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Gadget Blog Corrections Blog

An actually-researched look at gadget blog bullshit.

Friday, March 31, 2006

10 fuck up free days

I'm meant to updating this blog again but the gadget blogs haven't made any mistakes worth writing about that I've spotted. It's so annoying. Anyway, well done gadget bloggers. Email me and I'll send you a sticker.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Sound from TI calculators

Evan Blass of Engadget natters on for 145 words about playing music on a Texas Instruments graphing calculator, without mentioning exactly why the story is impressive. What he doesn't make clear is that TI calculators don't have any kind of sound capability, and the audio is being played by manipulating the serial link port.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Sony makes a radio that's just a radio

Sony decided to bring out a fancy radio. Engadget's Marc Perton is pissed off because, erm, it's just a radio:

What can you say about a plain, rectangular, $150 table radio that gets FM and AM, has a mono speaker, LCD readout and line in jack? If you're Sony, you call it not just a radio, but "the radio," and claim that you've taken "the next step" in radio technology. Sorry, Sony, but the late Henry Kloss did that decades ago, and it looks like "the radio" is just following in his well-worn footsteps.
Sony's press release is a little thin on details, but it sounds about as fancy as a radio can get (although the mono speaker is a bit crap) and it looks nicely put together. Yes, the press release is a bit over the top, but it's a company press release for God sake.

(Note how he didn't complain about the iPod Hi-Fi, which costs twice as much, does even less (it isn't even a radio) and had much more hype)

MacBook Pro "fire"

Gizmodo asks:

How safe is a connector that bursts into flames with no provocation?
Ars Technica says:
MagSafe power connector bursts into flames
Sadly, as far as I can tell from the Flickr post, the Wired article and the Dutch news post, there weren't any flames at all. It just sat there and quietly melted itself (I'd guess sparks from a lose connection).

The drama queens also found another way to hype the story. Apple politely asked the guy that posted the pictures to remove them. He was impressed with their customer service, so he did. How did Wired report it?

[Here are the pictures] that were removed from Flickr on Thursday at the request of Apple
Just about true, but note the use of the passive voice to imply black helicopters. Gizmodo on the other hand decided to just make shit up:
Adding insult to injury, soon thereafter Apple contacted Flickr and asked that the pictures be removed, and Flickr inexplicably complied with that “request.”