Can Using Facebook Be Hazardous To Your Marriage?

Some researchers in the UK believe that Facebook can be hazardous to married people. They cite the fact that one in five people who are currently filing for divorce are citing Facebook as the cause of the breakup. It seems that some are actually having virtual love affairs on Facebook with people they have not actually met. Suspicious spouses are also searching the Facebook site looking for evidence of flirting and even online affairs.

According to one source it states:

“The most common reason seemed to be people having inappropriate sexual chats with people they were not supposed to.”

Flirty emails and messages found on Facebook pages are increasingly being cited as evidence of unreasonable behavior.

Computer firms have even cashed in by developing software allowing suspicious spouses to electronically spy on someone’s online activities.

One 35-year-old woman even discovered her husband was divorcing her via Facebook.

Last year a 28-year-old woman ended her marriage after discovering her husband had been having a virtual affair with someone in cyberspace he had never met.

Amy Taylor 28, split from David Pollard after discovering he was sleeping with an escort in the game Second Life, a virtual world where people reinvent themselves.

I personally find this ridiculous. These people shouldn’t be married in the first place. Obviously they do not love each other, but if they do, have no respect for their spouse or themselves. How can anyone have a cyber relationship with someone? What’s next, cyber sex?

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Xbox 360 Failure Rate Is 54.2% – Is It Really That High?

I know that the Xbox 360, which is made by Microsoft, had a high failure rate — but could it really be as high as 54.2%? This is what one gaming site states was the result in its survey of some 5,000 gamers. The Consumerist is quoting the survey as being fact, and adds the following information to the article:

The poorly manufactured, red ring of death-prone console has a 54.2 percent failure rate, compared to 10.6 percent for the PS3 and the Wii’s 6.8 percent.

The magazine surveyed nearly 5,000 readers to get the data. And while the 360’s rate is alarmingly higher than the others, it’s still bafflingly low because it blows the mind to imagine that 45.8 percent of the consoles have not broken. Also, Microsoft’s numbers are inflated because 360s are used the most of the three consoles. Results said 40.3 percent of 360 owners use the console three to five hours a day, compared to 37 percent of PS3 owners. Meanwhile, the plurality of Wii owners (41.4 percent) play their consoles less than an hour a day.

Microsoft also seized the gold medal for unhelpful customer service, taking nearly a month to repair or replace a console, while Nintendo and Sony stuck closer to a week. Only 37.7 percent of Microsoft customers found the company’s customer service was “very helpful,” compared to 51.1 percent fo Sony and 56.1 percent for Nintendo.

The most shocking number from the survey — and frightening from a consumer perspective — is only 3.8 percent of Xbox 360 owners said they’d never buy another Xbox because of hardware failure.

Now before I go on, let me say that I do not own an Xbox 360, but do own a Wii, which has been problem free. We also bought a Wii for two sets of grandkids without any issues. I don’t have a clue as to the validity of the story, but maybe some of you can share your experiences with us, whether good or bad.

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Linux Laptops Are Returned 4X vs Windows

In a recent news article, a survey completed by MSI indicates that Linux laptops are returned more than 4 times  as often compared to Window machines. The problem had been recognized by MSI early on, but they were reluctant to discuss the problem. MSI now states the following:

According to MSI’s U.S. sales director Andy Tung, “We have done a lot of studies on the return rates and haven’t really talked about it much until now. Our internal research has shown that the return of netbooks is higher than regular notebooks, but the main cause of that is Linux. People would love to pay $299 or $399 but they don’t know what they get until they open the box. They start playing around with Linux and start realizing that it’s not what they are used to. They don’t want to spend time to learn it so they bring it back to the store. The return rate is at least four times higher for Linux netbooks than Windows XP netbooks.”

That’s significant, and a little scary: A pocket of Mac enthusiasm notwithstanding, Windows now dominates the market so heavily that many people are afraid of change. It’s hard to fault them. Though OpenOffice and Microsoft Office share 90 percent of their DNA, it can be a little daunting when commands aren’t exactly where you expect them to be. And the various Linux OS flavors themselves can take considerable getting used to. Even locating files and figuring out where the programs you need are can take a lot of work.

Many of the newer Netbooks will now come with Windows installed instead of Linux, so these numbers should decline. But this points out one very important difference between Linux and Windows. Window user don’t like using an OS they struggle with or need to learn. :-)

What do you think?

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Canadians Protest High iPhone Rate

Our Canadian neighbors to the north are up in arms to what they feel are extremely high rates they will have to pay to use an iPhone from Apple. Seems that there is only one official, Apple approved company called Rogers that offers services which do seem high at $115 for the fastest speed. In a letter to Steve Jobs the protesters state:

Dear Steve,

My name is James and I would like to thank you for creating the wonderful iPhone device. We really think that you will change the world with it, just as you changed the world with the iPod. We were so happy to learn that on July 11th, we would finally be able to buy the iPhone and legally use it in Canada.

To our great disappointment, Rogers Communications Inc. has announced VERY unfair rates in comparison to AT&T in the United States and to other authorized wireless service providers around the world…. (link)

In addition Rogers has a 3 year contract which is longer than what is offered in the US and UK. Hopefully Apple will be able to pressure Rogers to rethink their rate plan and contract length, which does seem excessive.

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Internet Changes Coming Soon – Net Regulators To Make Changes

It took six years in the making but the Icann, the group that regulates the Internet, has approved an overhaul on domain names. The overhaul will allow companies to use their own brand names and not be saddled with .com, uk, or others. Icann also is going to allow Asian, Arabic and other script as well. In a recent article it states:

“We are opening up a new world and I think this cannot be underestimated,” said Roberto Gaetano, a member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann).

Others believe it could begin to bridge the digital divide.

“At the moment, there are one-and-a-half billion people online and four-and-a-half billion people for whom the Roman script just means nothing,” said Emily Taylor, director of legal and policy at Nominet, the national registry for .uk domain names.

“This is a huge step forward in the development of the internet – it will unblock something that has prevented a lot of people getting online.”

 Individuals will be able to register a domain based on their own name, for example, as long as they can show a “business plan and technical capacity”.

I recall a time when someone could hold hostage a .com name and demand a huge hunk of cash for it. Hopefully this will end when the new regulations start in 2009.

So what do you think of this idea? Is the Icann trying to get changes made for domain names going to help or hinder the way we use the Internet.

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Whenever I’m about to spend money or time on something, I usually like to scour the Internet for some unbiased reviews so that I can get an idea of what I’m in for. It can be nice to be surprised by something in a good way, but since that doesn’t always happen, you’re probably better off if you take the time to do some research. One of the things that I don’t like about most review sites is that they require users to post reviews straight to their services, and this really prevents you from knowing how credible a person is. Anonymity can be abused, and that’s not news to anyone. The approach that LouderVoice takes is different and refreshing.

Instead of having to hand your reviews over to LouderVoice for publication, you can actually take advantage of their functionality that enables you to post the reviews on your own blog in a certain way, and in turn, they’ll track them. In this way, researchers are getting recommendations from the blogosphere instead of a service. The content that people post on their blogs is very important to them, and this approach helps to weed out the false reviews. The community can then use LouderVoice to search through these collected reviews and rate them.

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What initially started out to be a small list of personal contacts has quickly grown into an unkempt mess of names and numbers. When you meet a lot of new people, you quickly develop an extensive contact list, and if you don’t have a method of keeping track of that list, then you’ll lose track of who that person was that you met at that party six months ago. Even worse, you may have a ton of business cards from new contacts, but if you’re like me, if that information isn’t recorded digitally, then it’ll be lost and forgotten before too long. No matter who you are, you should have a way to keep track of contacts on your computer, and myContactDetails provides one.

You should know that this isn’t the best contact management solution out there, and even though it lacks a lot of the extra features and is fairly generic overall, this is exactly the type of service that some people are looking for. Entering and organizing information about your contacts is simple yet powerful. Users can also tag, rate, and import/export this contact information in a variety of formats with ease.

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