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Gadget Blog Corrections Blog

An actually-researched look at gadget blog bullshit.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

XBox 360: Money blunder

Someone at Gizmodo has never written up a console launch before:
Altogether, the parts cost [...] over $100 more than its retail price tag. [...] this maybe shows a grim chance of the unit ever going down in price.
Every recent console has been sold at a loss and has also eventually gone down in price. Here's a good article on the topic.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Samsung 250GB hard disk

How do you mess up a link to a hard disk review? Gizmodo managed. First the title:
Samsung Dishes Up 250-GB Platters
Except the drive has 125GB platters, which even the writer acknowledges in their first sentence:
Eclipsing Seagate and Maxtor, Samsung has come out with the SpinPoint P120, a hard drive with two 125-gigabyte platters, combining for a total of 250 gigabytes of storage.
But Seagate has drives with both larger platters and double the total capacity, so how have they been eclipsed? I think they were confused by the opening sentence from the linked review:
Samsung's storage division was just the second manufacturer to venture significantly beyond the 100 GB/platter plateau set by rivals Seagate and Maxtor in 2004 [...]
Which is as poorly written as the average gadget blog post, seeing as the first manufacturer to go past Seagate and Maxtor was, apparently, Seagate. A plague on both your houses.

Kenwood MP3 players: Boring

Thomas Ricker at Engadget whines:
[Kenwood announced new] flash players that don’t really offer anything innovative, unless integrated FM radio is your idea of innovative.
Kenwood's press release disagrees (quote is tidied up from Babelfish):
If this connected to certain stereo systems, play/pause, track skip, folder skip and so on are possible with remote control operation from the stereo's own controls. You can enjoy the sound at the volume of the stereo system. In addition, without using a personal computer, it is an easy operation to record audio to the MP3 player. Because the sound output is at the optimum level for the MP3 player, the highest quality sound recording is possible.
So the player integrates fairly seamlessly with Kenwood stereo systems. It may not be innovative exactly, but mentioning it would have made a boring blog post about an apparently boring player a hell of a lot more interesting.

LG-KP4700: Reading comprehension

Mobile Korea wrote this:
Its memory chip can store a maximum of 48 songs (4 megabytes per song). The phone also supports an external memory (T-Flash).
Paul Miller at Engadget wrote it up as:
[...] search for songs on the 192MB Transflash memory
Engadget writers: Can't read, can do basic multiplication.

Compact Flash <=> MiniSD

So, can someone at Gizmodo not tell the difference between a MiniSD card and a Compact Flash card, or what? (re: the "4GB version" link in their post)

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

4:3 TVs: Two thirds isn't enough

Someone at Gizmodo seems to be living in a weird parallel universe:
Panasonic may have finally realized that although the whole 16 x 9 flat panel TV thing is great for some things, there needs to be some variation. Especially when it comes to smaller LCD TVs, [...]
A quick search of 14-18 inch flat-panel TVs on Dealtime reveals 175 of 253 models appear to be 4:3 already. The same search for Panasonic televisions only reveals that the vast majority of their TVs are also 4:3. I'm aware Dealtime isn't the greatest source of factual information, but still.

Apple laptop upgrading: Which is it?

Gizmodo has a writeup about doing something to some kind of Apple laptop. But which model?
  1. "Upgrading Your 12-inch Powerbook"?
  2. "one valiant reader took the plunge and cracked the hermetically-sealed titanium beast"?
  3. "A step-by-step to turn your iBook12” into [...]"
The 12-inch PowerBook is made of aluminum, so that second one is an error within an error, which is kind of impressive.