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[H] Enthusiast Archives: March 2009Archive Listing


Tuesday March 31, 2009

Mark Cuban Fined For Twitter Remarks

Mark Cuban was fined $25,000 for remarks he made on Twitter about the way his team was treated during a recent game. The NBA didn’t seem to like those comments and slapped him with the fine.

Mark Cuban, the outspoken owner of the Dallas Mavericks, is apparently just as frank on Twitter as he is courtside at basketball games. The NBA fined Cuban $25,000 on Sunday for a complaint that he tweeted about the refereeing of his team's 103-101 loss to Denver.

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Google Street View Captures UFOs

Aghhh!!! Run for cover! The Google Street View team caught nine UFOs flying in formation on camera! We are all gonna die!

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

CPU

Intel Xeon W5580 Processor @ Bit-Tech

ETC.

Apple Safari 4 Beta @ VIAArena

Moblin V2 vs. Ubuntu Netbook Remix vs. Ubuntu MID @ Phoronix

Motherboards

MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 @ Neoseeker

Power Supply

Antec CP-850 850W Power Supply @ jonnyGURU

Video

EVGA GeForce GTS 250 @ Ultimate Hardware

Facebook Movie Moving Ahead?

Like many of you, I’m a Facebook user and I like to read funny Facebook related stories as much as you guys do...but a movie about Facebook? Who would watch that?

The movie, as you may recall, is spearheaded by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and is reportedly based on a book by Bringing Down the House author Ben Mezrich, known for scandalous tales of ambition and temptation set at elite universities. That's a fine match for Facebook, which was founded by Mark Zuckerberg and some of his friends while they were all undergraduates at Harvard.

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HP, Lenovo and Dell Get An E-Waste Penalty Point

Greenpeace has put out an updated guide to greener electronics that bashes HP, Lenovo and Dell over the head pretty hard for not cleaning up their act environmentally. Oddly enough, although Nintendo is dead last on the list (again) and makes more consoles than any other company on the planet, they were not even mentioned in the article.

HP, Lenovo and Dell had promised to eliminate vinyl plastic (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) from their products by the end of 2009. Now they've told us that they won't make it this year. The phase-out of toxic substances is an urgent priority to help tackle the growing tide of e-waste. Still, producers only go green when they feel public and consumer pressure to do so. That's why we campaign.

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10 of the World's Smallest Gadgets

If this would have been our list of the ten smallest gadgets in the world, we would have stacked up 18 of those little hard drives and shot the world’s smallest hole in them using the world’s smallest pistol.

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Conficker Advice of the Day

The Associate Press says "Don’t fret about Conficker." The article says that most everyday users will not even know they are infected…and then offers this awesome bit of advice:

The best remedy is to have a friend — whose computer is not infected — download a removal tool from Microsoft or one of the antivirus vendors. Then that person should e-mail the tool to you.

Yeah, like opening every attachment sent to you by friends didn’t get you in this situation in the first place.

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Gaming News

First Saints Row 2 DLC Revealed @ Shacknews

Gears 2 Snowblind Map Pack Out Now @ Joystiq

Operation Flashpoint 2 Screenshots @ VE3D

Sony Announces PlayStation 2 Price Cut @ Kotaku

Funny Picture of The Day

While you and I are smart enough to realize that spending $0.42 to send a bill for $0.42 to someone is a waste of time from the get go, not all companies are that smart. Not counting the postage, just look at the picture below and then factor in the paper, envelope, man-hours and resources it took to process that payment and you can’t help but laugh at a company that sends you a bill like that. Thanks to Izzy R. for this one.

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Dead Pixel in Google Earth

Thanks to Gizmodo, I now know that a 32" x 32" square of dirt looks like one dead pixel from an altitude of 1 kilometer in Google Earth.

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Man Kills Wife For Playing GTA

Some old guy killed his wife for playing too much GTA. I know, I know, the first thing that came to your mind was "please let it be Jack Thompson." Don’t feel bad, I was hoping the same thing too.

He would play on the computer until midnight, after which Ms Cannom would take over, regularly staying up until five or six in the morning, Lincoln Crown Court was told. "Carol quickly became hooked. He was very unhappy about the amount of time she was playing on the PlayStation."

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases & Modding

NZXT Zero 2 Full Tower Chassis @ ThinkComputers

Silverstone Raven RV01 Case @ Hardware Logic

Cooling

Evercool Hermes Notebook Cooler @ Overclockers Club

ETC.

ASUS G71V Gaming Laptop @ Driver Heaven

Motherboards

Gigabyte EX58-UD4P @ Techgage