Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 22:48

Hardware Specificifactions...What the fuck is that supposed to be?

Not 15 years ago you had detailed information about what's where and from whom in whatever piece of hardware you bought. In the last decade this information slowly but steadily degenerated to marketing bullshit...if you are lucky.Specs were meant to be for an audience that had a clue. If you know what it meant you could get a deeper insight about how that thing is going to suit your needs...in detail. Sometime in the last decade marketing idiots apparently got a hold on that piece of valuable information and since then we get less and less and even less information despite the text length staying roughly the same.

I've seen external hard-drives where the only specs provided were capacity and COLOR: 500GB. White [Red] Black. Apparently color is an invaluable information to make a decision if this is "my" future hard-drive or not.

Bought a tablet recently? Nice big screen eh? What's the color depth of that thing? One would assume that this is not a particularly unimportant information considering that the SCREEN isn't a minor feature of these things. Apple, Acer, Motorola. They all tell you that you get a 10.1" Display. The iPads have most definitely no 32bit color depth. But how much is that? 24? 18? Usually it's not mentioned. Sometimes you get marketing bullshit like Retina, Super-Clear-LCD, SuperAMOLED. Sometimes you can figure it out if you actually dig for the screen if it's mentioned. But quite often that doesn't have to mean jack because they just redefined it for the device you bought.

Remember when SoftMACS hit the road? Did ya try to figure out how to get a hardMAC? Did you look at the actual factory producing it? Did that attempt fail royally?

One could argue that certain hardware today is built for a broader audience compared to 15 years ago and that too much information can be bad for business because people tend to get wrong ideas about numbers or statements. That's bollocks. That's exactly what specs where for back then. You had your typical customer information and THEN you had specs. Just like today. You still usually have to look for them. They just don't tell you jack anymore these days.

You have to play around with it. Look at every fucking detail. Then compare THAT with the specs and take the LCM. Because just having a visible apparently functional SDCard slot doesn't mean you actually have one that works. If it's not in the specs it might not be there because it's a minor. Or it might be on the device because no one bothered to remove it after the decision was made to scrap it. It's somewhere in between putting your finger in the wind and throwing chicken bones. Thinking of it. That might not be the worst idea. A Voodoo priest can't be much worse than SPECS.