Monday, October 10, 2016

On the other hand, a dime still works as a make-do screwdriver

I'm not going to mention the name of the guy or his YouTube channel, but you may have heard about him already.

Apparently, he's a guy who dishes out technical advice to thousands of adherents, some of whom seem to need to adhere to a bottle of common sense instead.  

You've heard the commotion about the new version of the iPhone not having a standard headset jack, which forces the user to use bluetooth wireless earbuds ($149) which might fall out of their ear and need to be replaced ($149).  So Mr YouTuber puts out a video showing him drilling a 4mm hole into the bottom of his phone, 14 mm from the bottom left edge.  He tells people that there is a jack in there, accessible beneath the metal shell of the phone, and that's just not true. The video has racked up more than 7.5 million views in two weeks, and more than 81,000 dislikes.  

You'd think there would be a lot more dislikes.  But people seem to know this won't work...

And that doesn't stop people from doing it!  And then they are so surprised that their $700 phone is now a paperweight, or at best a reminder of how people will take anything they see online as the "gossipal truth."  Remember when the first iPad came out, and someone told people that there was a scale built in, and then weightwatchers started standing on their tablet to see what they weighed...?

I often wonder how people can go for these wild nonsense stories and then I remember, it's an election year.

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