They actually have taken X-ray images of the board - I'm know they are floating around on the internet somewhere...
It wasn't an oversight - it was a design decision to meet their price target. Mounting holes take up a surprising amount of PCB routing real estate (and through every single layer of the board) and PCB real estate costs money. That's just how budget constrained this concept is.
In my experience the funds aren't actually "whisked out" of my checking account. They (surprisingly) charge the bill to my CC very near the due date, which gives me plenty of time to review the bill that gets emailed to me and resolve any charges before I let the auto payment go through.
You can, but it adds another step (more $$) to the manufacturing process if all you don't have homogeneous component type (e.g. all SMD or all through hole).
I've never had a problem with mini USB SMD connectors that come with two through-hole mechanical support posts (not soldered to anything - just snugly fit through holes you provide) plus four tabs that are soldered to big pads to provide the strong board attachment. Inside most consumer products this is how the mini and micro USB connectors are attached and it doesn't seem to be an issue.
Only in the U.S.... so really, who cares?
The 300 million people living in the U.S.
Last I checked, pirating music was way easier than buying it legitimately.
Pirating music is definitely NOT easier than Google Music.
So, now it is good to always update working software to the newestestest version available? I thought we had the mantra of "if it is working don't fix it".
If a security vulnerability is discovered, then that piece of software is decidedly no longer working. A good update system allows you to choose whether you want minimal updates to fix just security updates, just bug fixes, or new features. In Ubuntu these channels are -security, -updates, and -backports. By default -security and -updates are enabled, but you are in control based on your needs. For example, you might choose to disable -updates (though I've personally had nothing but good come from the -updates channel)
But, if you want automatically updated Windows programs I suggest you go with LiberKey. You can install it in your PC and if you even want to reinstall your OS you just have to move one folder to a temporary position. Oh, and it detects and installs software from PortableApps too.
Thanks for sharing. Looks like a cool project that definitely fills a need.
Why do I need Linux when all the best open source programs have easy-to-install Windows binaries?
Good point. However, don't forget the downside of this system - software updates are a pain with each vendor adding their own software update daemon that nags you about updates. Or (for better or worse) no update system at all. Mac users have the same problem but it's not as bad because typically almost all their applications come from the same vendor - the same vendor that makes their OS.
The software repository system is part of the reason Linux distributions (Debian, in particular) have a reputation for better security.
I agree that Linux could use some more stability - and I think the LTS releases from Ubuntu are a good step in the right direction. Simply enable the "backports" software channel in these releases and you'll get fairly up-to-date versions of all the big name applications while keeping the core something stable that proprietary software vendors can target.
If I saw this hypothetical post, my reaction would be "Hm, since Microsoft knows exactly how many copies/licenses of Windows it has sold, so this must be a tactic to count how many *stolen* copies there are (and possibly pursue prosecutions)"
When I read the real article about canonical-census, my reaction was "Hm, it must be really difficult to track usage of this operating system that they are distributing free of charge without a tool like this"
Free call to Canada.
Not just free calls to Canada, but cheap international calls. There are lots of ways to save money on international calls, but GV on an Android phone is by far the easiest I have found. Wife tested. Geek approved.