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[H] Enthusiast Archives: September 2007Archive Listing

Sunday September 30, 2007

Rock Band Pricing Announced

Many a Repetitive Stress Injury has spawned from Guitar Hero, and for those of you who havenít lost feeling in their fingers yet, youíll be happy to know Rock Band pricing, and a release date of 2007 has been announced.

First reported on MTV's Multiplayer blog today, the official line is that the PlayStation 2 version will includes the game, one guitar, one microphone and a drum kit; is scheduled for a Dec. 10 release; and will cost $159.99.


[H]ardware Round-Up II


Matrox DualHead2Go Digital Edition @ Technoyard


Zalman Reserator XT Hybrid Liquid Cooling @ Virtual-Hideout


Coolermaster CM 690 @ 3DXtreme


iPhone Screen Protector from USBFever @ DragonSteelMods

Morgan Stanley Must Pay Millions for Withholding E-Mails

The Morgan Stanley situation that we told you guys about has finally been rectified to the tune of $12.5 million dollars in fines.

The financial company previously had stated that its e-mail servers were destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, resulting in the loss of e-mails archived prior to that date. Morgan Stanley presumably had lost millions of pre-9/11 e-mails, but it was later discovered that they had been restored to the company's active e-mail system using backup tapes, which were stored in another location.


Ubuntu 7.10 Beta Review

For you Linux guys, take a look at this beta review and check out some of the new features coming soon to a box near you.

As soon as Ubuntu started up I was able to select my wireless network. Occasionally in the past it has had issues recognizing my wireless card, but this time it did a great job. It managed to pull in all of the networks in the vicinity:


Phishing Game Warns Users

Carnegie Mellon University students have created an online game to teach users about the perils of phishing.

Featuring a cartoon fish named Phil, the game, called Anti-Phishing Phil, has been tested in CMU's Privacy and Security Laboratory. Officials with the lab say users who spent 15 minutes playing the interactive, online game were better able to discern fraudulent Web sites than those who simply read tutorials about the threat.


Amazon VS. iTunes

Most analysts are stating that the new Amazon service might be the first potential threat to the iTunes empire. Before you jump in, have a look at this head-to-head comparison to find out which service deserves your hard earned money. has launched a public beta of Amazon MP3, a digital music store that provides DRM-free downloads of over 2 million songs from 180,000 artists and 20,000 labels. In comparison, Apple says the iTunes Store now contains over 6 million songs.


Japan Developing Next-gen Network

The Japanese will begin work on a network that they believe will replace the modern infrastructure of the internet with extremely efficient transfer speeds.

It will aim to develop and commercialise in around 2015 a network that can transfer data at 10 gigabits per second, 10 times faster than the next-generation network due to be launched in Japan this year, the report said.


UT3 IRC Chat Log

BeyondUnreal has a pretty lengthy chat log with Epic Games answering questions about the upcoming UT3. Of note, this game will include the Linux client on the disc.

All in all, the three hour Q&A; (and more than 110 answered questions!) yielded plenty of new info, such as the inclusion of the old UT favorite - CTF-Hydro - and clarification of many other things. Thanks Epic Games and thanks everyone for for participating... this was your event and it was a rousing success.


[H]ardware Round-Up


Cooler Master Hyper 212 Universal PC Cooler @ Bjorn3D

Kingwin Revolution Cooler @ Overclocker Cafť

OCZ Vendetta Exposed HDT CPU Cooler @ Benchmark Reviews

Power Supplies

TAGAN ITZ 1300W PSU @ GideonTech

Gap Loses 800K Worth of Applicant Data

A laptop was stolen that contained application data of about 800,000 people.

Why would gap, who employs about 152,000 people worldwide, have a single machine with nearly a million people who aren't even employed there on file? It seems odd, but with all the massive data thefts we've seen the past three years it is hardly surprising.


Apple's iPod Linked to iCrime Wave

It appears that high tech gadgets like the iPhone are causing the crime rate to rise. If you are a person who likes these types of toys, I would suggest keeping it hidden.

"In this brief, we propose that the rise in violent offending and the explosion in the sales of iPods and other portable media devices is more than coincidental," the report says. "We propose that over the past two years, America may have experienced an iCrime wave."


10 Things You Didnít Know About Sputnik

With the 50th anniversary of the first man made satellite making orbit, have a look at 10 things you may have never known.

5. Shortly after its launch, the New York Times explained that the literal translation of "sputnik" is "something that is traveling with a traveler." Additionally, "the traveler is the earth, traveling through space, and the companion 'traveling with' it is the satellite."