• AP (unregistered)


  • Garreth Q. (unregistered)


  • bvs23bkv33 (unregistered)

    was the built-in microphone cordless too? I want new technologies everywhere!

  • squidgy (unregistered)

    um, you left out the wtf part where Aaron had told the professor that the cable was actually a radio transmitter that coupled to the professors tooth fillings, amplifying his voice. Clearly.

  • Pista (unregistered)

    By the power vested in me by myself, I declare this article booooooooooooooring!

  • Fell asleep (unregistered)

    Wow, a technical inept user that did not plug in the microphone. How absolutely exciting.... NOT

  • Hugo (unregistered)

    Instead of complaining that this WTF is boring and unexciting, why not submit a better story yourself? I am sure that you must have commi ... (ahem) experienced a few superb ones in your careers.

  • (nodebb)

    If you look into the cable: there aren't any wires in it. Just yards and yards of cord. Wireless doesn't mean cordless, you know.

    Btw, I want my dick to grow a few micrometers, too:


    Drat! Doesn't work.

  • Appalled (unregistered)

    Totally stupid and non-WTF. Guess they didn't have any recent submissions for today and grabbed this POS out of the Rejects pile.

  • (nodebb)

    Why did Aaron duck into the server room? Because he was the president's daughter!

    No wait, that doesn't work.

  • PeterK (unregistered)

    Ha! What I really want is the long drawn out conversation trying to explain how you can't get that mic jacked into his laptop.

  • RichP (unregistered) in reply to jkshapiro

    "Why did Aaron duck into the server room? Because he was the president's daughter!"

    Pshaw... it's because he's really Hanzo, and he was vanishing into the ceiling tiles.

  • Roger Chaplin (google)

    Most days some comments are way more entertaining than the article. Some days most comments are way more entertaining than the article. Today is one of those days where every comment is bound to be more entertaining than the article.

  • George Gonzalez (unregistered)

    Reminds me of the time this TV communications professor wanted to record a lot of Japanese language lessons onto a 1.4MB floppy (long story). He came to me for computer advice and told me he could handle all the audio stuff as he was such an expert. I first told him right off that there was no way to get a hour of Japanese onto a 1.4MB floppy, no freakin way. But he said he had a secret way to do that. Secret way turned out to be sliding the "Quality" recording widget all the way to "Crappy". The Japanese sounded like a squeaky door hinge and was totally incomprehensible. So the prof blames my software, even though I'd told him you can't get there from here, over and over. Then he asks me if it could be a problem with the microphone. I explain that no, because when we move the slider to "Best" quality, the recordings are just fine, ergo the microphone isn't the problem. Also I say that a better microphone would make things worse, because of high-frequency aliasing, Furier band reflection, yadda, yadda. but he doesn't get it. 't goes away muttering about my incompetence, says he has though of the solution. Next week he comes back, beaming, with the "solution", a $400 microphone.

  • Yazeran (unregistered) in reply to George Gonzalez


    Some people just don't get the concept of bandwidth...

    It's the same people who gets angry if you pull into the right lane in a traffic jam (due to two lanes becoming one )instead of using both lanes until they unite on the grounds that the length of the jam is longer if you pull over as soon as you can, never mind that the time spent in the jam are exactly the same as the amount of cars getting through the 1-lane part is identical (or in some cases higher as cars are already in a single line when they reach the bottleneck).....

  • WTF WTF (unregistered)

    When did WTF become Torrid Tales from Tech Support?

  • Joseph Osako (google)

    I once had a plan to stay at a family vacation house in in Provincetown (Truro, actually) over the winter, with the hope that a bit of isolation (and occasional drives into P-Town for the nightlife) would give me the peace and quiet needed to get some work done on a long-term project I had (and still have) on my plate. Unfortunately, the cottage really was meant as a summer home, and had limited heating and no insulation to speak of; given the kind of winter weather Cape Cod is known for, this was a bad thing. The house needed to be mothballed at the end of summer every year we'd used it, with all the pipes drained to avoid having them freeze and burst.

  • Carl Witthoft (google) in reply to Yazeran

    You are wrong there. The same number of cars need to get through, true. But the primary cause of backups and brake-jams in a merge situation like this is multiple merge points. Every time someone merges early, as you suggest, it causes flow disruption at that point. If everyone stays inlane until the primary merge point (and are courteous there about "zipper- merging" , the overall flow will be much smoother.

  • Herby (unregistered)

    Microphones? $400 variety?? More money than sense, and then the guy wonders why it doesn't work. Then you press the button "phantom power" and funny how it comes to life.

    Yes, sometimes the cheap microphones are "better" for computer work, and simple PA systems. If they bet bashed around, you get another one. I once picked up a bunch for something like $2.00 at the surplus store.

    Most stand alone microphones used in "audio" work use 3 pin XLR connectors. Wireless adapters exist for these (little square things that sit on the end) just watch a newscast on your local TV station, they are common there. No, from what I hear, Bluetooth plug-ins for microphones (with XLR connectors) aren't common (if they even exist).

    Ob. bad quote "Can you hear me now??"

  • Appalled (unregistered) in reply to Yazeran

    Yaz, yer a friggin idiot. If you DON'T pull into it, you DO have to wait extra for all those who DO pull into it.

    Now me, I pull into it, but refuse to move forward past the bumper of the guy who was in front of me so I can piss off all those who WANT to cheat and move ahead in the now Empty and f'ing determined to remain so, right lane.

  • Brendo (unregistered)

    I'm still not even sure what the cable was for? Was the microphone wireless? Why does the microphone need to be plugged into the laptop?

  • Brian Boorman (google) in reply to Brendo

    Why does the microphone need to be plugged into the laptop?

    Um, because that is where the camera was plugged into (mentioned in the story). If you want your audio and video streams merged before being broadcast, they should probably connect to the same device that's doing the merging.

  • The Original Fritz (unregistered)

    One time I took a taxi to work and instead of going the shortest route which also had very little traffic at that time of day, the driver chose the highway route which was longer and much slower. Where do I submit this hilarious computer* WTF rip-snorter story of mine so it can be on the front page? Thanks in advance!

    *) When I got to work I used a computer for a bit you see.

  • Foo AKA Fooo (unregistered) in reply to Yazeran

    In addition to what others have said, don't forget that the backlog gets longer if everyone pulls right early. Worst case, you'll delay drivers behind you who want to take the previous exit.

  • fsckoff (unregistered) in reply to PeterK

    Buh-whu... Yeah you can. It's one little $8 XLR to 3.5mm cable.

  • (nodebb) in reply to Fell asleep

    Agreed. This made the one line story that "one of my teacher in secondary school always try to plug the display cable into serial port and failed, and once even put enough force to somehow bend the pins on the serial port" sounds more interesting.

  • t0pC0der (unregistered) in reply to Pista

    The best part was when the article was over.

  • AS 1337 (unregistered)

    <quote>The highlight of her career was the day her senior tech, Aaron, turned off Spanning Tree protocol on a router and then flipped it all back on at once, causing a small fire in the broom closet they were using as a server room.</quote>

    This surely is TRWTF. How would this even happen?

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