Like a predatory loan officer or an unstable partner, technology companies have an obsession with locking you down. Here are some of the worst examples of proprietary products that leave you trapped, broke and angry.
Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and others pitch Universal Flash Storage, "a unified removable memory card that can be shared among various mobile, portable and other CE devices without the need for any adaptors." Yeah, just like SD, CF, Memory Stick and xD before it. [CNNMoney.com]
Fujifilm makes some great cameras. Their low-light performance and color vibrancy can be stunning. But every review I write has to have the caveat "requires dorky, expensive xD memory cards."
Fujifilm's announced a 2GB xD-Picture card for digital camera and camcorders—mostly Olympus and Fujifilm cameras, plus Olympus's voice recorders. The press release says the 2GB card can store 1,640 5-megapixel pictures of sorority girls gone wild, or up to 58 minutes of drunkenly filmed 320x240 resolution movies. Add…