Internet | Mom tracks down toilet-tissue pranksters
Don't TP a house, you may get busted and face jail time! With the use of the internet, a mother of six was able to track down the pranksters that destroyed her property.
"Base persuaded supermarket managers to tally daily toilet-paper buys for the week and a Stater Bros. manager said there was a run on bathroom tissue two days before her home was vandalized.
At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, someone bought 144 rolls of toilet paper, cheese, dog food, flour and plastic forks, the same items found on her lawn and house. It was a cash transaction, making it difficult to trace the purchaser, but the store had video surveillance.
The video showed four teenagers making the purchase, one of them wearing a Norco High School letterman's jacket with a name stitched across the back. The store's parking lot surveillance camera showed the truck they were using.
Base then borrowed a Norco High yearbook and used online databases to get the name, phone numbers and addresses of the teens on the store tape."
Technology | Cingular to charge $5 for older phones
Warning to all Cingular customers with old phones, prepare to fork over an extra $5 per month because of it.
"NEW YORK - About 4.7 million Cingular Wireless subscribers with older phones will have to pay $5 extra each month as the company tries to prod them to get new handsets so it can devote its entire network to one type of signal.
The new surcharge, unique among the major U.S. carriers, will be added to bills starting in September, the company told The Associated Press on Monday."
"The Terminal DOOM demo is a DOOM3 port - of sorts - of the Classic DOOM source as originally released in 1997. The playable demo is available for Windows and Linux, and supports all shareware and retail versions of DOOM. You will have to have the retail version of DOOM3 installed, and you will have to apply the version 1.3 patch to be able to run the Terminal DOOM demo."
Some DS Lite owners are complaining of their hinges cracking on their screen. Nintendo has fielded the complaints and have given in, free fixes for all US and UK customers.
"Nintendo of America has issued a press release acknowledging that a small number of DS Lite consoles are showing cracks in their plastic casing on the left hand side of the hinge on the console, just above the power connector.
While claiming that the flaw is extremely rare - Nintendo cites a figure of 0.02 per cent of shipped units as having the defect - the firm has invited customers whose units have the problem to contact them for a free repair."
"NEW YORK -- July 24, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) and ATI (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced plans to join forces in a transaction valued at approximately $5.4 billion. The combination will create a processing powerhouse by bringing AMDís technology leadership in microprocessors together with ATIís strengths in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics. The result: A new and more formidable company, determined to drive growth, innovation and choice for its customers, particularly in the commercial and mobile computing segments and in the rapidly-growing consumer electronics market. Combining technologies, people, and complementary strengths, AMD plans to deliver in 2007 customer-centric platforms for the benefit of customers who want to collaborate in the development of differentiated solutions."
You now don't need to own Nike's to use the iPod monitor.
"When the Nike+iPod Sport Kit was announced, I was really excited about being able to track my running progress with my iPod nano. I was not excited, however, with the thought of having to switch to Nike running shoes to use it. The notch thatís cut into Nikeís new shoes for the transmitter is a brilliant idea, but I donít want to sacrifice the support and comfort I get from my trusty Saucony Hurricanes. Since the Sport Kit transmitter is just an accelerometer, I figured there had to be an easy way to attach it to my shoe laces."
For folks who are having trouble with their DNS, this may be the answer. Not only does it catch phishing sites, it also auto corrects domain typos!
"Two things make OpenDNS faster than similar services. First, OpenDNS runs a really big, smart cache, so every OpenDNS user benefits from the activities of the broader OpenDNS user base. Second, OpenDNS runs a high-performance network which is geographically distributed (see network map) and serviced by several redundant connections. OpenDNS responds to your query from the nearest location. That means we're very fast (and extremely reliable, to boot)."
This is a definite hot deal for customers who are forced to wait and wait and wait for rebates to come in to score that great deal. All stores should follow suit, rebates are the biggest scam that is still in play in this day and age.
"ITASCA, Ill., July 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OfficeMaxģ (NYSE: OMX - News), one of the nation's largest office supply distributors with approximately 870 superstores, announced that, as of July 2, 2006, it has become the first national office products retailer in America to eliminate its retail mail-in rebate program -- a bold move to improve its customers' in-store experience and the overall value of shopping at OfficeMax. Instead of participating in standard manufacturer rebate programs that require a customer to save product receipts, fill out forms, and ensure they have submitted all information within a specified time period, OfficeMax will now reflect an instant discount in product pricing that consumers can immediately enjoy at the cash register."
Security | Porn at state office puts taxpayers at risk
For folks in Oregon, better check your credit reports in the coming month(s). It looks like a state employee was having a little fun at your expense at work.
"SALEM, Ore. - Electronic files containing personal data of up to 2,200 Oregon taxpayers may have been compromised by an ex-employee's unauthorized use of a computer, the Oregon Department of Revenue said Tuesday.
Amy McLaughlin, an information technology security officer with the state, said the incident apparently occurred when an employee downloaded a contaminated file from a porn site."