While catching up on my tech news over the weekend, I ran across Sony’s name a couple of times. Sony has a line of ebook readers available that are actually fairly affordable. They come in multiple colors, sizes and storage capacities. The news story I read announced Sony’s new line of thinner and faster ebook readers. The other Sony-related news I caught talked about Sony’s rumored PlayStation Phone, a new phone that will combine the features of a phone into a device similar to Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP). Sounds interesting …
… except, Sony screwed me. Earlier this year, Sony removed my ability to load other operating systems on my PS3. They did this because it could potentially have led to the PS3 being hacked. You can literally count on your fingers the number of people in the country that had the ability, knowledge and equipment needed to duplicate the hack, and ultimately the hack didn’t lead to anything — no real exploits, no mod chip, no anything — but that didn’t stop Sony from removing a feature that I was using and is printed on the side of the box as a feature from every PlayStation 3 owner. (Is that enough italics to make my point?)
So, no. I won’t be buying a Sony Ebook Reader, a Sony Phone, or anything else of theirs for a long time. I hope I’m not the only one that feels this way.
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