I love showing my HTPCs off to people and telling them how easy it is...then they ask me to show them how to set one up and I watch their eyes glaze over once I start with a few details.
It's easier just to start people with hooking a laptop to a TV through the VGA or HDMI port. Most people who own laptops can figure that one out. Once they figure out how to play the videos on the laptop through the big screen the bug sets in
How can these people blithely put things on the market, knowing full well they’re not ready?
I have a few theories.
1. The Be-Like-Apple Theory. Apple routinely puts out products that have flaws and glitches—and then, relatively quickly, puts out software fixes that solve them. MobileMe was a disaster when it first came out. So was iMovie ’08. The iPhone 4’s proximity sensor didn’t work until last week’s software patch, meaning that you’d be on a call and your cheek would randomly press on-screen buttons.
Yet for some reason, most people seem to give Apple a pass. “Well, they fixed it—isn’t that all that matters?” they say.
Maybe other companies think that they can pull off the same stunt. Collect the consumers’ money now, ship them something, and fix it later.
My question was more along the lines of "This is definitely a tech gadget and there are 100 other publications that I can think of that would be better suited to review it."