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Wednesday, December 31, 2020

If you gifted someone with a used Zune this holiday season, the recipient is probably hating you right now:

Call it the Z2K9 bug. [At approximately 2AM EDT on Dec. 31], a number of first-generation 30GB Microsoft Zunes failed en masse. According to accounts posted to Zune forums around the Web, the players seized up during the initial boot process and became unresponsive to the standard reboot or reset commands. “From what I can tell it looks like every Zune 30 on the planet has suddenly crashed,” one Zune owner wrote in a post to the Zune Forums. “Is this a virus? A glitch? A time bomb? A disgruntled Microsoft employee? Planned obsolescence to make us buy a new one? Or just a terrorist plot to drive the free world crazy?”

Looks like Microsoft has been blindsided by this meltdown and has yet to push out a fix. The good news is that it’s only affecting this one older version of the media player, not the other models; and contrary to some reports, the firmware updates aren’t to blame. Otherwise, many a Zune owner (assuming there are all that many — I’ve seen a grand total of two of these in the NYC wild) is now in proud ownership of a brick.

I’ll smugly note that my trusty iPod Touch (16GB, if that matters) has been plugging along without incident, last night and today. Suck it, Zunesters.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 12/31/2008 12:42pm
Category: Tech, iPod
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ho ho no
This may or may not be my final blog posting of 2008. (All signs point to “yes”.)

If so, I’ll leave it with the above cameraphone photo, just snapped yesterday here in Alphabet City. Something about this stuffed-toy Santa hanging around here, well after Christmas, makes me wistful — but in a good way. Plus I like the tiny teddy bear he’s holding, his marionette-like rosy cheeks, his plaid pants, and that he’s hanging from a winter-denuded sidewalk tree.

Flickr’d as well, of course.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 12/31/2008 09:54am
Category: New Yorkin', Photography
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Not that this is a monumental revelation, but I’ve finally made this connection regarding weather-related comfort (or lack thereof):

In summer, it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.

In winter, it’s not the cold, it’s the wind chill.

Seems straightforward. Although it seems to elude most people, at least when it comes to expressing the concepts in common phraseology: While the heat maxim carries much Google juice, the cold one hardly registers at all. More people like to bitch during the summer, apparently.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 12/31/2008 09:34am
Category: Weather
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