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[H] Enthusiast Archives: December 2009Archive Listing

Thursday December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

We want to wish all of you a Happy New Year! We hope all of you have a good time ringing in the new year tonight, be safe, make resolutions you can keep and we’ll see you all back here next year!

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Blizzard Helps Cops Track Down WoW Player

If you play World of Warcraft, you might want to avoid a life of crime because, although you think you are anonymous online, you aren’t. Making matters worse, Blizzard will hand your information over to the authorities in a heartbeat.

Blizzard did more than cooperate. It gave Roberson everything he needed to track down Hightower, including his IP address, his account information and history, his billing address, and even his online screen name and preferred server. From there it was a simple matter to zero in on the suspect’s location.


Impact of FTC Versus Intel Overblown

It would seem that some industry analysts believe the FTC’s case against Intel is rather weak and overblown. Overall the feeling is that any penalties by the FTC will be minor and that Intel's operational activities will be "unobstructed" after a ruling in the matter is handed down.

Freedman said his firm does not currently see any potential change in Intel's business practices that would impact the company's earnings potential. Broadpoint AmTech believes Intel has a "much stronger case than people realize" and that the company will receive a favorable ruling on the matter before the end of 2010.


Apple Wins Appeal in iPod Hearing Loss Case

What’s that you say? Apple won an appeal in that iPod hearing loss case? You’ll have to speak up, I can’t hear crap these days. Anyone seen my iPod Touch?

A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a class-action lawsuit seeking to hold Apple Inc responsible for possible hearing loss caused by using its popular iPod music player. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco affirmed a 2008 district court ruling that the plaintiffs failed to show that use of the iPod poses an unreasonable risk of noise-induced hearing loss.


Social Networking Joins Addiction List

Social networks are now considered addictions? How can that be? Are there really people out there snorting Twitter or shooting up 140 characters or less? Sheesh, I thought calling video games an addiction was bad.

SOCIAL networking has joined sex, drugs and alcohol as the latest addiction plaguing celebrities. With Australians spending a third of their time online perusing Facebook, however, it seems the everyday Aussie is not far behind in mirroring the trend.


Tweets, Sexting "Unfriended" in U.S. Banned Word List

Most of the stuff on the 35th annual list of words that should be banned are obviously obnoxious but the list is kinda short. What are some words you wouldn’t mind seeing banished from the English language?

Also ripe for exile is "sexting," shorthand for sexy text messaging, a habit that has caused trouble this year for public figures from politicians to star athletes. Similarly, list makers showed distaste for tweeting, retweeting and tweetaholics, lingo made popular by users of the popular Twitter networking website.


The Tech Behind The New Year’s Ball

This video gives you a bit of a "behind the scenes" look at the Times Square ball. The video also mentions a free app called "Clink-Clink" that iPhone owners might be interested in. Thanks to Morris D. (and the time?) for the linkage.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases & Modding

LanCool PC-K56W Mid-Tower Computer Case @ BmR

NZXT TEMPEST EVO Computer Case @ Overclockers Club

RaidMax Skyline Mid Tower Case @ Hi Tech Legion


Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse @ techPowerUP!


PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 5770 @ Overclockers Club

Women Play Harder Than Men in Online Games

A new study finds that women play longer and harder than men in online games…well, at least they do in EverQuest II. The study sounds a bit fishy, claiming that women gamers exercise more, weigh less, play well with others and play longer but brag about it less. Wait, there must’ve been a girl on the research team.

In fact, women who played EverQuest II tended to exercise more and weigh less than the average American. Another shattered stereotype: The pimply teenage gamer. The average age of the 7,000 players in the USC survey was 31, and gamers in their 30s outnumbered those in their 20s.


RockYou Sued Over Data Breach

A lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court against social-networking app maker RockYou for failing to keep customer data safe.

The suit seeking class action status was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco by lawyers for Alan Claridge, of Evansville, Ind., who registered with RockYou in August 2008 to use a photo-sharing application. RockYou is a publisher and developer of online apps and services like "SuperWall" on Facebook and "Slideshow" on MySpace.


TSA Subpoenas Bloggers, Demands Names of Sources

With absolute proof that terrorists are trying to blow up planes again, it is nice to see the TSA is putting its resources where they are needed…serving subpoenas on bloggers.

As the government reviews how an alleged terrorist was able to bring a bomb onto a U.S.-bound plane and try to blow it up on Christmas Day, the Transportation Security Administration is going after bloggers who wrote about a directive to increase security after the incident.


Wednesday December 30, 2009

Ten Gadgets That Defined the Decade

Engadget has posted a list of the ten gadgets that defined the decade. The list includes Windows XP, the iPhone, the Xbox 360 with honorable mentions to dozens of other devices.

As 2009 winds down and we try to come up with new and clever ways of referring to the early years of this century, there's really only one thing left to do: declare our ten favorite gadgets of the aughts and show them off in chronological order. It's arguable that if this wasn't the decade of gadgets, it was certainly a decade shaped by gadgets -- one which saw the birth of a new kind of connectedness.