There’s more to report on my post last week about an experience returning a 3-in-1 Maxtor network back-up drive that died after 60 days of use. What gauls me is that Maxtor sent me a refurbished unit instead of new unit yet said it would charge me the new price of $350 if I did not send back the dead unit within 30 days (I did and will be watching my credit card bills like a hawk.)
Maybe it’s like the rental car companies charging $7 a gallon if I don’t fill up before returning the car, but I only paid $222 for the unit THAT DIED AND WAS NEW from Amazon. Maybe, it’s $350 for units that actually work even if they are used. I think Maxtor’s return practices are sleazy. BTW, Maxtor is owned by Seagate.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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