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[H] Enthusiast Archives: March 2009Archive Listing

Monday March 30, 2009

Netflix Raises Blu-ray Prices Again

A bit of a "good news / bad news" coming out of the folks at Netflix today. The company announced today that it will be raising prices again for those of you that have added Blu-ray access on your accounts. The good news is that their Blu-ray selection has grown 60% and almost 10% of the Netflix members get Blu-ray movies.

The number of titles available for us to purchase on Blu-ray has increased significantly. Our Blu-ray selection has grown more than 60% in just 6 months to over 1,300 titles, and is continuing to expand quickly. Blu-ray adoption among our members has also grown – it’s now close to 10%. As we buy more, you are able to choose from a rapidly expanding selection of Blu-ray titles. And as you’ve probably heard, Blu-ray discs are substantially more expensive than standard definition DVDs – often as much as 30% more.


[H]ardware Round-Up II


Prolimatech Megahalems LGA775/1366 CPU Cooler @ BmR


Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200S and Q9550S 65W CPUs @ HotHardware

Memory/ Storage

OCZ Platinum Series DDR3-1600 @ Think Computers


ATI Radeon HD 4890 vs. NvidiaGeForce GTX 275 @ Legion Hardware

Report Says Online Crime Surging in Recession

According to a new report from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center, internet fraud increased by 33% last year. This will be the first time in three years there was an increase in reported cases. Maybe it is that whole "bad economy" thingy we’ve been hearing about.

Internet fraud losses reported in the United States reached a record high $264.6 million in 2008, according to a report released on Monday from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center, run by the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.


NVIDIA Sponsoring Intel LAN Fest

More than a few of you have sent me a link to the official Intel LAN Fest website and pointed out the fact that NVIDIA is a platinum sponsor of the event. Obviously that is pretty funny / ironic considering all the unopened cans-o-whoop-ass and current lawsuits between the two companies.

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Uncool To Be An Actress In An Ad?

Here’s the latest and greatest internet controversy…are you ready? The girl that appeared in that Microsoft ad we posted last week (here) is *gasp* an actress. Not on the same level as "Justin Long / John Hodgman" kind of actor, but an aspiring actress. I can’t believe that companies are stooping to using actors to act in commercials. roll eyes (sarcastic) Thanks to everyone that sent me this one.

Lauren De Long is proud to claim over 20 film and commercial credits.

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Antec Unveils Newest Additions to Performance One Series

Antec, the global leader in computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, today announced the P183 and P193, the latest additions to Antec's award-winning Performance One Series. The P183 and P193 cases build on the popular designs of the P182 and P190, respectively, while introducing improved cooling and airflow features, advanced noise control and compatibility with Antec's exclusive CP Series power supply.

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The P183 mid-tower case utilizes the latest advancements in cooling with a dual chamber design; the power supply resides in a separate chamber to isolate heat and reduce system noise. Two TriCool(tm) 120mm fans-one rear, one top-ensure optimal cooling, while three optional fans provide additional cooling capabilities. Added vents designed in the front door also improve airflow into the P183. The double-hinged front door, which swings open to 270 degrees, allows for easy installation and customization.

The P193 Extended ATX case is designed to provide system builders with increased flexibility. The spacious interior of the P193 supports a variety of hardware, with 11 drive bays, seven expansion slots, Mini-ITX to Extended ATX motherboard compatibility, and room for multiple graphics cards and dual CPUs. Four TriCool(tm) fans-one rear, two top, and one side Big Boy 200(tm)-ensure maximum air circulation, while three optional fans offer additional cooling capabilities. Like the P183, the P193 also features a dual chamber design to isolate heat and noise, added vents in the front door to improve airflow, and a double-hinged front door for easy installation.

NVIDIA To Buy VIA Shares?

Just last week the big story was NVIDIA getting hit with a S&P; ratings downgrade, fast forward to today and the rumor is that NVIDIA is buying shares in VIA.

VIA Technologies plans to sell 300 million new shares at a price ranging from NT$9-12 (US$0.27-0.35) per share through private placement, the company has announced. Nvidia is reportedly in talks with VIA to take up a portion of the new shares, according to market sources. VIA commented that possible candidates for the private placement will be made clear after a shareholder meeting scheduled on June 19. Nvidia declined to comment market speculation.


Gaming News

6,000 Zombies on Screen at Once? No Problem @ VE3D

Fight Night Round 4 Screenshot Bonanza @ TEXT

Must See Mega64 MGS4 Spoof @ Mega64

Xbox 360 Brings Japanese Lingerie Lady Back To Life @ Kotaku

Microsoft, TomTom Settle Patent Dispute

It seems that Microsoft and TomTom have settled their patent lawsuit against each other. Damn, I was looking forward to making more smartass remarks every time this suit made he news. Bummer.

As part of the deal, as TomTom will pay Microsoft for patent protection related to mapping patents and file-management patents that Microsoft claimed were infringed by TomTom's use of the Linux kernel. Microsoft will also get access to the TomTom patents that were cited in TomTom's countersuit against Microsoft, although Microsoft won't make any payment to TomTom.

High-Tech Hijinks: Top 7 Web and PC Pranks

The day every news site dreads is fast approaching and ABC News is there. Today’s story highlights the top 7 web and PC pranks (that you can pull too) for April 1st. Got something better than these? Post it in the comments section below.

What would April be without its annual day of tomfoolery? Every year, April Fool's Day pranksters find new ways to make mischief with PCs and the Web. Even the stodgiest among us enjoy a chuckle, and tech geeks, especially, have a field day every April 1, using their skills to snare surfers online or throw friends and co-workers off-kilter at their computers.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases & Modding

Thermaltake Element S Mid-Tower Case @ PC Perspective


ASUS N81Vp Gaming Notebook @ Legit Reviews

Logitech G19 Keyboard @ Hardware Logic

Power Supply

Sapphire FirePSU 625W @ Driver Heaven


Gigabyte GeForce GTX 285 @ Guru3D

Court Won't Revive Va. Anti-Spam Law

Bad news for those of you that live in Virginia, the Supreme Court has decided not to reinstate an anti-spam law that was ruled unconstitutional last year.

The court on Monday said it will leave in place a ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court that the law was unconstitutional because it prohibited political, religious and other messages in addition to commercial solicitations. Virginia was the only state to ban noncommerical spam e-mail.