iPhone stuffed with crashing hard drive
The data-recovery virtuosi at DriveSavers have come up with an iPhone app that IT admins can use to explain to an unfortunate client exactly how and why their hard drive went south, taking all of that irreplaceable financial data with it.
And, of course, seeing as how DriveSavers is in the business of data recovery and not education, their app also explains how the Novato, California company can retrieve lost data.
The just-released DriveSaver (iTunes links) isn't the first iPhone app produced by a company to juice their cash flow. In addition to obvious candidates such as eBay and its subsidiary PayPal, retailers such as Best Buy and Target will keep you up-to-date on special deals and help you find appropriate gift items, and megacorps such as Coca-Cola and WalMart have apps that mix brand reinforcement with attempts at entertainment.
It's geeky, loud, and chock full of schadenfreude
DriveSavers' app, however, goes those folks one better, mixing edification with entertainment. Its "Hard Drive Disk-aster Simulator" includes an animated - though quite basic - tutorial on how hard drives work. More entertaining - and more useful for the aforementioned IT admin - is its Crash a Hard Drive section, where you can watch and listen to six different types of animated hard drive failures, from the simple to the catastrophic.
There's also a tutorial on protection strategies and a tour of the DriveSavers ISO-5 clean room, including images of some truly pathetic-looking dead drives.
Sure, it's all self-serving, but watching a fatal head crash and examining photos of cataclysmically cratered platters is strangely satisfying.
And, yes, of course it's free. It is advertising, after all. ®
Well, if your hard disk just crashed, it's kind of difficult to get to a website to show 'em, isn't it! I hope that's not too technical of an explanation for you.
I personally think it's kind of cool, even though I think the iPhone is shite.
Why get the app...
Why experience this vicariously when you can (and likely will someday) experience the real thing firsthand?
Coming soon: Shot in the Head simulator and Cancer 1.0
I think the only mistake is to assume that it is actually supposed to be useful.
Who gets to define what's crap or not ? Apps can be useful, educational, informative, entertaining or just fun. If this ( or any other 'crap app' ) makes the Apple App Store difficult to use then it's the store which is the problem.
I'm off to the supermarket to demand they remove all those things I never want to buy to make my shopping experience easier.
You are obviously immune to the iPhone's "Must use, must use" field.
Glad I'm not the only one!