When Facebook started to get popular, before it was open to the public, I wanted to check it out and try it. I was really happy when it did finally open up to the world. I liked it so much, and after discovering some unsavory ways MySpace was using user data, I ditched it and was Facebook 100%. Now, I'm thinking about ditching Facebook.
After 8 years and thousands and thousands of songs sold, Walmart has succumbed to the power of the number 1 and 2 online music retailers in the world. They announced that on August 28th, 2011, they will start the process of closing down the online store. But if you bought music from Walmart's online store, there you're not 100% out in the cold.
Our kookey friends north of the 38th Parallel are at it again. First it was their own distribution of Linux called Red Star, which I did download and install. But I couldn't use it because it was in Korean. Now, Kim Jong-Il is having people hack games to make some real world cash.
If you live out in the boondocks of Upstate New York and have to rely on a cell companies' 3G service or a satellite for internet access, you may have another option available to you soon. The new wireless standard of 802.22 has been approved, and is capable of covering 12,000 square miles by using the white spaces left in the TV frequency spectrum.
AT&T was the first to drop unlimited data plans from their cell phone offerings, then Verizon followed suit. The next shoe has now dropped with AT&T now saying that they will throttle data speed on the top 5% of cell phone data users. So if you listen to Pandora at work or watch Law and Order on Netflix at the State Offices, you won't be for long.
Star Wars has been the basis of computer games for some time now and those games have always been popular. The upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic, the massive MMO Roleplaying title due out sometime next year is expected to be a huge hit. But here's a game that isn;t even being developed by a major game studio or even on the radar because it's a student project, but it's pretty awesome.
The LAN parties I'm talking about are not about taking the XBox 360 and hooking up to someone's home network and playing side by side, which you could do. This more about the computer gaming side, using PCs. It's still very much active and alive. QuakeCon is still a big event and StarCraft tournaments in South Korea are like the NFL, NBA and Baseball all rolled into one over there. With players of those gamers getting rock star treatment. If you want to just experience the fun locally, here's how.
If you've been to New York City, you've seen the guys on street corners selling bootlegs of everything from watches to movies. Obviously, those products are not the real deal. But in China, there has been a growing number of fake Apple Stores popping up and then being torn down.
It happens from time to time. One hacker group hacks another. It's like a virtual drive by shooting. But this time, it's a little different. Rupert Murdoch's News International has been hacked by the hacking group LulzSec, who have hacked the CIA and the FBI to name a few.
Something that took a lot of people by surprise, myself included, was that Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg had an account on the new social network that Google has started, called Google+. Just to add irony to the surprise, he closed off access to his account so he couldn't be tracked. "Hi Kettle, my name is The Pot. Did you know you're black?"
30 years ago this month, the struggling American division of Nintendo, released the game Donkey Kong on the unsuspecting American shores making the company do a 180 and firmly making a place for the game and the company in the history books. Not to mention making me a few hundred dollars poorer as a kid. If I didn't pump so many quarters into these games, I would be independently wealthy by now.
First, MySpace was the place to hang out online, then along came Facebook, and not only knocked it off it's throne, but gave it a swirly in the toilet to boot! Along the way, MySpace tried to get it's dignity back but nothing worked. Then Google jumped into the fight with Buzz which was a failure. Google Wave made a little bit of a show but still fell flat. Now Google has Google+ and it's getting traction.
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