Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fun in a Call Center: You Might Be a Redneck

One time, I took an insurance claim from a trucker who had driven off the road. The trucker said the last thing he remembered before the crash had been listening to a Jeff Foxworthy CD. Well, after talking to the doctors about what had happened, the doctors think that he laughed so hard that he blacked out. If you're driving a truck and listening to a Jeff Foxworthy CD and laugh so hard that you black out and drive off the road…you might be a redneck.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Best of the Worst Reviews for Microsoft's Kin Phone

If the HTC DROID Incredible is the biggest hit of the year for Verizon, then the Microsoft Kin is definitely its biggest flop. The decision to stop production for the Kin a mere forty-eight days after it was launched allows us the chance to look back at its failure. The failure of the Kin isn't really a surprise to everyone. Here are the top ten best lines from the worst reviews:

  1. "...the idea of choosing this severely limited device which doesn't do a single thing better than even the most basic Android device is kind of crazy." -Engadget
  2. "I'm skeptical that young consumers will be thrilled with this first effort."-Associated Press
  3. "What was Microsoft thinking when it launched this ill-begotten device?"-Computerworld
  4. "Fun software, clunky design...the hardware is middle-of-the-road and the phone can sometimes be sluggish."-PC World
  5. "Quite frankly, I haven't been this disappointed in a phone in a long time." -Phonescoop
  6. "Verizon and Microsoft seem to be relying on consumer ignorance to sell the Kin, because only someone ignorant of their other options would get a Kin."-Windows Phone Thoughts
  7. "...the Kins are misbegotten, crippled creatures compared to pretty much every smartphone on the market."- PC Mag
  8. "...I have yet to see any compelling reason for someone to buy a Kin."- ZD Net
  9. "The impression you get using the Kins isn’t that they’re based on a flawed concept, really, but that they just aren’t quite done." -
  10. "If the Kin sells at all, it’ll be to a narrow slice of the population."-Gizmodo