Next Xbox Update Will Block Third-Party Storage Cards

Next Xbox Update Will Block Third-Party Storage Cards

A reader sent along this tip, and his complaint, that Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox 360 update will block third-party storage devices.

Deals, Mourned

Deals, Mourned

Way back in the olde tyme of March 1, 2006, our Morning Deals Roundup led many of our readers to lie to Microsoft in hopes of receiving a free USB drive.

Morning Deals Round-Up

• Top Secret Threadless Sale! Buy 3 or more tees, get them all for $10 each. (Thanks, Garret!)

Morning Deals Round-Up

• Amazon continues the inexplicable price drops flash memory cards, with the SanDisk 1GB Ultra II Secure Digital card for $59, the SanDisk 1GB Ultra II CompactFlash card for $60, and the SanDisk 1GB Memory Stick Pro Duo card for $59.

Morning Deals Round-Up

• Amazon has the SanDisk 2GB Ultra II Secure Digital Memory Card for $88, shipped free. We’re considering buying it, despite the fact that SD is our least-used memory card format.

Consumers Speak: More Omni Technologies Hassles

I was perhaps the first to get this treatment from Omni back in 2003:

Omni Technologies Responds

Omni Technologies’ Customer Service Director Cary Janssen wrote regarding the Michael G’s complaint about the company we posted yesterday.

Greetings!

Consumers Speak: Omni Technologies RAM Leaves Bad Memories

The reader complaints here on The Consumerist can be a bit murky at times, but if everything in Michael G’s story is as he reports then there’s no reason not to blacklist this company from your shopping selections. We’ll put his whole complaint about Omni Technologies after the jump, but we’d like to excerpt one bit from it here just to highlight the absolute insanity of their responses.

After two weeks of waiting for the RAM to arrive, I called them back and spoke to a Mr. Grant. He gave me some BS about that memory still being manufactured…

RAM for computers (a Mac in this case) is manufactured by a very small set of companies, all of whom buy the actual memory chips from companies like Samsung and Hynix Semiconductor—not podunk companies who can’t figure out how to put text on a website without using Photoshop. In fact, in a shocking bit of journalistic fervor, we called them and asked. They don’t make the chips nor sticks of memory themselves, they told us. So what they were trying to say, when they said the chips were being manufactured, were that they were out of stock.

Law Firm Investigating Powerbook RAM Problems for Class Action

Law Firm Investigating Powerbook RAM Problems for Class Action

We’ve heard many times that Apple Powerbooks are finicky about RAM (and that may be true), but it would appear that for owners of 15-inch Powerbooks, it might not be the memory that has the problem after all. A law firm is investigating claims that a fairly recent version of Mac OS X corrupted the firmware in the memory controller inside Apple Powerbooks, rendering the lower of two memory slots unusable.