Posts Tagged ‘Nintendo’

Hackers’ Next Victim: Nintendo

June 8, 2011

On Sunday, June 5, 2011, it was reported that Nintendo Co. had been hacked.  The security breach on their network was not as severe as the one on Sony’s PlayStation Network.  Hackers were not able to obtain any sensitive information, nor have the attacks caused any damage to internal systems that would inconvenience their customers in any way.  The latest attack has raised questions over who exactly is responsible for hacking these online servers.

Nintendo is the latest victim in a string of high-profile attacks on its servers and network, which should serve as a wake-up call for other companies to bolster security defenses on their own computer network.Unlike many security breaches which are done anonymously at the hands of obscure hackers, the group who took public responsibility for hacking Nintendo is called LulzSec.  LulzSec has claimed responsibility for hacking other websites, as well, including some of the Sony websites.  LulzSec stated on Twitter: “We’re not targeting Nintendo…we sincerely hope Nintendo plugs the gap.”  The group also confirmed Nintendo’s claims that no important customer data was lost in the breach, stating, “we [sic] just got a config file and made it clear that we didn’t mean any harm.  Nintendo had [sic] already fixed it anyway.”  The recent string of security system breaches serves as a wake-up call for other companies to bolster security defenses on their own computer network.

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Joie Montoya

The winner of the “Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway” contest!

April 19, 2010

Please retweetOur company conducted a “Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway” contest that ended on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 11:59PM, California time.

I am very pleased to announce that the winner of our contest is Staisha Flescher-White of Maryland!  Congratulations, Staisha!  The Nintendo Wii is on its way!

Thanks to everybody on Facebook and Twitter (and both) who participated in the contest.  If there was any hard part to the objective drawing, it was pressing the “Generate” button at RANDOM.ORG 47 times, a prime number I chose by adding 9, 10, 11, 12, and 5 while staring at the clock the night of the contest.  Yes, a random number on my part.

We will have a new contest in the future with a new prize up for grabs.  Again, thanks for your participation!

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Francis M. Unson

Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway contest ending soon!

April 12, 2010

Please retweetWith just a few more days before the end of our first contest, co-founders Rick and I created a video to let others know that they still have time to send their entries.

Admittedly, I haven’t edited a video in a few years, so please bear with me.

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Francis M. Unson

Wii Sports Warm-Ups, Part 3: Bowling

March 8, 2010

The third blog in the Wii Sports Warm-Ups series involves Wii Bowling and the muscles involved in the real-life version of the sport.  The seemingly fewer muscles and warm-ups required prior to bowling does not preclude the sport from any form of warm-ups, especially when athletic activity requires some warming up.

Wii Sports Warm-Ups, Part 3: BowlingPrior to playing a game or two of bowling, a person should warm up the muscles and joints in their throwing arm.  Recreational bowlers and glove-wearing seasoned bowlers alike should focus on warming up their wrist since much of the energy released when throwing a bowling ball goes through there.  Additionally, the bowler gathers energy during the follow through and approach to the foul line, so warming up the biceps and triceps is also necessary.

Wrists

Biceps and triceps

Long-time bowlers can suffer from repetitive strain injuries (RSI), affecting the chest, shoulders, upper arms, and upper back.  The following exercise can help lessen the possibilities of such injuries.

Shoulder mobility exercises

On a side note, if you sit in front of a computer at work all day, or blog or Tweet all day, the aforementioned exercise is very useful for rejuvenating you during breaks.

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Francis M. Unson

Wii Sports Warm-Ups, Part 2: Baseball

March 4, 2010

The second blog in the Wii Sports Warm-Ups series involves Wii Baseball, with a discussion about the muscle groups involved in playing baseball, including the muscles involved for batting and pitching.  Even though Wii Baseball does not involve running around the baseball diamond, the discussion does include the leg and lower body muscles involved.

The second blog in the Wii Sports Warm-Ups series involves Wii Baseball, and discusses the muscles, warm-ups, and conditioning involved.Batting and pitching

Arms
The proper pitch occurs in six stages: wind up, stride, arm-cocking, arm acceleration, arm deceleration, and follow-through.  The primary muscles on either side of the upper body involved in the arm movements of batting and pitching include the following:

Pectoralis Major

Posterior Deltoid
Teres Major
(diagram only)
Latissimus Dorsi

Abdominals
In order to become a consistent batter, working out the abdominal muscles is essential since batting involves a powerful twisting motion during the swing.  Batters must concentrate on strengthening the following abdominal muscles:

Leg Strength
Why is leg strength important in batting?  The batter pushes off the ground with his legs prior to swinging the bat, drawing all of the energy that goes into the full swing.  Developing the necessary leg strength requires strengthening the following:

Calves

Quadriceps

Hamstrings

Groin

Even though most of the running done by actual baseball players takes place when they run around the baseball diamond, retrieve a fly ball infield, or run after a ball outfield, people should understand how doing running drills helps increase speed and efficiency while also maximizing the potential hamstrings and quadriceps muscles.

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Francis M. Unson

Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway!

March 2, 2010

Nintendo Wii GiveawayWe at Flower Blossoms would like to thank the bloggers, Facebook fans, and Twitterers who have supported us on our endeavor to provide social media marketing services to the local businesses in our community since January 15, 2010.  To show our gratitude, we are having a “Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway!”  We will pick one winner at the end of the contest run and announce it on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter!

How to enter the “Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway!” contest on Facebook:

  1. Become a Fan of Flower Blossoms by going to the Flower Blossoms’ Facebook Page.  Log in first if necessary.
  2. Click on the Wall tab, then click on the “Become a Fan” button.
  3. Once you are a Fan, write “Nintendo Wii Giveaway!” on the Wall.  This is your entry for the contest.  You may enter the contest once every 24 hours.

How to enter the “Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway!” contest on Twitter:

  1. Follow us on Twitter.  We will follow you back as soon as possible.
  2. Send the following as your Tweet so we can track your entry:
    __@FlowerBlossoms >> Nintendo #WiiGiveaway Contest << Please RT to enter to win a Wii! http://bit.ly/bvqOSm

One more thing: If you write an entry in your own blog or website about our “Nintendo Wii Giveaway!” and post a link to that entry below as a reply, the total number of your contest entries from Facebook and Twitter will count for double!

Contest notes

  • We will use the services of RANDOM.ORG to determine a winner.
  • Only one Wall post and/or one Tweet contest entry per day.
  • If you have an account on Facebook AND Twitter, you may submit one contest entry each on BOTH sites per day.  This is the only daily multiple entry allowed.
  • We will contact the winner on Friday, April 9, via PM on Facebook or DM on Twitter.
  • Contest ends on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 11:59PM PDT!
  • Due to popular demand, and the upcoming April 15 deadline on which tax returns are due here in the United States, we are extending the contest an extra week! That’s right, we’re ending the contest at exactly the same time as your tax returns are due!
  • The contest now has a slightly longer name, too: Tax Day Nintendo Wii Giveaway!
  • You now have until Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 11:59PM PDT to submit your contest entries to Facebook and Twitter!
  • We will contact the winner on Friday, April 16, via PM on Facebook or DM on Twitter.  Good luck!

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Francis M. Unson

Wii Sports Warm-Ups, Part 1: Tennis

March 1, 2010

Nintendo launched the Wii across much of the globe in 2006, starting with the United States and slowly making its way to different countries.  Prepackaged with the Wii was a copy of Wii Sports.  Within the first few weeks of the Wii’s launch, however, doctors and physicians began seeing a rise in Wii-related injuries and sprains (nevermind the “injuries” inflicted on television screens due to poorly secured Wii Remotes or Nunchuks).  The medical field found that, unlike the strains resulting from repetitive activities such as typing or excessive video game playing on a traditional controller, the injuries were alarmingly similar to sports injuries suffered by athletes in their respective sport.

Regular Wii Tennis players risk suffering similar injuries as do tennis players in real life, so warming up the target muscle groups used most often by real-life tennis players will help lessen the risk.The following series of blogs focuses on how to warm up for Wii Sports, beginning with Wii Tennis.  Undoubtedly, the transfer of knowledge that makes one a great Wii Tennis player does not necessarily transfer into real-life tennis.  However, regular Wii Tennis players still risk suffering similar injuries as tennis players do in real life, so warming up the target muscle groups used most often by real-life tennis players will help lessen the risk.

Clicking on a muscle group or stretch method below will lead you to a YouTube video demonstrating how to warm up and stretch that particular muscle.

Target muscle groups

Quadriceps

Hamstrings

Pectoralis Major

Latissimus Dorsi

Deltoids

Biceps and triceps

Rectus Abdominis

Neck Flexors

Neck Extendors

Whether you are playing a virtual game of tennis in Wii Sports or a real-life game, you should do the warm-ups and exercises presented in the videos above in order to prevent short- and long-term injuries that could sideline you from the game for weeks or even months.

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Francis M. Unson

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