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Their Friends Call Them The Shack

posted Saturday Aug 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Their Friends Call Them The Shack

We all know RadioShack. Most of us in the technology world have even worked there at some point in our careers. In the PLuGHiTz World, that is how most of us ended up working together here (in fact, all current hosts of PLuGHiTz Live! Radio once worked together at a RadioShack). The image of the company has stagnated over the past decade or so. Despite several branding attempts, RadioShack still conjures up images of batteries, cordless phones and resistors to most people.

HDTV is the T-H-I-N-G!

posted Saturday Aug 8, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

High definition televisions are finally starting to take over households in the United States! A recent report has shown that the sales of HD televisions have skyrocketed in 2009. Only 35% of consumers owned a HDTV in 2008, but this number has increased 51% (or 18% of the population) this past year, totaling 53%. More than half of U.S. households own a HDTV!

The number of HDTV owners using HD services also showed a 13% increase in the past year. Another area showing strong growth in sales, are large screen televisions-32 inches and larger, increasing 6% in 2009. HD televisions have by far increased the most in sales compared to other electronic such as PCs, Cell phones, DVD players, and video game systems.

ESPN is Anti-Internet

posted Saturday Aug 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

ESPN is Anti-Internet

Social networking seems to be a polarizing subject. Until just a few weeks ago, I had resisted the trend, but recently activated a Facebook page. PLuGHiTz Live! recently started using Twitter. On the other hand, several NFL teams have banned their players from using Twitter at all.

Following in the footsteps of the NFL, ESPN has banned their staff from using social networking sites in general to discuss anything ESPN or sports related. The New York Times writes:

Chinese Teen Killed Over Internet Addiction

posted Saturday Aug 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Chinese Teen Killed Over Internet Addiction

A few weeks ago we told you that China was ending its use of electroshock to treat Internet Addiction. It turns out that is not the only thing they use to "treat" this problem. A 16-year-old boy was killed at a camp in Nanning by three supervisors who beat him to death.

The family of the student is obviously outraged, but not just over the fact that their son was murdered by camp officials. The parents said,

10 Days to Salvation

posted Saturday Aug 8, 2009 by Scott Ertz

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a retired soldier and videogame hater, has suggested once again that violent videogames and television are the reason the country is falling apart. The good news is that he has a solution: a mandatory 10-day "detox" period by students. He encourages schools to impose this policy as part of the general education process.

Part of his presentation involved an "FBI consultant's study of 19 juvenile mass murderers that found violent video games were the only thing the teens had in common." Obviously, this is not correct. You and I can sit here and name things they have in common all day, and we don't even know the people in question. To me, this negates the premise, and therefore the response.

Also, what is with this detox thing? Does anyone really think that after a 10-day media blackout that your life will be changed forever? Or is the idea to show people that being secluded from the world is the right way to live your life? Either way, it's a pretty view of the world.

Anyone want to try this out and tell us how much better your life is afterwards?

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