I woke up after a nap to find my watch had a blank screen. Uh oh. Needless to say this didn't bode well, and I had long ago not-read and tossed the instructions. But I realized in my sleepy stupor that there were three buttons on the right side of the watch.
I pressed them all at the same time, a pause, then a Fossil/Microsoft boot screen. Whew! I didn't realize those buttons where Ctrl-Alt-Del. :)
Doesn't it seem that hardware these days crash more than hardware of old? I've 'rebooted' my insulin pump, my iPod, my ReplayTV, my Sony Receiver and my cell phone. (Yes, I've rebooted my insulin pump three times. Those weren't good days.)
Now, I know squat about hardware, but it seems to me that more and more hardware systems are built around a distinct Some Chip->OS->Support API->Custom Software model as opposed to a completely firmware-it's-all-baked-in custom model.
Is this the case? In our zeal to lower prices and get things to market faster are modular systems like iPods and MSN Watches simpler/cheaper than the old way? or am I wrong in assuming there was an old way?
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
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