Here are the latest computer deals from Sony computers.
Has anyone been reading all of the craziness associated with the PS3 release? It’s unbelievable what has been happening, violence, selling for outrageous prices on eBay, pepper spray, the low number sent to the US has caused people to go crazy. Lots are buying them just to sell on eBay, so you get prices going up as the people who actually want them, can’t get them because the people who want to sell them for profit get them first. They only shipped about 400,000 PS3′s to the US to start with and if you search eBay there are almost 19,000 listings, and if you sort by highest to lowest price, the first three pages don’t dip below the $6,00 dollar line. The top auction lists a starting price of $45,000 and a buy it now price of $500,000! How many fools are there really and will some of these actually sell? That auction says it is donating 75% of the proceeds to the Red Cross, netting him a cool 11,000 or so thousand, if it sells. Oh, and it mentions they stood outside three days and nights in the pouring rain! The horror! That’s about $3,700 a day or $154 an hour all day long.
The Washing post has sort of a wrap up post, talking about some of the stupidity going on,
Armed thugs yesterday robbed a line of people waiting to buy the PlayStation 3 in Putnam, Conn., and a man who refused to hand over his money was shot in the chest.
In Palmdale, Calif., police shut down a Super Wal-Mart Stores outlet after a line of people waiting for the new game console got out of control. In Tyson?s Corner, police fired pepper spray toward a crowd of about 200 people who rushed the locked doors of a Circuit City Stores outlet before it opened.
The game console’s launch even managed to embarrass former Sen. John Edwards after Wal-Mart issued a press release saying an Edwards staffer had asked his local Wal-Mart for help in acquiring the highly sought-after device. An outspoken critic of Wal-Mart, Edwards released a statement yesterday characterizing the action as a mistake by an intern. Source: Washington Post
The NYtimes had a piece called Sony Playstation 3 Debuts to Long Lines,
In Putnam, Conn., two gunmen tried to rob people lined up for the console, and shot one who refused to surrender his money. Michael Penkala, 21, of Webster, Mass., was wounded in the chest and shoulder. He was in stable condition Friday with injuries not believed to be life threatening, according to Connecticut State Police.
In Fresno, Calif., police arrested two people and threatened to use Tasers to break up a crowd that rushed a store and trampled people in the parking lot.
To get the attention of an unruly crowd of about 350 people, police fired a paint ball at the ground outside a Target store in Henrico, Va. Source: NYTimes
The Dayton Daily News had an article called Store Robber of five Playstation 3′s,
Two armed men wearing black ski masks and sunglasses robbed the EB Games store at 7724 Hoke Road of five Sony PlayStation 3 video game systems about 9 p.m. Thursday, police said. Source: Dayton Daily News
Some people have more money than they have brains, others have more brains than they have money but have the same IQ. Think about it. This console will be sitting in big numbers on retailers shelves soon, there is no reason for anyone to pay that kind of money for it, it might be different if the PS3 was always going to be in short supply and hard to get, but it won’t be. The more of these things Sony sells, the more game titles it will sell, the more money they will make. If people want to waste their money so bad, send it to me, I can use it to upgrade my server.
“I would never, ever do that again,” he said. “You’re under a tarp, sitting there with the rain pelting down on you — you’re asking yourself ‘why?’ and you’re not coming up with any good answers.”
Okay, so it’s not really a supercomputer, I saw a post the other day that called the PS3 a supercomputer, so I couldn’t help it. But, apparently, someone has won an auction on for a PS3 on eBay for $9,000!
Link is here.
This auction was still up the last time I looked, but many, many auctions going for much more than that are gone, so you have to assume eBay pulled them because they were fake, or the bidder was not a real bidder in the sense that someone actually wanted it.
Sony BMG Music Entertainment wants to give bloggers free music and video to promote on their blogs. Now you won’t have to steal music videos to put on your site. But Sony will still make money.
The music conglomerate is promoting a new site, called Musicbox Video, that showcases videos, artist interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other material from a broad portfolio of its artists. Want to see a film clip of Bruce Springsteen singing “The River” from the 1980 movie “No Nukes” or some clips from Franz Ferdinand? The site has it.
But Sony will also actively encourage fan sites and bloggers–who are mostly used to receiving cease-and-desist letters from studios–to link to the material. Links for adding Musicbox content are displayed on the site. Individuals thus could create sites focused around certain artists by linking to video channels on the Musicbox site dedicated to them, or link to several channels which, in the aggregate, comprise the most mawkish artists (in the view of the blogger) that Sony has to offer.
Other studios and publishers are looking at putting up similar video deals, he said.
“The media organizations are starting to embrace the idea that their library of assets can be exploited through thousands of touch points,” he said. “It is an opportunity to embrace that urge among consumers to post videos.”
Sony and Sandisk have teamed up to new hybrid memory stick, from Realtechnews.com,
a SanDisk and Sony Memory Stick mash-up called the Memory Stick Micro or the hipper sounding ?M2″. We say: Shouldn’t the real name have been the SanStick? Or does thats sound too much like a non-stick frying pan?
SanDisk Corporation and Sony Corporation today announced the development of the Memory Stick Micro format, an ultra-small IC recording media designed to meet the growing storage needs of highly compact, multifunctional mobile phones. Licensing for the development of Memory Stick Micro compatible hardware will begin October 3, 2005.
Memory Stick Micro media is approximately one-quarter the size of Memory Stick PRO Duo media, yet only about 1.2 mm thick. The media’s edges are slotted lengthwise to allow for more slim-line designed connectors to reduce space in host devices. As dual-voltage media, Memory Stick Micro supports devices operating at 3.3 volts and 1.8 volts. More from the press release here.
I’m sure we are close to the end of seeing hard drives in lots of stuff, like Apple iPods for example, as memory technology keeps getting better, it’s surely the right way to go.
Found this article on news.com:
Sony is engaged in a tug-of-war with hackers who keep cracking its PlayStation Portable software to unlock the device and run their own applications on it.
The company is preparing another update to the PSP firmware to fix a recently disclosed bug that lets hackers downgrade the PSP system software and run their own, so-called homebrew code on the device, a Sony representative said Thursday.
“It is not…what the device was designed for,” said Patrick Seybold, a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment America. “We plan to deal with this issue with the next system update.” He declined to say when that update would be ready.
This will be one of those things that Sony will look back on one day and realize they screwed up, anytime you can involve people who are creating and innovating with your product, I think you should let them as it will endear them to the product and will hook them into buying any future versions. Versions where you can restrict some of the things they do without allienating them and block some of the illegal aspects. Bad move Sony.
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