TechSpot Weekly: Join us on Facebook + giveaway

By on August 9, 2010, 5:42 AM
During the weekend I was able to attend a few pending matters on the development side of things, one in particular that will become evident to you is the implementation of the ubiquitous Facebook 'Like' button in certain sections of the site. Hopefully we've done so in a way that doesn't feel intrusive and that makes sense to you whether you want to share a news story with your friends or simply because you want to express your approval toward a certain topic or product. I'm often the first to ignore this kind of thing, and thus the reason we haven't gone beyond the usage of our subtle share button until now, and yet I couldn't resist 'liking' a TV show I love, my alma mater's football team or one of my favorite tennis players.

Long story short, if you are a Facebook user, you will find the Like buttons handy at the end of our news stories and reviews. We also have a Facebook group that we'd like to have you joining. In fact, we are going to throw a little incentive (free netbook, anyone?) if you like us on Facebook and then post a message in this forum thread to confirm you want to take part in the giveaway.

As mentioned last week, we successfully launched The Tech Exchange, our brand new Buy/Sell/Trade forum section that is limited to TechSpot regulars only. Those of you who can participate will be rewarded with another giveaway, in this case a MSI X-Slim X340 laptop.

Before wrapping up I also wanted to mention a review in particular that is still in the works. For the past few weeks Shawn has been testing three gaming desktop PCs in the $2,000 price range. Acer's latest Predator system will go against two equally powerful solutions from boutique manufacturers Puget and Maingear. We are pretty enthused about this review as we expect to produce more content related to complete systems in the near future.

Off-topic #1: Football fans, Madden 11 is almost here.
Off-topic #2: Any UFC fans out there? I've come and go as the fights got boring at some point for me. However, I've been watching the last few events and more often than not it's the less prominent fights that I find overly entertaining.




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Razerblade said:

I would like to opt in on this competition. thanks.

Cueto_99 said:

I never started a monday morning with a giveaway from my favorite site! Count me in! Thanks

natefalk natefalk said:

i like you... count me in for the free netbook. TechSpot = #1;

LinkedKube LinkedKube, TechSpot Project Baby, said:

+1 for me, my friends will deal with my techspot updates rather they like it or not. A netbook would be nice.

FLHR said:

Count me in as well, a netbook would be better than a kick in the A__.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

And me!

drnknbuds711 said:

well a free netbook would be a perfect way to start the week, thank you

GonchuB GonchuB said:

I could make a really good use of a netbook at the moment.

fish4specs said:

i'll throw my hat in the ring. HP 705us gettin a little long in the tooth. 1 GHz + 352MB ram getting a little tough to deal with even just surfin.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I'm a liker too!

Hey - speaking of reviews, not that I'd like a personal review or anything (wink, wink...), but I don't think you guys have done any case reviews/comparisons. I'm doing a new build in the next month and spotted this new case by NZXT - the "Phantom." If you guys could get your hands on one, would be great to see a review on it.

[link]

Modena said:

I want to get in on this, count me in. That little net-book could be useful.

viperpfl said:

Madden 11 is almost here but again not for the PC.

NdnTech said:

I would like to be in the netbook contest please.

Afroaggie said:

I would "Like" to be included as well.

highlander84 said:

Yes, I "Like" I think I was the 2nd person to Hit "like" this morning then I came back and read I need to post here saying id "like" it haha thats funny.

Richy2k9 said:

hello ...

already check the forums, liked the FB & will try to find something for sale ...

i'm in

cheers!

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Ok, so I already like TechSpot, but now since I've "liked" you on Facecrack, I guess it's official?

Anywho, throwing my hat into the ring too. I can always find something to do with a netbook.

ceejay949 said:

Count me in. This is good.

Renegeek said:

Giveaway, count me in. Thanks techspot.

dixiedoll4evr said:

sure would beat this old,has seen better days,laptop.count me in

elroacho72 said:

UFC, I like the a new guy Big Country Roy. Even when he lost in 117 it was entertaining.

I do agree the fights that lead up to the main fight are usually more entertaining to me as well. Thanks TS

Kr4zi4ur0mg said:

I would love to take part in the giveaway. Sign me up!

franxalot said:

Hadn't seen you on Facebook--glad to know you're here. Read your column every time it comes in my E-mail. Keep up the good work. -Frank

franxalot said:

Of course I want to enter the contest!!!

huang63 said:

I like the netbook. Count me in please.

Thanks.

drasho said:

count me in =)

azulejo said:

Became an instant fan of Techspot as soon as found it, & I'm often sharing little gems of info from it.

The netbook would sure be nice !

fluffylad said:

i'd love to take part in the giveaway too, thx! johnTCR

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I would like to counted amongst the entrants as well

Maox2 said:

Great new additions. Count me in!!

Guest said:

Yo, I would love to join in the competition to win the giveaway! Yay!!! Count me in!!!!!

WinXPert WinXPert said:

count me in too!!!

chansavel said:

I frequently surf facebook site. I'll vote you there TechSpot and tell everyone about your useful work.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

....[ ]...one in particular that will become evident to you is the implementation of the ubiquitous Facebook 'Like' button in certain sections of the site. Hopefully we've done so in a way that doesn't feel intrusive and that makes sense to you whether you want to share a news story with your friends or simply because you want to express your approval toward a certain topic or product. I'm often the first to ignore this kind of thing, and thus the reason we haven't gone beyond the usage of our subtle s...
The "Like" button on "Facebook" has become associated with certain "malvertising" exploits. I'm not certain whether I read that here, or in PC World Magazine.

In any event, there should be nothing to fear here at Techspot, since we have a battery of malware removal experts, always at the ready to, "volunteer" for its removal, (gratis, of course).

For myself, I already have a fairly new, quite serviceable laptop, and I do not wish to prostitute myself, or appear as a hypocrite by opting into a contest predicated on anything to do with the Facebook social networking site.

Therefore, without regret, I insist you do NOT include me in this giveaway..

On a lighter not, I never win anything anyway, so opting in would most likely be a pointless excercize in futility

Leeky Leeky said:

@Capt.

In fairness you could have "exercised" your right not to comment.

I never win anything either, but I do now own a MSI laptop, won via TechSpot... Go figure!

As the famous quote goes... "You have got to be in it, to stand a chance of winning it"

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

@Capt.

In fairness you could have "exercised" your right not to comment.

Well yes, I suppose that I could have. But that would have deprived others of valuable, (and truthful), information. Sort of a "wikileaks" type of conundrum, now isn't it?

I never win anything either, but I do now own a MSI laptop, won via TechSpot... Go figure!

Well, you just can't say that anymore, can you? Since if you do, you'll be lying.

As the famous quote goes... "You have got to be in it, to stand a chance of winning it"
This is the sort of drivel the state lottery commission uses to pick people's pockets. I think the most appropriate response to that, "famous quote" is this "famous quote, "a fool and his money are soon parted company".

And if the quote is so, ""famous", you should cite the originator. (Credit where credit's due, and all that). Besides, inquiring minds want to know. Oh well, no harm, no foul I suppose, it was probably some overpaid drone from a Madison Avenue ad agency.

I also believe that I was fairly explicit, when I explained I didn't want it. In fairness, I thought I showed a great deal of restraint, by not explaining what I thought would be a better use for it.

I'm trying to refine my writing style to a "kinder, gentler, captaincranky". How am I doing so far?

Leeky Leeky said:

Man, you need to learn when to quit.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Man, you need to learn when to quit.
Are you referring to abbreviating my responses, or the site in general?

Leeky Leeky said:

I see no need to shorten your responses (this is what you mean by abbreviating right?), but my point is sometimes your comments are entirely unnecessary.

They're usually very comical (and believe me, they are sometimes hilarious), and I'd rather read those, as well as your very helpful responses. Having read some of your posts of late, they seem so out of character. where has the sarcastic, funny as hell CaptainCranky vanished to mate?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I see no need to shorten your responses (this is what you mean by abbreviating right?), but my point is sometimes your comments are entirely unnecessary.

They're usually very comical (and believe me, they are sometimes hilarious), and I'd rather read those, as well as your very helpful responses. Having read some of your posts of late, they seem so out of character. where has the sarcastic, funny as hell CaptainCranky vanished to mate?

Please refer to this PC world magazine article; [link] Paragraph 8 refers to security exploits attached to the "Facebook "Like" function.

So, a comment that you consider "superflous", or "I shouldn't have bothered with", could possibly have relevance now that TS has attached itself to Facebook.

Granted experienced forum members may not fall for any of this nonsense, (social engineering), but the nincompoops, transients, and "guests" that pass through here, may not fare as well. That said, I claim that including that info, in this thread, is pertinent. Perhaps not to accessing this function from within TS, but from the "Like" button's use in other venues.

I actually am still quite sarcastic, but modesty prevents me from assessing myself as funny. Sarcasm is a sport that is judged solely on artistic merit, and as such, it also depends on the mood of those judging it, as well as their potential emotion frailty.

As far as contests go; Seagate turned me off to them forever, when they announced they were going to give away 3 crummy HDDs, in celebration of their sales of 1.5 >> BILLION << drives. And yet, there were pages and pages of honey coated, smarny, posts, suggesting that this was largesse, and posters tripping over one another to get to the Seagate website. I found the whole concept rather offensive. Who knows, maybe Seagate was just being, "sarcastic" with that contest, and I took it the wrong way.

In any case, I bought a WD "Caviar Black" 1TB $60.00 @ Best Buy Black Friday, and passed on a Seagate Barracuda for $50.00 @ MIcrocenter, the same day.

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