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[H] Enthusiast Archives: December 2007Archive Listing

Monday December 31, 2007

[H]appy New Year!

Alright you guys, New Yearís Eve is the night for big parties, drinking and celebrations around the world as we celebrate the new year. I want everyone to have a great time but remember to be safe, we want to see each and every one of you back here tomorrow (hangover optional). Seriously, Iím going to be here to check on you guys and make sure you make it back in one piece! With that said, have a [H]appy New Year!

Coupons to Help Buy Digital Converters

I canít imagine there are many of you out there that still get their TV signal via an antenna but you might know someone that does. If that is the case, make sure you forward them this story so the people you know that need it can a $40 coupon for a converter box.

The converter boxes are expected to cost between $50 and $70 and will be available at most major electronics retail stores. Starting Tuesday, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will begin accepting requests for two $40 coupons per household to be used toward the purchase of the boxes.


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases & Modding

Cooler Master CMStacker 832 @ Hi-techreviews


AirLive WL-5460CAM WiFi Pan-Tilt Cam @ techPowerUP!

Logitech Wave Keyboard @ ThinkComputers


OCZ PC2-6400 DDR2 Kits For The Budget Conscious @ MadShrimps

Lady Gets Sprint Bill For $14k

This is only funny because it didnít happen to me. Trust me, if I got a $14,000 cell phone bill when I pay for an $59 unlimited plan, someone would have some explaining to do.

The next day I called sprint for them to tell me to give me a run around. After 2 hours on the phone, I finally told them I wanted to cancel the service. At which they did on December 10th. I checked my mail today to receive another bill from sprint, for $14,062.27.


Gaming News

Calling It: The Xbox 360 Won 2007 @ Kotaku

Fake PSP Shocks People @ Technabob

Jack Thompson Still An Idiot @ Wired

Stalker Threatens Girls He Met On XBL @ KHQ Spokane

The Joys of Co-op @ VE3D

Update On XBL Issues @ Major Nelson CFO Dies in Accident

Shawn Wang, chief financial officer for, died in an accident while on vacation during the holidays. No details have been given at this time.

Wang joined Baidu in 2004, four years after its founding, to lead it to a successful initial public offering on NASDAQ in August 2005. Earlier this month became the first Chinese company to be included in the Nasdaq 100 index.


Malware Evolving Too Fast for Antivirus Apps

Experts say that malware is evolving too fast for antivirus programs. The best antivirus software out there only blocks about one in four unknown malicious programs. Gee, thatís encouraging.

In our tests of how well security software blocks unknown malicious programs, the best performer detected only one in four new malware samples. In contrast, February 2007 results from similar heuristics testing showed that the best utilities caught about half of new samples.


[H]ardware Round-Up


Kingston USB 2.0 Hi-Speed 19-in-1 Media Reader @ Legit Reviews


Kingston 2x1GB HyperX PC3-13000 DDR3 @ Virtual Hideout


MSI RX3870 Radeon HD3870 512MB @ CPU3D

VisionTek Black Box HD3850 @ Overclockers Club

XFX GeForce 8800 GT 256MB @ PC Perspective

Scientist Make Waterproof Coating For Gadgets

British scientists have come up with a way to completely waterproof electronic gadgets. Sounds cool, not sure when it would ever come in handy, but it sounds cool.

Scientists in Britain have come up with a solution for making electronic gadgets completely waterproof, using a type of coating that repels liquids. The technology has, up until now, been used for military gear, but the makers of Ion-Mask are already in discussion with three cellphone manufacturers with a view to using the coating on their products.


Crazy Wii Remote Tech Support Call

Weíve all heard some wild tech support stories but, not only is this one true, the "crazy" solution the tech gave the customer actually worked.

Friendly Nintendo Help Desk Lady: "Okay - I want you to take the remote, button side down and smack it into the palm of your hand two or three times." Russ: "You've got to be kidding" Friendly Nintendo Help Desk Lady: "No sir, do it hard enough that I can hear it across the phone line but not hard enough to damage the remote."


Vonage Settles Patent Dispute with Nortel

Vonage has settled yet another patent dispute today. The company claims this is the last of the patent lawsuits.

The contemplated settlement involves a limited cross license to three Nortel and three Vonage patents and will not call for any monetary payments by any party, the company said in a statement.


Record Data Breaches in 2007

It doesnít matter which security group you talk to, the general consensus is that it has been a bad year for data breaches. Hopefully these numbers change for the better in 2008.

Foley's group lists more than 79 million records reported compromised in the United States through Dec. 18. That's a nearly fourfold increase from the nearly 20 million records reported in all of 2006. Another group,, estimates more than 162 million records compromised through Dec. 21 ó both in the U.S. and overseas, unlike the other group's U.S.-only list.