“Facebook is down…U.S. climbs out of recession”
It’s now officially autumn! Yesterday saw us roll into the new season and brought us ever closer to the inevitability of winter, and of course, Christmas – which is now less than 100 days away! I love summer as much as the next person, but once the weather has turned and the nights start to draw in, I do look forward to the long winter nights and of course the optimistic hope of snow! With that festive and seasonal jibber-jabber out the way, let’s get onto the good stuff!
It’s been two weeks since we went live with the new blog format, and the interaction we’ve seen via comments, emails and the voting tools has increased considerably! In fact, the votes cast on last weeks poll looks set to ensure that I will have to tackle the gut-busting 5,000 calorie fry-up – with over 60 votes cast and 70% in favour of the video challenge. Unless we see a drastic turnaround in public opinion, expect me to give it a go in the next week or so!
It’s been another interesting week in the dabs offices. Staff shortages have been rife – with the year’s first cases of Flu taking some people down for a few days, and Sam – our Social Media Guru – swanning off around Eastern Europe. So it’s been all hands to the pump to ensure the dabs.com site is still packed with the latest deals and offers! Matt, Mike and Michelle now known as “The 3 Marketeers”, have ensured that’s all the emails as well as other online and offline marketing has been covered; while the product management team have been delivering deals ready for the build up to the end of the month!
This week is your last chance to be the extra cog in the well-oiled dabs.com marketing team machine! We are giving you the next few days to pitch in ideas to help name our blog via the Facebook discussion page. Don’t forget the winning entry will bag a £350 Sonos Zoneplayer S5. Easy as peas!
Speaking of Facebook – and referencing this week’s blog header – who experienced the Facebook downtime yesterday? I’m disappointed in Zuckerberg to be honest – in the same day he’s announced as being more minted than the man we all love to hate (Steve Jobs), he forgets to pay his server bill! No matter what happened over at FB HQ, Twitter went ab-sol-utely MENTAL! Every 10 seconds the term “facebook” was being mentioned over 75,000 times! I watched some of hilarious tweeting unfold, and picked out a few of my favourite tweets about the outage that rocked the modern world…drumroll please!
1) BREAKING NEWS: Facebook is down. Worker productivity rises. U.S. climbs out of recession.
2) @al-Qaida: #facebook is down. Not sure if we did that, but we should claim credit anyway. Hitting the infidels where it hurts, etc.
3) Facebook is down which means 9 months from today, many children will born.
4) Facebook still down. Farmville animals resorting to cannibalism. Farmville players resorting to evaluation of their own lives.
5) This just in: Twitter has graciously donated an emergency shipment of fail whales to Facebook.
6) Facebook users are roaming the streets in tears, shoving photos of themselves in people’s faces and screaming ‘DO YOU LIKE THIS? DO YOU??’
7) Facebook is down? I need to post a status update about this. Oh, wait…
8) I keep poking Facebook, but it just lies there.
Facebook is live again now – panic over.
In The News
Last week we brought you the news of the new IE9 browser BETA and its promising early reviews. Since then I’ve given it a little go, and I have to agree, it is a vast improvement – but I am gonna stick with Firefox and Chrome for now…not to say I wont be tempted when the final version lands!
This week saw the launch of the long awaited Components @ TechRadar section! If you haven’t already seen it, its dabs-tastic – as a result of our partnership with the guys over there. If you’re not familiar, you need to get involved, as TechRadar have news and reviews from across the technology arena. We think that their move into having this specific Components @ TechRadar section can only be good news for dabs and customers alike.
Finally, in dabs news, we have just launched the voting form for next month’s Dabs Diamond Awards ceremony. The annual event – which takes place in Manchester next month – celebrates your favourite manufacturers of computing, components and the latest technology. We need you to vote for your winning brands in each of the following categories. The winners will be announced on the evening and online. The first two years award show videos can be seen on our YouTube Channel.
Last week we informed you that the LaCie Wireless Space 1TB and 2TB NAS products were available for pre-order. Since then, they have come into stock – get your hands on one today! The new Zotac Z-Box Mini-PC with BluRay pre-order alerts last week seemed to whet your appetites – I’ve had a few enquires and some pre-orders too! Make sure you get yours at launch by ordering today.
Just yesterday Kingston announced their “SSD range for road warriors.” The new SSDNOWV+180 range of high performance solid state drives for ultra-portable 1.8 inch devices are now available to order on dabs.com in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities. The new range further expands the access to quicker boot times and data access for the most mobile amongst us!
A few weeks ago we mentioned that a promotion was about to go live on a range of Intel processors and motherboards. This week the Intel R.U.S.E. offer went live and now you can claim a free download of R.U.S.E. when buying selected CPU’s – as well as a free Limited Edition Kit that includes a Water Bottle & Mouse Mat when bundling with a selected Intel motherboard. Check out the promotion page for more details.
It’s the last few days to get involved in our £2,000 Free Game Download giveaway – all you have to do is spend over £200 on Motherboards, Processors, Graphics Cards, Hard Drives and Memory on dabs.com and you can claim – take a look!
DING DONG DEALS! (Sponsored by Leslie Phillips*)
In the last edition we gave you the chance to get £10 off and “Win A Dualie” if you purchase the Buffalo 1TB (2 x 500GB) LinkStation Duo before the end of September. That offer still stands until September 30th, and as well as automatically going into the draw, you can also still get £10 off the product by using the voucher BUFFNAS754 at checkout!
While on the subject of Buffalo, I also want to draw your attention to the two DriveStation Duo External Desktop hard drive deals we’ve brought in this week. The 1TB is now under £90 and the 2TB creeps under the £120 mark. These drives are feature-packed and won’t be around for long at these prices!
The brand new Samsung 2TB SpinPoint EcoGreen internal hard drives just landed in stock and are available now for £80.99 – Dunc’s Deal readers can get them this week only for under £80! The new drives use the latest 667Gb platter technology on 3 platters which uses 24% less power than old 4 x 500GB platter drives!
For those after external storage there hasn’t been a better time to snap up this Seagate 2TB Expansion desktop with this Dunc’s Deal special of £5 off – now just £84.98 with this link. If NAS is more your bag, then the LaCie 1TB Network Space (usually £89.99) can be yours with £5 off by using this link. Not only that but we have just taken stock of the LG N2R1 2TB NAS With built-in DVDRW, the new price is £209.99 – which is over £40 off already – but Dunc’s Deals customers can use this link to get an extra tenner off! DING DONG!
Take advantage of these exclusive offers while you can – spread the word about the blog offers and let me know about when you mention the blog online as you WILL bag yourself a freebie!
‘SPOONS FOR LUNCH ANYONE?
Well another blog comes to its inevitable conclusion – not just because I’ve said enough but because we are heading to Wetherspoons for lunch! It’s dress down day again and the Burger and Beer combo down at Westhoughton’s own Robert Shaw ‘Spoons can’t be ignored! Those in the know will realise we named our ‘Spoons after our most famous export – he appeared in loads of films including 1975’s Jaws! School yourself!
That’s it, I’m heading off to chat to the Multiplay guys over on their forum this afternoon, where the chat has been top banana this week – from Graphics to 3D to SSD with plenty of banter and looking after them with some exclusives! Take a look at the Multiplay Hardware section sponsored by Dabs. Drop your comments, enjoy your weekend and check back next week for more!
*not really – just love the catchphrase