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Facebook Friday | Software Winners Announced

Hey folks, let me introduce a new T4E feature –  Facebook Friday!

Item 1 – A movie about Facebook: (ABC) “The Social Network” will hit theaters on Oct. 1, but already the movie has sparked thousands of conversations, not to mention wall posts.

“Since the movie trailer hit the Web this summer, millions of Facebook Friends have been waiting to see a film dramatizing Facebook’s meteoric rise from Harvard’s campus to global Internet phenomenon.”

Uh. Yeah. Not gonna see it. Not even when it comes out on cable.

Item 2Facebook outage was its biggest ever

(CNN)Facebook’s outage that shut down the site for many users Thursday was its worst since it became a worldwide social-networking powerhouse, according to an engineer for the site.

It seems EVERYONE was affected by not being able to access Facebook yesterday, and today the media is a-buzz. (I don’t watch or read the mainstream media anymore, largely for reasons such as this. Facebook outage.. well, have to fill the airtime I guess.)

I like this headline from Oregon Public Broadcasting:

OPB BREAKING NEWS: Facebook is down. Worker productivity rises. U.S. climbs out of recession.

I do hope the Facebook outage did not cause any Farmville animals to suffer from neglect…

This week’s software license winners are…

The folks at SPAMFighter (last week’s giveaway) generously donated 10 one-year licenses for SLOW-PCFighter to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank them for that.

SLOW-PCFighter is a Registry repair program which “uses the most advanced technologies available” to analyze PC errors and – as the name suggests – speed up a PC which has become slow.

From the author:

SLOW-PCfighter seeks out and removes all unused entries in your Registry from failed software, driver installations and faulty un-installations and optimizes Windows startup.”

To read more about SLOW-PCFighter, and my review, click here.

And the lucky winners are:


Winners, congratulations! Check your e-mail (you may need to check your Junk folder) for your license key – Subject line: SLOW-PCFighter License winner. Again, I thank the folks at SPAMFighter for making this giveaway possible.

[NOTE: luisc, your mail delivery failed. Please provide me with a valid email address within 24 hours. I will give the license to another random entrant after that time.] The lucky consolation winner is:

Have a great weekend folks!

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September 24, 2010 Posted by | computers, Internet, News, social networking, tech | , , , , | 10 Comments

Harry Potter Movie Is Going To Fail


$100,000,000 cash

It would appear that the latest”Harry Potter” movie, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” has earned $107 million in its first three days in U.S. theaters; and judging by the fact that people are still waiting to see it due to sold-out showings, it will probably make some more $$$ before its 15 minutes in the spotlight have passed.

It would also appear that the movie is being mentioned on the Internet just a tiny bit, too…

.. All this in spite of the lame poster..


I have, here in my hands, eyewitness reports of movie theater parking lots being “jam packed”. I understand also that there’s an IMAX version waiting to be released, though those reports I would have to label as “unsubstantiated”.

With a production budget of a quarter BILLION dollars (sheeze, that’s a lot of tacos), and another $155,000,000 spent on marketing (that’s $355,000,000 total) this film is going to lose money in a big way. Sure as I’m sitting here.

Now, I will grant you that the other films did okay. They must have, as this is number 6. And I suppose one should add in the video game sales (yes, EA has made a game for each of the movies..) and other “memorabilia” sales… No. I changed my mind. Not the game sales. Those are a separate thing, and I don’t think they sell.

And.. yes. The film has been praised for its cinematography, visual effects, production design and art direction, improved acting, as well as the darker theme.

But I think six is stretching too far, and the Law Of Diminishing Returns Hollywood Style (known as “One Sequel Too Many”) will catch up with Master Potter just as it did Death Wish, Dirty Harry, Predator, and the Halloween series. (To name just a few.) Hollywood always does that – milk it ’till the well runs dry – and it’s we who suffer (can you say Weekend At Bernie’s II ?).

Nah. They have to make $248 million more just to break even, and that’s not going to happen. We Americans are fickle and have short attention spans, and we’ll be on to other things/fads by Tuesday.

[note: I usually post my humor pieces on Fridays.]

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Today’s free download: Backup your e-mail (called “archiving”) with MailStore Home. “MailStore Home is a solution for people who have a need to backup their e-mails in a straightforward and simple fashion. It works with all POP3 and IMAP accounts, as well as Thunderbird, Outlook, Exchange Server, and Windows Mail.

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