Gary Dahl, Inventor of the Pet Rock, Dies at 78
It was a craze to rival the Hula-Hoop, and even less explicable. For a mere three dollars and 95 cents, a consumer could buy … a rock — a plain, ordinary, egg-shaped rock of the kind one could dig up in almost any backyard.
The wonder of it was, for a few frenzied months in 1975, more than a million consumers did, becoming the proud if slightly abashed owners of Pet Rocks, the fad that Newsweek later called “one of the most ridiculously successful marketing schemes ever.”
Gary Dahl, the man behind that scheme — described variously as a marketing genius and a genial mountebank — died on March 23 at 78. A down-at-the-heels advertising copywriter when he hit on the idea, he originally meant it as a joke. But the concept of a “pet” that required no actual work and no real commitment resonated perfectly with the self-indulgent ’70s, and before long a cultural phenomenon was born.
It was as unbelievable now as it was back then when it happened.
Rest in peace.
Jolla Tablet – world’s first crowdsourced tablet
At post time, they’ve raised US$2,547,064. The campaign ends at midnight (local time?).
I thought this bit was interesting:
You say that the up to 128GB memory cards are not supported for Windows computers. Why is that?
We’ve decided to move forward with an open source memory card solution. This enables you to use memory cards up to 128GB on your Jolla Tablet for back-ups and additional storage, but due to Microsoft’s licensing limitations, cards over 32GB will not be directly compatible with Windows computers. We apologize if you were expecting full Microsoft support here, but we feel that this suits best to our community’s wishes and Jolla’s values.
Prior Jolla posts
Update July 15 2015: I see lots of people coming to this post. This is the latest word from ZTE: ZTE Zmax: Android 5.x? Ermmmm
From XDA Developers:
There is a Lollipop update coming for the ZTE Z max soon a least that is what one the reps told me he said they are working on some bug fixes and stuff but as so as there are done they will release it!!!!
And someone else at XDA Developers replies:
I honestly done know why everyone seems to be pooping themselves over the new lollipop update. I work in a testing environment and from my experience lollipop has more compatibility issues, battery draining, and laggy loads than kitkat. It feels like a bloated mess in comparison. =/
Meanwhile, they’re still trying to snatch root out of the greedy paws of ZTE/T-Mobile.
If they were to gain root — and ZTE were to also unlock the damn bootloader — it’d be no contest. The ZTE Zmax would win over the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra. It has 2GBs of RAM and 16GBs of internal storage versus 1GB and 8GBs for the T2 Ultra.
Sony: T2 Ultra Will Get Android 5.0!
See here: April Fools’ Day-Free Zone
I will be verrrry careful about what I read and post tomorrow.
Teclast will be announcing something tomorrow. They should have picked a better date!
That’s an actual screensnap from the first two minutes a spy sent to me.
Prior Thunderbirds Are Go posts
Meerkat is dying – and it’s taking U.S. tech journalism with it
How is it possible that people who have witnessed the lightning fast collapses of hype vehicles like Secret and Path in the recent past have learned nothing? How can we still have the same dysfunctional folie à deux playing out between credulous tech media and even more credulous VC investors?