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December 20, 2007  8:36 PM

Who’s sorry now? RIM, 365 Main, Skype and Rackspace

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
please_stand_by.gif RIM joined 365 Main, Skype and Rackspace, apologizing to customers for “any inconvenience resulting from loss of service” this year.

RIM blamed their outage on a software upgrade. 365 Main said their backup generators were at fault, Skype blamed a security update from Microsoft and Rackspace said all their problems could be traced back to a truck hitting a utility pole.

December 20, 2007  8:17 PM

Who’s sorry now? Apple

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apple.gif A representative from Apple’s legal department called to apologize to nine-year-old student Shea O’Gorman. The third-grader, who was learning to write business letters in school, sent a suggestion for improving the iPod to Steve Jobs.

Three months after sending her letter, Shea got a reply from Apple’s Law Department. She was told not to send in any more suggestions.

Shea’s mom, disappointed in Apple, brought the letter to the attention of CBS5 TV.

Here’s the CBS5 report.


December 20, 2007  8:09 PM

Who’s sorry now? Stephen Heller

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
diebold-voting-machine.jpeg Stephen Heller was ordered by the L.A. District Attorney to write a letter of apology to Diebold for stealing 500 pages of secret memos.The memos documented Diebold’s attempt to sell untested voting technology in California.

Heller passed the information to the Oakland Tribune, prompting the Secretary of State revoked the certification for Diebold’s touch-screen voting machines in California.

Diebold made news earlier this year after hacker Ross Kinard successfully created a key for a Diebold voting machine from a photo of a key on Diebold’s Web site.


December 20, 2007  8:04 PM

Who’s sorry now? Comcast

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse
comcast.gif In 2007 Comcast apologized for providing a Washington D.C. customer with an “unsatisfactory customer experience.”

Comcast was responding to a YouTube video showing a Comcast technician asleep on a customer’s couch.

At first there was discussion about whether or not the video was a fake, but apparently the technician really did doze off. It’s not surprising, considering he was on hold for more than an hour waiting for Comcast tech support.

According to the Associated Press, Comcast has fired the technician. Maybe they should apologize to him too?


Here’s the video the dissatisfied customer, Brian Finkelstein, posted on YouTube.

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December 18, 2007  11:44 PM

Overheard: The ten most entertaining tech videos of 2007

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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I am proud to present the WhatIs.com Editor’s Choice Award to our selections for the ten most entertaining tech videos of 2007. I apologize in advance if any of these aren’t new — they were new to me. Here are our selections, in no particular order.

1. Blockbuster SuperBowl commercial
Out of all last year’s commercials, this one still stands up.

2. Web 2.0
Web 2.0 explained in just under five minutes. Very clever.

3. Crash Differently
Do you live or work with a Mac fanatic? There are lots of Mac/PC parodies out there, but this one is my favorite.

4. Tech Support in the Middle Ages
Even the book was once a new technology.

5. Tech Tattoos
You know you’re a geek when your tattoos are of cables.

6. Geek Love Song
Tripod’s ode to geeks (or fans of just about anything) and those who love them.

7. Andy Blitz has a pop-up problem
This skit from Late Night with Conan O’Brien has Andy Blitz traveling to India to bring his computer to tech support. While he’s there, he sticks around to help out some people. Long, but funny.

8. Code Monkey
Jonathan Coulton’s hit song about life as a programmer. I’ve included several versions here.

9. Google Docs in Plain English
The Common Craft Show explains tech concepts in plain English in an entertaining way. Very unique approach to video tutorials.

10a. Here Comes Another Bubble
The Richter Scales echo Steve Rubel’s warning about a Web 2.0 bubble. Sung to “We didn’t light the fire.”

10b. Staying Alive in the Datacenter
This is what happens when you have too much time on your hands. Who knew geeks could dance?


December 18, 2007  11:29 PM

Video: Web 2.0 in just under five minutes

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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December 18, 2007  11:11 PM

Video: Blockbuster SuperBowl commercial

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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December 18, 2007  10:44 PM

Video: Code Monkey

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

The original

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Code Mondkey starring David Kim

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Code Monkey interpretive dance

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Code Monkey Anime

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December 18, 2007  9:02 PM

Video: Andy Blitz goes to India to meet his call center rep, Sharon

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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December 18, 2007  8:14 PM

Video: What is the purpose of a SAN?

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

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