Apple's dock connector: Threat? or Menace?

There is no sane reason for the dock connector to be anything other than micro-USB.

There are a few DRM, third-party-vendor lock-in, and other monopolistic and otherwise consumer-hostile reasons. But no good reasons.


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This is no simple jigsaw-puzzle fail. No amount of rotation of swapping of tiles fixes this, so how did it happen? Actually I'm not sure the font size is the same, either.

Hey, you can see it on Street View too!


"Charging not supported" my ass

Dear Lazyweb,

My iPhone's dock connector appears to have gotten gunked up, and because Jobs is a profit-chiseling cockmuncher, this means that it keeps going into "Charging is not supported with this accessory" mode (still able to sync, but won't charge). It works about 10% of the time when I plug it into my dock and about 70% of the time when I plug it into the cable directly.

I can't see any obvious gunk. I've tried canned air; nothing. I've tried cutting down a pencil eraser so that it fits in the hole and scraping; that may have helped a little, but not much. Any other suggestions?

Update: I still don't know what went wrong, but they gave me a new phone!

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