as large as 2 gigabytes.
Read more here: http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9829733-7.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5
Go here to download a copy of the Yahoo! Messenger for Vista preview (beta) release: http://messenger.yahoo.com/windowsvista.php
download squad has a bit more info in their post: Yahoo! Messenger for Vista Preview is live
Yahoo! Messenger for Vista is officially available as a preview download starting today. There are some important features that are missing in this build, but the significant additions might make up for the lack of features. The changes in Yahoo! Messenger include a complete change of layout, skin chooser, filter-as-you-type for easy searching, spell checker and a convenient tabbed conversation window that controls your desktop clutter. The rebuild also incorporates sidebar graphics that have the ability to show favorite contacts separated from conversation windows. Graphical elements in the new IM take Microsoft’s graphic subsystem into play for vector based interfaces and enhanced emoticons. IM’s can now be conveniently sent to both Yahoo! and Windows Live Messenger contacts, complete with up to 2GB worth of files.
Read more here: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/12/06/yahoo-messenger-for-vista-preview-is-live/
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Posted by wholeenchilada on December 5, 2007
The news blog is reporting a list of Top 10 technology flops. Some you might agree with (digital watch – aye!) and others you might not have heard of (Gallium arsenide – huh?), but here’s the run down:
- Manned space travel. At the 1964 World’s Fair I saw a mechanical enactment of a space shuttle docking with a space station. Aside from a few moon launches, that’s exactly where we stand–43 years later.
- Bubble memory.
- Digital watches. Come on, tell the truth; back in the ’80s you thought plain old analog watches were finished. Heck, we all did. Then retro came back. Go figure.
- Gallium arsenide. In the ’80s, lots of experts thought GaAs would supplant CMOS semiconductor technology in computers. But CMOS’ remarkable scalability has limited gallium arsenide to relatively niche applications.
- Head-up displays. The technology has been around forever, but, for some reason, has not caught on in commercial applications. It’s been available in limited car models for more than a decade, but I’ve never seen one.
- Pen computing.
- Information appliances.
- Speech recognition. This has to be the biggest disappointment of all, especially for Star Trek fans. But here we are, still banging away on our keyboards. At least biometrics is starting to gain some traction.
- Virtual reality. Yes, I know we have Second Life and it’s still the early days of VR. Nevertheless, the technical issues are way tougher than with speech recognition and we’ve been waiting for decades for that to become mainstream.
Read more here: http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9827095-7.html?part=rss&edId=3&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5
It’s an interesting list but nothing mind blowing. You could argue for years over what constitutes as a “technology flop” and what the real top ten list should look like!
Posted in gadgets, Internet, Technology | Tagged: inventions, Technology, technology flops, top 10 technology flops | 3 Comments »
Posted by wholeenchilada on December 4, 2007
ComputerWorld has an interesting article on the mini applets that Facebook supports: Review: The good, the bad and the ugly of Facebook apps:
“These applications act as extensions to the basic Facebook post-a-profile/read-a-profile functionality. Interested in something serious, such as collaborating on documents, using your friends’ collective intelligence to discover useful blogs, or finding freelance developers to help with an IT project? You’ll find applications for that. How about the not-so-serious, such as playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker or perusing the collected wisdom of Homer Simpson? There’s something for you as well.
Where do all these apps come from? Third-party developers think they see gold in Facebook, and they’re flocking to write free applications for the site, which is a development platform in its own right. At last count, there were more than 7,000 Facebook applications, and no end in sight to new ones.
It can be tough and time-consuming to weed out the pointless from the useful and the winners from the losers. We’re here to help. We’ve listed for you our favorite Facebook applications in a variety of categories, from the useful ”
Read more here: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9049261&intsrc=hm_list
You can also check out the Facebook application directory which, as the article suggests, has over 7,000 + applications with continuous growth.
ags: facebook, Facebook Review, Facebook Applications, Facebook Applets, Facebook Technology, Technology
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Posted by wholeenchilada on December 4, 2007
My folks passed this one along. It’s a beautiful video of a man missing a leg and a woman missing an arm doing simply amazing ballet. Even if you’re not a fan of the genre, you’ll appreciate the talent of the dancers and the creative choreography.
The clip comes from “Programme “Centre Stage”, Europe – Satelite Hot Bird, TV CCTV9″ and is titled “Hand in Hand”. The ballet is performed by Ma Li (馬麗) and Zhai Xiaowei (翟孝偉), with choreography by Zaho Limin.
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