|Re: Anonymous individuals are not worth taking seriously|
Message #5 Posted by Another TI User on 3 Jan 2004, 9:17 p.m.,
in response to message #4 by Gene
You can repeat them as much as you want, but they remain unsupported.
User/Owner testimony on comp.sys.hp48 bears this out
Yes, I have already read testimonies on the newsgroup, some of them about good keyboards, some of them about bad keyboards, and the very same unsupported assertions over and over again. I have also read things like:
- It seems like reports of bad keyboards are being less frequent.
- Probably, recently purchased units with bad keyboards are early production units which spent some weeks in the stores.
- Take into account that many people with good keyboards do not post their lack of problems in the forums.
- Take into account, too, that many people with seemingly bad keyboards could be TI agents.
Do you see the pattern? Someone makes an unsupported assertion. Afterwards, every conceivably supporting fact is also asserted as "probable"; every contradictory fact is explained thru some alternative reasoning; supporting testimonies (real or fabricated) are given publicity; unsupporting testimonies are disregarded by wichever method, usually as poster dumbness or rival manufacturer fabrication.
Indeed, it is not an uncommon strategy nowadays: manufacturers' agents spread similar rumors about "early units" in every relevant forum whenever they release products with notorious problems. There is a very recent case in the digital photography world with a new Sony digicam (F828). If you read the specifications, this seems a very promising camera, but the first users of production units are reporting some serious image quality issues. Babble about early units have just begun. (I know digicams are off-topic here, I am just illustrating the pattern.)
Notice that I'm not saying that you are an HP agent. Many times this dirty work is inadvertently made by normal users.
If HP had fixed the problem (as you imply), can you explain why are they allowing all these speculations go on and on when a simple official announcement would settle the question?
If you just want to toss stones, go ahead. They hurt no one but yourself.
No, I don't want that. I just want things being well done.
But I'm glad that you didn't feel hurt.