The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Windows Maintenance

Lifehacker provides a great chart (above) and summary of which maintenance tools are good, which are bad and which are pure snake oil.


Gizmodo iPhone 4G "Exclusive" is a FAKE

UPDATE: Cnet News appears to have interviewed the father of Gray Powell who confirms that his son was "devasted" and that the person who found the phone is a "thief". I guess my conclusions were all wrong :(

I wanted to apologise for my unnecessarily long hiatus. To be perfectly honest there was nothing pressing that I wanted to discuss. There is now.

A few days ago the gadget blog Engadget posted a story claiming that it had pictures of the new iPhone. Many were skeptical and there was an abundance of commentators alleging that the device was a knock of. Indeed this was hardly the first time a gadget blog had posted an exclusive on a “new” product.

The revelation by Engadget was hardly earth shattering; however, it was the next series of events that blew this story straight into Jobs’ Reality Distortion Field.

The next day another tech blog Gizmodo claimed that they had not only seen the device, but actually had it in their possession and would be coming out with a review.

Several parties were apparently offered access to the device, including Engadget. DailyFinance claimed that the editor-in-chief of Engadget, Joshua Topolsky did not believe in "checkbook (sic) journalism" and were not "in the habit of paying for scoops".

Gizmodo's editor-in-chief had no qualms in handing over cash for the device and this is where the story gets interesting. Apparently he paid $5,000 for the privilege.

What follows is the series of posts by Gizmodo.