Broken

  • The horrifying sounds of broken hard drives

    The horrifying sounds of broken hard drives

    What’s one of the scariest sounds you can hear come out of your computer? How about the telltale clicking of a broken hard drive? Once you hear that click-click-click you know it’s game over. Hope you backed up your data. Datacent, which is a data recovery company, has a collection of broken hard drive sounds that should put the fear of God in you. Note that the site has been… Read More

  • Help Key: Fix an iPhone caught in a bad reboot cycle or that won't boot

    Help Key: Fix an iPhone caught in a bad reboot cycle or that won't boot

    This has come up a few times in the past couple days with folks trying to install pwned and failing. What happens is that the firmware doesn’t flash correctly and you have an iPhone or Touch caught in a horrible boot cycle that consistently fails. Sometimes it draws junk on the screen, which is basically the kernel trying to start and then failing and retrying. These instructions are very… Read More

  • Reader Rants: Sony's PS3 customer service killed my baby [Updated Again]

    Reader Rants: Sony's PS3 customer service killed my baby [Updated Again]

    Reader Mike sends in this rant about his experience with PS3′s customer support. Long story short, his PS3 stopped working and he had to send in his old unit before Sony sent him a new unit — usually vendors send a new unit and you ship back the old unit, but not in this case. Sony sent him a replacement unit but not the cables and, being a nice guy, he had already shipped back all of… Read More

  • You should fix your broken gadgets

    [photopress:toolman.jpg,full,left] Got a broken gadget? Don’t do like I do and throw it out and swear off using technology ever again—pay a man to fix it. The Times has a small piece on the growing high-tech repair business. Not that the business itself is high-tech—companies like Partsearch Technologies compile a database of spare parts and orders your parts as needed—but… Read More

  • Broken iPhones Appear on Flickr

    Broken iPhones Appear on Flickr

    This is poetry. Photos are showing up on Flickr of destroyed, broken-beyond-repair iPhones and I couldn’t be happier. It goes beyond mere schadenfreude, mind you. All that hard work waiting in a line, talking to the mainstream media as if there weren’t more pressing matters that needed to be discussed, all just to post a photo showing a cracked screen. Poetry. Apple replaced this… Read More

  • Dude Knows Better Than Apple, Offers Way To Perfect The iPod

    Dude Knows Better Than Apple, Offers Way To Perfect The iPod

    All credit to Wired‘s Leander Kahney, for he and he alone knows how to fix the iPod. You know, the iPod that rejuvenated Apple, helping transform it from Apple Computer to Apple, Inc. It seems Kahney thinks that there’s something& mdash; some things — wrong with Apple’s portable media player. They “bug” him. Watch out, world, Kahney’s on a tear. Read More

  • BuyMyBrokeniPod: Magically Transform Broken iPods Into Beer Money

    BuyMyBrokeniPod: Magically Transform Broken iPods Into Beer Money

    Gadget fiends like yourself probably have at least one broken iPod, so why not make a few pennies off it? BuyMyBrokeniPod promises to give you “top dollar” for your broken iPod, no matter what condition it’s in. Whether the battery is shot or you damaged the screen by putting it in a microwave trying to defraud Best Buy out of a new iPod (long story), the company will give you… Read More