Weeeeeell… of all the technology-related websites out there, there’s still a very special one, the mother of all the technology-related (news) websites sites and that’s, of course, slashdot
I always felt fortunate that my site made it to slashdot about two years ago with an OpenBSD-howto (the links in that /.-post don’t work anymore btw). And now, today, the headline is:
Well, what can I say? not much I guess… I’m glad someone in the comments says:
^_^ I mean, being called a hacker on slashdot and in (imho) the right sense, that’s truly nice.
But, from another point of view, it’s striking to me that, of all the publicity that this has gained the last couple of days and of all the comments on all those sites (and the couple of hundred messages(!) in my mailbox), it seems the current slashdot-crowd grasps the concept behind this the least and somehow that surprises me. I mean, you’re not gonna tell me the current crowd out there would rather be throwing away their iPods instead of fixing them themselves and making them better than they ever were? I mean, where has the passion for tech gone? Or did they all of a sudden change to ideal consumers who are rendered useless when something breaks down? According to the most of them, the
88 million sold make that a hundred million sold are ready for the scrapheap once they stop working… Maybe they should start reading the Make:blog also… (just a hint) ^_^
Luckily, there’s another commenter who gets it.
“Do you think everyone runs out and buys the newest iPod as soon as it’s released?” ... “8GB Compact Flash cards are under $75, and $16GB cards are just over $200 and dropping fast. I’d consider replacing my 10GB iPod’s drive with an 8GB flash drive if I used it for jogging or wanted longer battery life (I only use it in my car).”
But well, before I start to sound like I’m whining (because I’m not, I’m extremely happy with all the publicity!), and with or without the slashdot-crowd, this already gained enough momentum to put it into a next gear. So I’m gonna get back to work and get this adapter into production. Because, for those who may have had their doubts, that’s truly gonna happen! *^_^* (and very soon too!)
(and if you like a mail when this adapter is in production, just leave your mail address on the contact form and I’ll drop you a mail)
or, how yet another commenter puts it:
“Well, for one thing, he got you and many thousands of other people talking about it and thinking about it. That’s how new things are learned and discovered. Trying new things and learning from them. At least he actually DID something, rather than just questioning why other people do things on /.”
I guess the rest of the slashdot-crowd or whoever, will grasp the concept behind this when 32GB flash or more has dropped in price to, let’s say, $30 and you’re facing a dead 1G/2G/3G/4G iPod… I really would’ve thought that especially the slashdot-crowd would be visionary enough to see that, but well…
Oh, btw, about the slashdot effect... In contrary to two years ago, when I had to tweak and tune every last bit out of my then 1200MHz Athlon, I now spotted this in the RSS-feed of /. without having noticed it on my webserver… (!_!)
I guess a lot has changed in two years time… *^_^*
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