You log into Facebook and you have a birthday reminder for one of your "friends." The name doesn't ring a bell and the profile picture isn't helpful. Someone you knew in high school who got married, maybe? You have no idea.
Your criminal record gets wiped clean the moment you turn 18, but every idiotic screenname and angst-ridden Xanga remains in perpetuity. GOOD had a few online journalists (including our own Mat "emptyage" Honan) share their first handles, to amusing but mostly harmless results.
The NYT's got a dandy writeup of seven tech perks that you should eschew in favor of saved cash: oversized megapixelage, pointlessly fast CPUs, and as our dear Matt Buchanan hits, unneeded TV screen size. But how do you skimp?
I once considered myself in possession of a pretty good natural compass. It was nice. But now I have Google Maps in my pocket, and have a hard time imagining how I'd function without it. Are you lost without GPS?
We spent some time last night figuring out when you should go ahead and friend your parents on Facebook, but did you? And what about your brother, your sister, your aunt, your in-laws... where do you draw the line?
Over at io9's Facebook page, we asked if people were going to see the new re-release of James Cameron's Avatar, with the nine extra minutes of footage. The response? An overwhelming shrug. As Prince-Toddy English put it, "If nine minutes were edited they were cut for a reason." What do you think? Are you stoked to see…
Three months ago I couldn't imagine a life without my iPad's big beautiful screen. Today, I am living that life, having ditched my iPad for the iPhone 4, almost completely. What the shit.
So, Apple has a press conference about the iPhone 4 tomorrow. What do you think they're going to do to make good on the faulty antenna issue?
So the prices of Kinect games might be pretty high, and it's not entirely clear whether or not the hardware will come bundled with a game. Just how much are you willing to spend on Microsofts new peripheral?
The new iPhone OS4 just dropped today, allowing people with an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch to update their devices. But man, this has taken a lot of us here forever. My 3G is on hour 3!
3D and motion gaming. Two stupid things that I don't want, yet both have millions of dollars and major electronics companies behind them, meaning they're not going away anytime soon. Which is worse?
AT&T's servers have made preordering a new iPhone from either their website or Apple's pretty much impossible this morning. Did you have any luck, or have you been frustratedly repeating the same couple steps over and over again?
So, Microsoft unveiled the further capabilities and launch titles of the newly-rechristened Kinect today. Did they sell you on it?
OK, so the details are all out in the open, so the $10 million question is this: this summer, would you rather buy an iPhone 4 or an HTC Evo?
That HTC Evo 4G looks to be one monster of a phone. It's got essentially everything us serious nerds are always clamoring for, and it's the first WiMax phone to boot. So, do you want one or what?
AT&T has killed off its unlimited data plan, which seems really terrible for consumers. But then I checked my actual data usage and found it to be much lower than I expected, which will end up saving me $15/month.