Well the flaming iPod seems to have got a lot of interest. Over 850 diggs at digg.com and still rising. Also technorati has quite a few links from people who have posted about it.

I have to admit it was a bit my fault. He was going to chuck it away so I thought hey why not take a quick look to see if we could fix it, worth a try. It was out of warranty, nothing to loose… well maybe a finger :)… he wanted to get an iPod Video anyway. I found the site and started the jabbing 🙂 I just gave up too soon and he carried on. Oh and to the person who asked did we actually fix it 🙂 … no i’m afraid we didn’t. The memorial service will be on Saturday @700 swatch internet time.

Just to get one thing straight it was nothing to do with “Apple’s shoddy workmanship” that resulted in what happend, it was our fault. I think some people didn’t quite get my English sarcastic in jest tone. I think the iPod design is a work of art, amazing engineering.

I’ve found it quite interesting to see how the story has progressed around the internet. A lot of blogs just seem to copy exactly the same text and put the same info on there blog. Others seem to have multiple blogs but all posting the same stories on different domains, I suppose all trying to get that little bit higher in the google rankings so that they can brag to their friends.

Anyway here are a couple of selected comments from around the web about the story which I thought were quite amusing:

  • “ipod shuffle wins battle with knife wielding owner”
  • iPod shuffle 1-0 Angry customer
  • And this, children, is why Apple tell us not to eat the iPod Shuffle.
  • [Using a knife:] That’s what hammers are for.
  • fryPod (TM)
  • originaly known as Melting Pod
  • Kentucky fried shuffle
  • The “Mission Impossible” iPod
  • “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to audio files… This iPod Shuffle will self destruct in ten seconds after being opened and tampered with.”
  • Does it smell like warm, fresh Apple Pie?
  • He should’ve taken apples advice for when their products break. “buy a new one”

I actually never knew quite how explosive lithium iron batteries could be. I knew that you are not allowed to bin them or chuck them on a fire, I thought this was more to do with their corrosiveness and reactivity of the chemicals when burnt. Someone posted a video of one going off in an experiment:

Lithium iron battery over-charging experiment


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