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Hindsight has 100% test coverage

Browsing the blog that published the earlier Zune 30 bug analysis, I found another post, most philosophical about the media coverage of the bug. (Emphasis mine.)

What happened? Every Apple-loyal iPhone, iPod, and Mac owner threw a fit even though none of them actually owned a Zune 30 (You can’t run a Zune 30… or any Zune, for that matter, on a Mac). Thanks in part to the additional sensationalism promoted by gadget bloggers and, subsequently, news outlets the world over, a problem with a Zune model sold only in North America suddenly became a “Worldwide Zune Outage.”

But it gets better. How about all the haters at Slashdot fueling the fires with an article claiming that the Zunes were “committing suicide”? The word “bricked” also got thrown around way too much for what turned out to be an outage. Dickwads.

But, let’s get back to that “outage” thing. That reminds me of Blackberries, those ball-and-chain devices that are veritably equivalent to being enslaved by your company.

RIM reports “critical” BlackBerry outage
Mon Feb 11, 2008

Research In Motion’s ubiquitous BlackBerry experienced a “critical severity outage” on Monday afternoon that left users stranded without wireless e-mail access, its maker said.

Last April, a massive outage crashed BlackBerry service across North America, leaving thousands of users without access to wireless e-mail.

Well, shit. The Zune isn’t even an enterprise device that some companies rely on: it’s just a way to get the Rage in to your Machine. But somehow this problem gets Microsoft torn to shreds where with RIM it’s just business as usual.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I own a Zune 30. When I found that it had been rendered inoperable on 31 December 2008, I put it back down, went out of my house, and played D&D for twelve hours. And on the way there, I listened to the radio. I guess that’s why I still own a Zune, too. Apple refuses to put radios, an excellent way to get free, dynamic programming, in their iPods.


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