Linked by gsyoungblood on Tue 20th Jul 2010 18:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless On July 15th the latest Android super-phone was released by Motorola and Verizon Wireless. All hail the Droid X. The release was not without controversy though. The Droid X, while greatly raising the bar for Android phones in general, does so at the expense of the very power users and community that made the original Droid the gotta-have phone it became. Alienating this group may have far reaching consequences for Motorola.
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by Morgan on Wed 21st Jul 2010 14:27 UTC
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"Disabling legally purchased phones because the user attempts to update or otherwise modify the phone is just like General Motors shutting down the ignition system of a car because the owner changed their own oil. That kind of built-in sabotage is not tolerated with cars, or any other physical goods, and neither should it be tolerated from Motorola."

Actually it is tolerated when it comes to inkjet printer ink. Have you tried to refill an Epson or HP cartridge lately? Once the chip in the cartridge registers it as empty (and often does so with 20% or more ink left) the printer will, from that moment on, see that cartridge as empty. It's possible to reset the chip in some cases, but often that requires reverse-engineering the chip or using expensive equipment.

Even businesses like Cartridge World who make a living refilling cartridges are affected; recent HP cartridges have to be "rigged" by them and still register as non-genuine with the printer.

Given all this, and combined with the exorbitant prices of inkjet cartridges today, one would think there would be a national outcry, or at least a response on par with the Droid X controversy within the tech/geek sector. But no, this has been happening for years and it's treated as an acceptable gouging.

Sadly, the only affordable alternative is to use two laser printers; a monochrome laser for high volume text-only printing and a color laser for the occasional photo or graphic. Even though this setup is more affordable over a long period of time, its initial cost is very high and the setup itself is unwieldy and inelegant.

Edited 2010-07-21 14:29 UTC

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