Another contest from Intern Copeland! This time you can win a rather nice Oreck vacuum cleaner by dint of your story telling skills alone.
We are looking for your worst, never-again, broke-your-spirit, storming-the-corporate-offices—flat out suckiest—gadget experience. (Not necessarily the worst gadget, but your worst experience.) You could write a novella or a sentence, but you'll have to leave it in the comments, and you'll have to use a registered account so we can contact you if you win.
How do you win? Joel and I will pick our favorite story in the thread. Easy! (And if you liked someone else's story, feel free to influence us with comments pointing out which story you liked.)
To start it off, here's mine. It's not dramatic (and I'm not in the contest) but you get the idea:
"I loosely subscribe to the Unix principle: do one thing well. Take, for example, my shower clock. It tells me what time it is while I'm in the shower. Awesome.
But nothing bothers me more than when something of mine doesn't work at all.
I hate to sound like a pen snob, but last summer I wanted a new pen in my life. I looked to the Bic Wide Body Ballpoint Pen. I was taking a risk, because I usually prefer fountain pens, but Bics are usually so reliable. Plus this one had a steel body, so I was sold. The pen lasted two days.
I tried drawing circles to get the ink flowing. No go. The let down anticipation made me so mad at that pen that I froze it in a Ziploc bag filled with water for a year. I'm still upset. Presumably, so is the pen."
The contest is open to US
citizens residents only and will last until Friday. Sorry, international brethren!