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In case you’re one of a tiny handful of people who have not already watched this video, I thought I would embed it here. Be forewarned: the language in this epic creation is definitely not safe for the workplace – or around young children. However, it IS one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a very long time. I have watched it probably ten times already, and laugh myself stupid each and every time.

Most every I know who has watched this video has had the same reaction. It’s damn funny. Nowhere in the video does the creator, Tiny Watch Productions state their name nor place of employment. There is nothing in the video at all that would lead someone to believe that the person who made it works for Best Buy. I have watched and listened very carefully tonight, and I cannot find a single thing that points to that particular company in any way, shape or form. So, then, why is Best Buy now trying to fire the young genius who gave us this video goodness?

25-year-old Brian Maupin (of Kansas City, Missouri) has been suspended indefinitely from his job selling mobile phones at his local Best Buy. “They felt it disparaged a brand they carried (iPhone/Apple) as well as the store itself and were fearful of stockholders & customers being turned off to Best Buy Mobile,” Maupin says. Despite the fact that the cartoon character in the video states that the made-up store is called “Phone Mart,” someone at Best Buy decided it could be damaging.

Seriously? What executive (who has too much time on their hands, apparently) is responsible for thinking this one up? Come on, people. This was comedy. It was not directed at Best Buy. Brian didn’t even use his real name in the video credits. NO ONE would likely have ever made a connection to your store had it not been for you taking action against him.

The only laughable part of this whole mess is the fact that Best Buy is right… there may be people turned off of Best Buy Mobile as a result of this video. HOWEVER, it will be because of their pathetic reaction to it, and their treatment of Brian… NOT due to the video itself. Bad move, Best Buy.

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The New Rituals of Manhood: When Technology Obsessed Opinions Turn To Hatred http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/06/23/the-new-rituals-of-manhood-when-technology-obsessed-opinions-turn-to-hatred/ Wed, 23 Jun 2010 23:50:17 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=20592 Continue reading The New Rituals of Manhood: When Technology Obsessed Opinions Turn To Hatred ]]> This is a guest post written by Imei Hsu, RN, MAC, LMHC.

For Apple iPhone 4OS fans, it’s Christmas in late June.

Millions of iPhone users will be picking up a pre-ordered phone or skipping happily to their doors when the delivery person arrives Wednesday June 23 and Thursday June 24, whilst newly recruited buyers will wrap their hands around their first iPhone.

As the “n00b of Social Media” and an observer to the cult-like following of the new iPhone 4OS, I’ll make my first light-hearted predictions: 1) AT&T will likely suffer a day’s disaster on their network from the surge of new users, 2) You won’t find many lines at Apple stores for the iPhone, as savvy customers have been alerted to how they can obtain iPhones without long lines, and 3) Android fanboys will continue to downplay the new iPhone 4OS’s features while punishing users and reviewers of Android products if they do not sing the praises of their beloved OS and features to the right tune.

As a psychotherapist, I lay on the table this statement: by opening my mouth and sharing my opinion, I know that some people might make it their personal mission statement to vomit something lewd, judgmental, or demeaning simply because they don’t agree with my opinion. This, in fact, is what has been happening on the Internet in such forums as Facebook updates and Youtube comments found on the pages of technology bloggers and reviewers.

If you take a few minutes to scan through the comments on Chris Pirillo’s video impressions on the HTC EVO 4G, as well as his impressions on the iOS 4 update as recorded from the HTC Evo, and finally the 12 things to love about the HTC EVO 4G, it doesn’t take a geek to notice a shift in the comments away from questions or descriptions about the products themselves. Without warning, comments contained character assumptions and assassinations, name calling, and unsubstantiated comparisons to just about anything in the universe.

Here’s a few “tame” examples (the worst were removed), in italics, below:

What a HATER…….remove the iphone from your colon….everyone loves this phone except you…no one is that stupid like (mr. likes dressing up his gay dogs) makes them out to be

I imagine your entire LIFE is too complicated and SUCKS.

This is what happens when you have Apple fanboy-ism invading on anything other than Apple. Apple could make a Tonka-like toy with one button and moo’s every time that button is pressed and these fanboys will say it’s better than absolutely anything on the market.

He didn’t point out any flaws. His whole purpose was to try and make the phone look stupid (it doesn’t SAY to swipe downward .. so the phone is dumb!). Actually.. he’s dumb. “Is WiFi on??” Well, idiot… try READING THE MANUAL! Does the phone have to provide moron tips on every screen to make this guy happy? For someone ‘reviewing’ smart phones he’s an idiot.

I can’t help but be fascinated by this phenomenon. What exactly are we seeing here? Humor me as I share with you my personal theory about why these tech-obsessed commenters have moved from opinion into hate statements against another person’s character and intelligence.

While society used to have rites of passage for young boys to prove their manhood, today’s kids have little left to them than the ability to pay for their tux and tails at a senior ball and an adult’s talk on how to use a condom to prevent a pregnancy and the spread of STD’s. If you click on the handles/names of the commenters, you’ll find that the majority of the “haters” are under the age of 25. Spelling and grammatical errors tip off readers when commenters age ranges are more likely 12 – 15 years old. If you’re a 12 – 15 year old boy (who likely isn’t even paying for the phone or the computer he uses), what would be one way to let people know you are a force to contend with?

Social scientists have an answer for that: Bare your teeth. Growl. Do what you can to get attention. These actions were all parts of rites of passages for young boys to prove that they belong to the world of men. They are no longer their mother’s boys. And these rites of passage are all but lost in the modern world of technology. Or are they?

Elizabeth Landau recently posted an interesting study about men’s health issues on Dr. Gupta’s blog for CNN. com. In her article, she cites a British study about men’s voices as an accurate predictor of the physical size of men and their ability to fight.

I’m wondering if social media platforms such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Youtube are being adopted by teens and young men as an urban rite of passage. Without a spear to catch a fish or kill a giraffe for food, boys may be turning to the Internet to hunt for proof of their ability to “take on” the giants. They have access to technology writers, big companies, and celebrities in ways they didn’t have just five years ago. And what better way to quickly demonstrate the fight within them than to defend and use the tools they have to take their giants down?

If my theory is correct, what we’re seeing in the commentary thread is a fight against shame (i.e. Am i worthy? Am I tough?) fronted by a defense of one’s most beloved tools (an OS, a laptop, a smart phone, a software program, a platform). The tools are what allows these voices to be heard for their growls and grunts, and these must be defended at all costs. If and when the tools become obsolete or shown to be inferior, might the user also feel a sense of inferiority and shame? Does this explain the over-response we’re seeing in the commentary threads?

The fight becomes about the sword, not the samurai.

When there is nothing left to be done, the commenter moves onto character assassination mode. Get ready for some of the most boring use of expletives you have ever seen. [BTW, in my private practice, I remind clients that they should feel free to swear, but only if they do so in an interesting way]. Be prepared for a host of subjective and unsubstantiated comments, especially about your appearance, IQ, the way you sound, their projections and speculations about your sexual orientation or practices, or the level of happiness you may or may not be experiencing.

All in all, Social Media users should be prepared for less mature users to project their mother and father issues on you. They want validation for their tools, which they can then attribute to their own sense of character and self-esteem. Yes people, we’re seeing a correlation between online gaming and real life at its best: he who has the best tools gets the girl, has the charmed life, and wins the crowd. [Yuck.] It’s just not true. You still need to be a decent person. And for now, you still have to know how to write [there could be a day when writing becomes obsolete. But I digress.]

Rather than taking it personally, I would encourage readers to look beyond the commentary. Someone only defends something when he feels threatened. The threat could simply be a fight to belong. And ironically, the young samurai inside the armor may be trying to sock you in the arm to see if you will accept him. Don’t scrub comments that do not cross the boundaries of vulgarity and disrespect; allow these young samurai to learn from the community as well as the greater society about the reality of action and reaction.

Soon enough, they all learn what the rest of us know all too well: whatever gets said on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter ends up on Google forever. And ever. Amen.

B. Imei Hsu is a nurse psychotherapist, professional dance artist and instructor, and occasional guest blogger for Lockergnome. She continues to write about her 365-1/4 days as “the n00b of Social Media.” She owns an Android phone, a MacBook, and iPad, and a low-tech Siamese cat. And no, she did not pre-order an iPhone OS4.

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When she’s not scrubbing her websites for foul language, she’s frolicking in the sun in Seattle, WA.

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12 Reasons to Love the HTC Evo 4G / Google Android http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/06/22/12-reasons-to-love-the-htc-evo-4g-google-android/ Wed, 23 Jun 2010 03:54:58 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=20570 Continue reading 12 Reasons to Love the HTC Evo 4G / Google Android ]]>
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Here we go again! While I’m nowhere near ready to make a review (although I have already given my first impressions), I thought I’d take the time to point out some of the nicer features of the HTC Evo 4G – and, vicariously, the Android Platform.

You can’t “love” or “hate” a device based only on its spec sheet, gang – you have to use it. You have to feel it. You have to experience it. You have to share your initial impressions, which may very well be different from a lasting impression. Get it? Good.

Keep in mind that I always try to approach reviews and first impressions from the viewpoint of an average user. I ask myself if the item in my hand is going to be intuitive to them and not just to an expert or power-user.

Twelve things I happen to love about the HTC EVO 4G (and the Android platform) thus far:

  • I’m digging the screen. It’s about 4.3″ in length and is 480×800 resolution. It’s crystal-clear and very responsive to the touch.
  • The feedback when interacting with elements on the screen is quite cool.There’s a vibrating touch that happens anytime you are tapping an application on the screen.
  • I have all of these different icons on my Home screen. They’re widgets! It’s very easy to add widgets, too.
  • In the background is an animated wallpaper. As you drag across your screen, the wallpaper will change perspective.
  • I love having the FM radio on the EVO 4G! Believe it or not, I still use the radio quite often.
  • Even though I don’t feel the output of the default camera app is all that wonderful, I do love the amount of settings that it has. I love being able to quickly change effects, contrast, sharpness and much more.
  • The Android Marketplace has several thousand apps available. I checked out the “top free” apps off the bat. Before you download an application, you’ll be given information about it. You’ll see more about what the app will do, and how it will interface with your platform. It will tell you what parts of your phone it will have access to. Google is giving users more of an idea of what – exactly – they’re installing.
  • I am VERY impressed with the voice mail on this device/platform. You can reply to a voice mail without having to dial the person back! You can also mark a message as urgent or mark it for usage later. I am impressed… big time.
  • The notifications bar could be done a bit better. It’s hard to hit the right area with accuracy. I don’t know if it’s due to the sensitivity of the screen, or the touch-points of the bar itself. It’s great, though, to have easy access to a variety of apps instead of disruptive notifications like I have on my iPhone.
  • I like the connect options. I can choose how this device is connected to a computer, including being able to mount the internal storage as a disc. This allows me to quickly add files. It gives you more granular control.
  • If you’re addicted to software in any kind of marketplace, you’ll love this. You can choose whether or not you want the phone to allow you to install things from non-Market applications.
  • I love being able to turn this thing into a hotspot. I can easily connect other devices to it and save myself headaches when I’m out in the field. It’s a nice feature to have when I’m on the go.

Some of these features are found in any Android device, but others are specific to the EVO 4G. For the money, I don’t think you’ll find a bigger screen and wider array of options. You’ll also find one heck of an enthusiastic community.

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iPhone 3GS vs HTC Evo 4G: Battery Life http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/06/21/iphone-3gs-vs-htc-evo-4g-battery-life/ Tue, 22 Jun 2010 06:16:32 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=20555 Continue reading iPhone 3GS vs HTC Evo 4G: Battery Life ]]>
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My initial impressions of the HTC Evo 4G were attacked for various reasons, some people going as far as to blame me for somebody else’s shortcomings. It wasn’t a review (hence, containing the word “impressions” in the title). Now, since I didn’t mention it directly in this video – yes, Sprint did send me the device to play with (and I purchased the iPhone with my own money).

Some of you accused me for being an Apple fanboi (and looking at an Android device through rose-tinted glasses). Okay, fine – let’s see how the HTC Evo 4G stacks up against the iPhone 3GS as far as battery life is concerned.

Oh, and… you might wanna read these posts from fellow Android fans at Gizmodo and TechCrunch subsidiary MobileCrunch.

I’m not the only one claiming that the HTC Evo 4G’s battery life leaves something to be desired. Still, I’m sure several of you will take this as an opportunity to tell me that I’m biased again… despite having shown you just how well these two devices stack up in terms of core functionality.

I’d much rather have 60% battery life left at the end of the day of average usage compared to 15% after not having used the device at all. Swapping batteries? Sure. People love carrying extra batteries around – and they love the added expense, too.

After reading some of the commentary left on YouTube for this video, I’m not sure whether to laugh, cry or throw up in my mouth a little. I am including a few here for your enjoyment (or horror), along with my reactions directly underneath.

  • myandroid4G says that “you can clearly see this idiot left 4g on with a low signal witch mean the phone was searching for a 4g signal the whole time then your bluetooth been on mad long. lmao. stop being a fool and stop making yourself and your family look bad. I feel bad for your fans. Please someone with the overclock come show this fool this phone can last 2 days on one charge. You cant even hack the iphone to do that. Fucking stupid ass idiot, keep making yourself look foolish. lmao”
  • My reply to that was along the lines of: “Nice unbiased username you have there! Okay, fandroidism aside – you’re suggesting that the average user is going to understand half of what you suggested? Right. They’re going to turn on their phone and expect it to last all day – and it likely will not, as evidenced by several impartial reviews (even if you were to prove that I was unabashedly biased). Even Android fanbois are having issue with the Evo’s battery life! 🙂 How, again, is this MY problem?

  • drakeknowstechnology stated emphatically that “well the reason for the dead evo battery is because you have it set to have programs running in the background and that kills the battery.”
  • My reply: “Dude. That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day. You’re suggesting that to get the most out of this phone, I need to… turn off its features? Alright. I capitulate. The HTC Evo 4G is awesome if you turn everything off. Happy?

  • RoboRope swears that I am “so wrong with this video. No way will the EVO be dead in 5 hours with no use.”
  • My reply was tongue-in-cheek, of course: “Holy shitballs, you’ve got to be kidding me?! I took the time to show you the battery usage screen… and I’m… wrong? No, no, no don’t shoot the messenger.”

  • TokyoNerd scoffed: “Of course the HTC EVO would drain the battery quick, it’s a more powerful device. More power = more battery usage. And also, we all know Apple makes the best batteries, so you don’t need to rub it in.”
  • I graciously offered: “You’re right. A more fair comparison would be against the iPhone 4, which purports to have 40% more battery life than the iPhone 3GS. The HTC Evo 4G’s battery life would look to be even WORSE in that comparison. You’re trying to further the argument, but you’re unintentionally supporting my side of it.”

  • Jambo310 tried to act all tough in saying: “Ugh total bias, you either did not charge the device sufficiently when you got it or are just lying, I know for a FACT that the evo lasts from when you get up to when you go to bed (just personal experience) with heavy usage of texting and phone calls and moderate usage of the other features (not bluetooth).”
  • I had to set him straight: “Charging it overnight isn’t “sufficient?” Whatever. And turning off Bluetooth isn’t a workaround – it’s a lame cop out. You’re resorting to unfounded accusations – suggesting I’m lying is the only way to bolster your position? I don’t understand how empirical evidence is anywhere near biased. What you’re looking at is as factual as it gets, dude. Read Gizmodo. Read MobileCrunch. They say the same damn thing. Battery life after meager usage is ghastly.”

  • Bowzer27 chimed in with: ” it went out quick because you had the Bluetooth on, which uses allot of power.”
  • Really? I replied: “The iPhone had Bluetooth on as well. What’s your point? If you buy a device only to turn off its features, what’s the point of buying that device in the first place? My point stands.”

As you can see, the fandroids are out for blood. Apparently, they completely missed two important points I was attempting to make:

  • Yes, this is a smartphone. However, does that mean only highly-experienced people should be able to use it? Why should it be so inherently difficult to figure out basic functions for the “everyday” users?
  • You shouldn’t have to turn off features in order to get the battery to last longer. That’s just insane.

The best comment of the day, though, reminded me exactly WHY I do what I do, and why I love to do video reviews and impressions (emphasis mine):

iTalkApple stated simply: “Best video I’ve seen about the EVO 4G. I like how you consider what the average consumer will think and aren’t afraid to criticize.”

So let’s have it: What are YOUR thoughts? Is the EVO 4G really having issues, or is it the best thing since sliced bread?

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iOS 4 First Impressions http://chris.pirillo.com/2010/06/21/ios-4-first-impressions/ Tue, 22 Jun 2010 03:34:31 +0000 http://chris.pirillo.com/?p=20551 Continue reading iOS 4 First Impressions ]]>
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I learned a few things while I was trying to record my first impressions of Apple’s new iOS 4 (as seen here on the iPhone 3GS). I decided to make the fandroids happy and used my HTC Evo 4G to capture the excitement. It disappointed me on so many levels. Not iOS 4, but the HTC Evo 4G’s default camera app and settings. If you would like to read my rant about this video’s quality, you can catch it on Facebook. Let’s get on with the iOS 4 chatter!

Overall, my impressions of the iOS 4 are (surprise, surprise) positive. This was an incremental upgrade. Apple seemingly left out a few finer details, but it didn’t completely take away from the experience. If you’re already an iPhone user, you’ll love what you see here. Some of these features have been long overdue. I don’t care if you had them four years ago – it’s today, and now we all have them (making your history, in this respect, moot).

The largest update, of course, is the ability for third-party apps to multitask. You don’t have to terminate one in order to do another thing any longer. People have been clamoring for this since the original iPhone launched. Apple’s own apps could already do this, but now third parties can make use of a limited set of multitask capabilities. You’ll be able to listen to streaming music in the background while doing other things on your phone. You can carry on a VoIP call (such as with Skype) while surfing the web and even let your GPS run in the background. Notice the common theme here? This isn’t “true” multitasking as you’re used to with a desktop. However, you don’t have to quit one app in order to use another any longer.

The ability to create folders on the home screen is a pretty big deal to most of us. You can group all of your apps based on genre, personal preferences, or whatever criteria you choose. Simply drag one app onto the top of another, and you’ll be prompted to name your new folder. You can store up to twelve apps within each folder. For most users, this should be more than enough. However, some of the power users may wish that Apple would add folder nesting. If we bug them enough, perhaps we’ll see that in a future update.

There are a few changes you’ll see on (and around) your home screen. If you tap on the home button once, you’ll be taken back to your home screen (or the last folder you used). Tapping it twice brings up the multitasking app drawer to make it easy for you to find recently used apps. Apple has finally granted us the ability to change the home screen background. I know there are a lot of people searching for just the right look tonight.

Being able to lock the screen across the entire device is an excellent move. However, it only works in portrait mode. If you try to lock it in landscape mode, the iPhone will revert itself to portrait mode for you – whether you like it or not. That’s annoying, but I suppose beggars cannot be choosers. Due to the home screen changes, you can not assign the home button to a different app any longer. It was nice to quickly launch the camera or phone favorites. You’ll have to go into these apps the old-fashioned way now, unfortunately.

As we’ve discussed before, Mail got a nice overhaul. There are several new changes to the interface this time out. The largest difference is probably the addition of a “unified” inbox. You can see all of the emails from every email account in one convenient place. If you are chomping at the bit to access several different email addresses all at the same time (good luck not confusing yourself) then this change will make you pretty happy. Threading is a VERY welcome change to Mail. When you open an email, you can now read every other message in that particular “chain” in one easy place… much like with Gmail. You can turn off this feature easily if you aren’t interested in having your mail grouped this way for you.

The only real change to the iPod app is the ability to create and edit playlists. As mentioned before, the audio controls are now added to your multitasking drawer. The camera app has a few minor changes to it, as well. One nice addition is the ability to tap “focus” while recording a video, as you could before with the camera. You can make use of the 5x zoom function if you want, also.

You’ll find many other small surprises inside of iOS 4: The spell checker has been enhanced (thank god!) and isn’t quite as annoying as it was in previous iterations. Mobile Safari will offer search suggestions (like you find when you begin typing something into Google). You can bring your iBooks to the small screen. Oh… and… you can use Bing now on the iPhone if you choose. Google is still the default search engine with Bing added as another option.

Everything seems to be working okay so far. The updates were incremental, and the update was free. There’s a lot of spit-and-polish involved with iOS 4. I’m very much looking forward to getting my iPhone 4 which will be arriving at the end of the week!

What do YOU think the best new feature of iOS 4 is? Is there anything you aren’t happy with?

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