Re: El Cheapo Camcorder
Eh, some 11 year old will just defeat the defeats. A lot of these 'disposable' products get hacked. Unfortunately they arent that great to begin with, but they're good for a kids toy if nothing else.
There are a bunch of 'disposable' digital cameras intended to be brought back and 'developed' for a fee, that are then resold. Look around a little and you'll find quite a few hacks for them. Several only require that you solder a couple of wires onto one of the boards inside to hook them up to a plain old USB port. $10-20 for a halfway decent kids camera is a good deal.
Sure, not what the company intended when they made them, but I doubt hundreds of thousands of people are gonna go through the trouble...
Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.