Too much too Zune

Engadget installs a Zune, and the word “suck” appears prominently:

[T]he reality of our experience with the first version of the Zune software this afternoon is much like that of many version 1 software experiences. It sucks.

Some of the individual inhalations:

Oh, ok, it’s starting to install the Zune software. No install location options, just already going. Nevermind the fact that we put our applications on a different drive than our Windows install.

Oh, wait, see how that Next button is orange? That’s because this is where the software crashes for the first time. So we have to start over from “make a connection” — but if your Zune is still plugged in, the software won’t see it. So kill the process, unplug the Zune, restart the software, plug the Zune back in. Ok. We did this a couple more times before we learned our lesson.

Icing on the cake: restart after uninstall. No, sorry, the icing on the cake is the crash our computer took after we hit this, causing our RAID 5 array to crap out and spend a few hours rebuilding.

I remind you that “Zune” is a four-letter word.

(Gleefully pointed to by Lileks.)


  1. Mister Snitch! »

    14 November 2006 · 7:39 pm

    You know, the word ‘suck’ used to have the power to shock. But today, Letterman uses it. Politicians use it (IN public, I mean). I’m watching the Disney Channel to see which cute cartoon character uses it first.

    ‘Blow’, on the other hand, still seems to have some sting. From your link, I surmise that Zune surpasses suckiness. Yea, verily: It blows.

  2. Mister Snitch! »

    14 November 2006 · 7:46 pm

    I mean, uh… the thing comes in brown. BROWN. I… I… Yeah, I want that BROWN music thingy. It goes with my brown suit, my brown car, my brown bathroom, and my brown life.

    Brown. Oh, the humanity.

  3. Mister Snitch! »

    14 November 2006 · 7:57 pm

    Aha! See? These guys figured it out! Brown.

  4. anonymous coward »

    14 November 2006 · 8:26 pm

    that site is pretty good! They do have it figured out, indeed.

  5. CGHill »

    14 November 2006 · 8:34 pm

    As someone once said, “It is what it is.”

  6. McGehee »

    15 November 2006 · 7:35 am

    my brown bathroom

    As we say in the ham radio community, that is Tango Mike Indian.

  7. CGHill »

    15 November 2006 · 7:41 am

    Weirdly, the palatial Surlywood estate is known familiarly in the neighborhood as the Brown House.

    In fact, apart from brick veneer along the front, it is sort of pink.

    [To foil the next questions: (1) it used to be green, and (2) it has never been owned by anyone named Brown.]

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