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Off Topic: Manchester United wins Champions League versus Chelsea

In Misc on May 21, 2008 at 5:32 pm

The British team Manchester United beat Chelsea in penalty kicks in the Champions League final. This is the third League win for the Red Devils. It was an emotional game with one red card and many other yellow’s. Drogba “hit” Vidic in the face during a scuffle between the teams, which ended up with Drogba’s ejection and Vidic’s yellow card. Manchester United scored first in the 26th minute, with Cristiano Ronaldo taking the glory. Then a freak goal by Lampard just before the half. The game ended up as a draw 1-1 even after overtime. It went to penalty kicks in which Ronaldo’s shot was saved. Shortly after, though, John Terry struck the post and the game was kept alive. Anelka fired a shot at United’s keeper, Van Der Sar, who saved the shot and won the title for Manchester United. John Terry had to be consoled by Chelsea manager Avram Grant, who will most likely loose his job as manager of Chelsea FC. It was a thrilling game and both teams played to their highest standards, but in the end Manchester United came out on top. Report from BBC UK.

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Napster launches $0.99 MP3 online store, there is a crapload of news

In Internet, Uncategorized on May 20, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Well, today has been a busy day in news, first the new iriver launches from Creative Labs. Then the Megan Meier incident, then the text-messaging lawsuit, and now Napster is launching their own online ninety-nine cent store. It is equivalent to Apple’s iTunes, only there’s nothing to download, and …*drumroll*…no DRM! Yes, finally, all songs $0.99, without Apple’s DRM crap. Everything is in MP3 format and you are free to do with it as you please. I’m making the switch, are you?

Myspace ‘suicide’ incident shocks the nation

In Cyber Crime on May 20, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Earlier this week a bizarre and sick incident occured in a small town west of St. Louis has erupted in dispute. What happened was that a young girl named Megan Meier had befriended the daughter of Lori Drew, which eventually broke up. In spite of the event of the broken friendship, Lori Drew along with a hired employee, created a fake Myspace account, taking the identity of, “A handsome 16-year-old boy”, who developed a relationship with Megan. Later, the fake boyfriend broke-up with Megan Meier, threatened, and harassed her. Megan, of 13, had already had emotional problems in the past, and in light of the events, committed suicide. She hung herself in her bedroom. Lori Drew is now being prosecuted on not Megan’s death, but violating Myspace’s terms, and may face up to ten years in prision. She may be charged for involuntary manslaughter, and deliberately and severely tampering with the emotions of another human. Reports from the LA Times and The Cuban Revolution.

Nearly all major wireless carriers slammed by text-messaging lawsuit

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2008 at 1:00 pm
A new lawsuit has emerged against AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Alltel, US Cellular, Cellular South, and Virgin Mobile (No T-Mobile), against text-messaging for being charged with recieveing text messages and not being able to turn the service off, reports Engadget. This has been a problem for many years now, and it is finally being brought out in the open. I will report more as information becomes available, but for now this is the only real information I can give you.

Wii Fit launches in New York, all the rave is in Central Park

In Technology on May 19, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Nintendo launched it’s Wii Fit, and they’re proud of it. There is a celebration and trial in Central Park, NYC, NY today, thrown by Nintendo, reports Engadget. It has been long overdue and long waited, but the Wii Fit is finally here for all to see and enjoy. Let’s just hope it will bring many smiles and joy to young kids around the world (Yes, even you China).

3G iPhone leaked due to a carrying case render?

In Cell Phones, Technology on May 19, 2008 at 10:28 am

Well, I’m sitting at school, checking Engadget, and come across this, a potential leak of the 3G iPhone. I believe that it is true, there is just too much evidence of the new iPhone, first Apple takes it off their website, then Apple stores and AT&T report dwindling stock of the iPhone, then the picture, and now this. The case is significantly different from the current iPhone, it is rounder and some of the jacks are out of place, I believe that this is the one that will prove the 3G iPhone, it’s about time!

RIM announces Blackberry Bold release date, prices leaked

In Cell Phones on May 16, 2008 at 11:46 am

UPDATE ON SEP 8: There is a pretty strong rumor going around at Engadget and The Boy Genius Report that the Bold will be coming out on October 2 for AT&T, no word on any other carriers. Don’t get your hopes up just yet, remember the summer release date? Yeah, it got thrown in the garbage can, but it is an ounce of light on a still lingering hope that the Bold will at least come out this year. Story from Engadget, link to the Boy Genius Report is in the post.

UPDATE ON AUG 23: It’s also official that Rogers, the major Canadian carrier, will be offering the Blackberry Bold for CA $399 as well as a voice plus data plan for CA $49 a month. Story from Engadget.

UPDATE ON AUG 14: It’s official, the Blackberry Bold release date has been delayed. It’s already August and no Bold. Research in Motion (RIM) has stated that due to bad battery life, software issues, and overheating, the Bold has been delayed. There is no word from anyone when the new dates are going to be. Report from Engadget & The Boy Genius Report.

NOTICE: All updates for the Blackberry Bold will be posted through AddictedBlogging.com as of July 5, 2008. To get to the post, click on the AddictedBlogging.com link above, then either click on “Blog” on the banner at the top of the page or scroll down to the bottom and click on the banner that says “AddictedBlogging”, then either find the post there or click on “Archive” at the bottom and find the post there, thank you.

UPDATE ON JUN 12: Engadget has reported that the Blackberry Bold now has it’s own promotional page on AT&T, the AT&T page is here and the Engadget page is here.

ORIGINAL ON MAY 16: As you can tell I am very fond of Engadget. That is why I found this article. RIM has announced the release dates for their new, hot, Blackberry Bold as well as a leak for the prices. Keep in mind that prices are just estimates (Thanks Forrest). Here they are:

AT&T – July ($300)

Verizon Wireless – September ($300)

Sprint – September ($300)

T-Mobile – September ($350)

I know that we’re all waiting on the exact release dates and pricing, but for now you can just drool over some more Blackberry Bold pictures at the gallery below.

Microsoft announcing “TouchWall”, just another piece of hardware for Google Maps

In Technology on May 15, 2008 at 9:14 pm

Microsoft has announced Touch Wall, Engadget reports, a touchable electronic device mounted on a wall. It will be a great piece of hardware for web applications like Google Maps. It looks like it’s going to be used for the public and not private. It looks pretty neat, but is it worth the money? I say no, it’s a big piece of flash that costs too much for too little. Microsoft isn’t making the right choices so far. Vista is a failure, they’re trying to copy Apple with their ‘simplicity’ with the new Office Suite, the Zune, and this new TouchWall that they just announced, and quite frankly, it’s not doing too well. Well that’s my take on it, for now goodbye.

Signed,

The Addicted

Apple reaches $154 billion, Ubuntu to become the most popular Linux distribution?

In Apple, Linux/Unix, Technology, Ubuntu on May 14, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Well, well, it’s Apple’s time of year, because they just reached $154 billion! That’s one monster sized company, they are worth more than Google Corp. and Yahoo! Inc (Well we all knew the latter). Their enormous size comes from the stunning success of their iPods, iTunes, and the growing popularity of Mac’s and OSX. As for Ubuntu. Ubuntu has been one of the fastest growing Linux distributions out there, why? Because it is easy to use, and a WIndows user can adapt quite easily to it. It also has the capabilities of Linux with the simplicity and functionality of a Windows machine. This combination of abilities has easily driven Ubuntu to one of the top Linux distributions in terms of use. All I can say is, “Go Ubuntu!”. That is all.

Your blogger,

The Addicted

How To: Change the appearance of Ubuntu

In Ubuntu on May 14, 2008 at 11:14 am

Ubuntu is a very versatile operating system. You can change nearly everything in it, if you know how. All you have to do is install the Emerald Theme Manager. I will explain the steps below, pictures (As always) will follow.

1. Install the Emerald Theme Manager using

sudo apt-get install emerald

2. Go to the Beryl website using this link.

3. At the top of the site there will be a banner that has all the links, click on the one that says “Themes”.

4. Go through the themes and download the one you like, put it into your home folder.

5. Enter the Emerald Theme Manager by going to System -> Preferances -> Emerald Theme Manager.

6. Click on “Import” and select the file you downloaded (It should be a .emerald file).

7. Double click on it and it should be enabled and viola!

NOTE: Sometimes Emerald will not work, to fix this just right click on your desktop, click “New Launcher” and enter in the name field “Emerald Alternate”, and for the command field “emerald –replace”. It will put an icon on your desktop. After that create a new launcher and title it “GTK Standard” and in the command field enter “gtk-window-decorator –replace”. It will also put an icon on your desktop. If you double-click on the “Emerald Alternate”, it will go to your specified Emerald theme, if you click on “GTK Standard” it will revert back to the default theme.