Archive for October, 2009

Facebook Spammer ordered to pay Humongous Fine

Friday, October 30th, 2009

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A federal court has awarded Facebook $711 million in damages from spammer Sanford Wallace, who was convicted of hitting the social networking site with millions of spam messages staring in November of 2008. Wallace, notoriously named the Spam King, accessed members’ accounts without their permission and created phony wall posts and messages. The judge in the case requested that Wallace also be prosecuted for criminal contempt. Facebook’s legal team said they don’t expect to collect the full award but hope this will serve as a deterrent to other spammers. This was the second large award Facebook has received in a court case with a spammer.  Read more about it in the Computerworld website.

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Your Own Personal Hovercraft

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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The Air Board personal hovercraft is the newest entry into the catalog of expensive and impractical transportation devices. The Air Board really does travel up to 20 mph on a thin layer of air, but the only way to steer it is by leaning and it has no brakes. See a demonstration of the personal hovercraft in this YouTube video:

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Nikon Coolpix S1000PJ – A projector and Camera in One

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

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The Nikon Coolpix digital camera is more than a 12.1 megapixel digital camera. It’s also one of the first working microprojectors to hit the market. Prototypes of tiny LED projectors have been shown over the past couple of years, but Nikon beat everyone to the punch by including one in the Coolpix S1000PJ. The digital camera projector is capable of projecting large, clear images from the camera onto any wall or screen. The Coolpix may lead the way in a rebirth of the family slideshow, without the hassle of the slides. Popular Mechanics has voted the Coolpix projector camera as one of the “10 Most Brilliant Products of 2009.”

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The Ingenious Socket Pocket

Monday, October 05th, 2009

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Sometimes the simplest things are the most ingenious.  If you’re always looking for a place to put your phone while it’s charging or feel like the charger cord is always in the way, then the Socket Pocket could be the perfect solution for you. This inexpensive electrical socket cover has a pocket to hold your cell phone while it’s being charged.  Now you can eliminate cord clutter and have a handy storage location for your cell phone, PDA or MP3 device.  Simply remove your existing socket cover plate and replace it with the Socket Pocket.  You can set the Socket Pocket in tan or white for only $4.99 at ThinkGeek.

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