Posts Tagged ‘Stupidity’

HDMI group becomes “The cable Nazi”

July 11th, 2011 Comments off



How ridiculous is this? The HDMI Group who oversees the definition of, well, HDMI, is slapping C&D notices on the sale of cables that have an HDMI connector at one end and anything else at the other. Their argument goes – HDMI standards specify that both ends of the cable must be terminated by an HDMI connector – Any that don’t can’t be an HDMI cable.  Stupid!

If they want to enforce use of their connector to that degree then maybe they should have thought about all the devices out there that want to connect to HDMI enabled devices and designed a connector that doesn’t have a nasty habit of FALLING OUT of such things as adaptors.

To quote Ripley “Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?”

HDMI group reportedly putting a stop to Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapters — Engadget.


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.


Microsoft can’t even get it right for big bucks!

April 25th, 2009 Comments off

If you, like me, think that Microsoft is so off course that it’s going to take a reboot of it’s mid 90’s IE proportions to turn it around then you’re going to get a giggle out of this.

Not only do they have the gall to charge $17K for their questionably useful “Surface” touch table computer thingy but it seems that usability is extra at that price.

Didn’t anyone in Redmond think that a very expensive TOUCH device should be able to be set up using TOUCH?? Apparently not as not only is it almost impossible to plug it in without a tech support call but then you have to dig out a keyboard and mouse to configure it… Insane.

Oh poor confused, out of touch,increasingirrelevant M$FT.

Microsoft Surface setup impressions: “filled with mind-bogglingly frustrating usability issues”.


Found Footage: Swing yer iPhone ’round and ’round with Danglet – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

February 23rd, 2009 Comments off

Haven’t these people heard of pockets?  Looks like a great way to get your iPhone/Pod ripped off in a hurry. (un-dangled)

Found Footage: Swing yer iPhone ’round and ’round with Danglet – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).