Archive for January, 2010

#Palm Prices Plummet – No #iPhone Killer Here

January 22nd, 2010 Comments off

When your price collapses this quickly you know you’re not an iPhone killer.  A few short months after their well accepted launch, the Palm Pre family of smartphones are hitting the bargain bin with a thud.

Verizon is n a price cutting spree for sure but now the Pre is up on a buy 1 get 1 free deal.  Not the ld Pre, but the new Plus models.  Given the buzz at launch you’d have thought that these puppies would have held their price longer.

the iPhone shrugs…

Verizon Confirms Pre Plus and Pixi Plus Costs, Buy One Get One Free Offer – Palm pre plus verizon – Gizmodo.


Dumb-Ass Airways Saves Flight From Dangerous Xbox 360 Threat

January 21st, 2010 Comments off

More hair-trigger madness.  So an Xbox 360 in the hold is somehow more dangerous than 200 laptops in the cabin?  RIGHT…..

Maybe we should all just stop flying for a while until this industry gets its feet back on the ground (or at least its head out of the clouds – Sorry couldn’t resist)..

US Airways Saves Flight From Dangerous Xbox 360 Threat – usairways – Gizmodo.


More hair-trigger madness – Gatorade terrorism anyone?

January 19th, 2010 Comments off

In the spirit of fairness, after chastising the Brits for arresting someone based on a tweet (and a tweet alone) it’s the Americans turn to rush head-long into the over-reaction department.

A San Diego 11 year old gets humiliated in front of his entire school, has his home searched by the bomb squad and is told to seek counseling by his hysterical vice principle for what?  Threatening to blow his classmates to hell? Burn his school to the ground? To bring down the government?  No.  All this for showing how a gatorade bottle can explode as part of a school science fare…!   What?  Has this veepee lost his mind?  Haven’t kids been doing just this kind of thing at science fares for decades?  Isn’t this the kind of thing that the Myth Busters do on TV every week?

We need laws to protect the innocent from overzealous tin-pot dictators who are hell bent of stretching their pathetically small amounts of authority to ridiculous proportions.  I hope this kid’s parents sue the shit of the veepee and the school district.

11-Year-Olds Science Project Causes Bomb Scare, School Evacuation, Hilarity – Science project – Gizmodo.


Your next #tweet could be your last!

January 18th, 2010 Comments off

Paul Chambers

What is going on in the UK?  The place is turning into a police state but its citizens don’t seem to care.

The latest Orwellian nonsense to come from my home country is the arrest and imprisonment of a frustrated airline passenger who no doubt like the rest of the country was going a bit stir crazy due to the relentless snow that’s brought life to a standstill in the UK for the past 2-3 weeks.

So this guy sends a tweet saying that if the airport isn’t reopened he’s going to blow it up.  Rather than do any actual police work, the cops just lock him up and confiscate his computers.  No evidence of any real threat, just a dumb tweet.  I know we’ve got to be careful about terrorist threats.  I grew up in the UK when the whole country was at the hands of the IRA so I get it, but come on people, at least search his house to see if he actually has or has handled any explosives before you run his life into the ground.


Frustrated Passenger Gets Arrested for Tweeting Airport Bomb Threat – Paul Chambers – Gizmodo.


Gary Numan – Unreleased 7-UP TV Commercial

January 17th, 2010 Comments off

I’ve been collecting and listening to Numan’s music for 30 years.  I had never even heard of this until recently.  I’m guessing it’s going to come as news to most other Numan fans also.  Well worth a listen.

YouTube – Gary Numan – Unreleased 7-UP TV Commercial Music! .