Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Zune Brick

You'd think Microsoft and Toshiba engineers would account for this.
Owners of Microsoft’s 30GB Zune player will be counting down to midnight tonight - not to ring in a new year but to see if their Zunes will miraculously start working again. Apparently, some sort of glitch prompted the internal clocks in the 30GB (only) Zunes to freak out and lock up the machine because they couldn’t handle the extra day in the leap year.
What was it that Steve Jobs said about third-rate products?

3 comments:

Funny Circus Bears said...

Steve Jobs - They broke the mold after they made that dude, which is a damn shame because we could use alot more like him.

Lou Minatti said...

We had at least one back about 55 years ago. William Edwards Deming.

Today's Zune fiasco has destroyed the product line. I am astounded that apparently no engineers at Microsoft (software) or Toshiba (hardware) thought it would be worthwhile to test the Zune to see how its clock would perform at the end of a leap year.

NOLA Doug said...

I am astounded that apparently no engineers at Microsoft (software) or Toshiba (hardware) thought it would be worthwhile to test the Zune to see how its clock would perform at the end of a leap year.

Working in software development, this doesn't surprise me in the slightest. Testing is one of the first things sacrificed in order to make deadlines.