After being placed on administrative leave on April 18, 2011, Systemax today said it has accepted the resignation of Gilbert Fiorentino as Chief Executive of the company's technology products group. Fiorentino was under investigation for "anonymous whistleblower allegations" in relation to the company's Miami operations, though Systemax, which sells computer parts and other electronics through its TigerDirect, CompUSA, and Circuit City subsidiaries, never said exactly what those allegations were.
Given that Intel's Atom processor is nearly ubiquitous with netbooks, it's fair to say the world's largest chip maker has a vested interest in seeing the netbook sector survive the emerging tablet era. To make sure that happens, Intel put its AppUp store in the hands of CompUSA, TigerDirect, and Best Buy Canada.
The AppUpSM center has nearly 2,000 free and paid apps to play around with running the gamut from social networking to gaming, productivity, travel, and the like. And just as Microsoft did with games for Windows Phone 7, all apps in the AppUpSM center include a try-before-you-buy feature.
Big name PC repair shops don't need any more bad publicity, but they're getting it anyway courtesy of a pretty embarrassing SNAFU by CompUSA. Here's what happened.
According to CBS News in Chicago, a woman named Kymberli Mulford entrusted the CompUSA in Hoffman Estates with removing a nasty virus on her system that she believed was causing it to shut down. Around the same time, Karen Davis took her PC in to th same store for repairs. CompUSA purportedly took care of both issues, but they also installed Mulford's files on Davis's PC. Oops!
"It was everything, pictures of her kids, notes, and emails," Davis said. "Even what meds her kids were taking, just very personal stuff."
Davis did the right thing by getting in touch with Mulford to tell her what happened, but now Mulford fears her data could have been loaded onto other machines too.
"All of that information is a gold mine for thieves," said Roger Safian, a computer security expert. "They back up all the data first, then they re-install it after they remove the virus, and that could be how they ended up making this mistake. They re-installed one person's data to the other person's machine."
According to CompUSA, the tech and his supervisor were fired because of the incident.
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Maingear this week announced its new F1X Gaming PC series, a line of high-performance systems available exclusively through TigerDirect.com, CircuitCity.com, and CompUSA.com (all Systemax subsidiaries).
"We're excited to partner with Tiger Direct to offer even more gamers the unparalleled performance, meticulous craftsmanship, and premium customer service that comes with every Maingear PC," said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of Maingear. "Our partnership with Tiger Direct allows us to bring our message of quality computers and customer service to a new audience, with new ways to acquire a Maingear system including Bill Me Later."
The F1X series is being made available in three different configurations, including the ultra high-end F1X 750. This flagship model packs an Intel Core i7 975 processor overclocked to 3.6GHz, 12GB of DDR3-1333 memory, dual ATI Radeon HD 5870 videocards, an 80GB X-25M (second generation) SSD, 1.5TB Western Digital hard drive, a 6X Blu-ray buer, 22X DVD burner, closed loop watercooling, 1000W Silverstone power supply, and Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. As a top-end unit, it also commands top dollar to the tune of $5,149.
The F1X 500 (Core i7 950) and F1X 200 (Core i5 750) takes things down a notch and sell for $3,100 and $2,250, respectively. You can view their configurations here.