Yuck! Proprietary USB Cables

Chris Pirillo makes a good point in this video. Before I say anything further, you should watch it: There, now that you’ve seen his ire, you can read my reasoning. Plenty of us know that proprietary anything is usually bad for the consumer. Proprietary data formats force us to use the same program (switching would be a pain — manual re-entry — because the software company didn’t make a converter or export function). Proprietary procedures mean patents, trademarks, copyrights, or whatever, and mean no two companies will necessarily do things the same way. And proprietary connectors lock in an accessory…

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HP Doesn’t Support Weird Problems

As you all should know if you’ve been following this blog for a while (well, actually, since , which is doubtful), I have an HP iPAQ with Wi-Fi that hasn’t worked for a long time now. That was nearly two years ago, and since then, I’ve been through several conversations with HP’s technical support team, over various media, with no solution. First I tried a chat, then an email, then another chat, and another, but nobody has been able to solve my problem. In fact, the email support request was rejected for some odd reason. Before the most recent chat…

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