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.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
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Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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