Top 10 Buzzblog posts of 2009

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From a typo dropping Sweden off the Internet to Twitter being called a job qualification by Best Buy, the year 2009 here on Buzzblog offered an unusually wide range of wonder and weirdness. Here are the top 10 posts based on the number of eyeballs that landed on them.

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No. 10: Say so-long to Sweden

No. 10: Say so-long to Sweden

We're talking about a typo, essentially, yet it was enough to result in the temporary disappearance from the Internet of almost a million Web sites in Sweden -- every address with a .se top-level down name. Oops. See story.

No. 9: "We\'re going to need your usernames and passwords"

No. 9: "We're going to need your usernames and passwords"

Say what? …. Well, officials in Bozeman, Mont., found themselves inviting widespread scorn and ridicule for insisting that job applicants cough up their usernames and passwords for any social networking sites or online forums in which they participate. See story.

No. 8: Welcome to The Takedown Hall of Shame

No. 8: Welcome to The Takedown Hall of Shame

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has taken aim at those corporations and individuals who abuse copyright claims to stifle free speech. The EFF's weapon of choice: public shame. See story.

No. 7: Hey, guys, they\'re kicking our butts

No. 7: Hey, guys, they're kicking our butts

Gentlemen, you know how irritating it can be when your wife or girlfriend is doing a tap-dance all over your dunce cap during a game a Trivial Pursuit? Well, this was that times the Internet. See story.

No. 6: No, you cannot close your account

No. 6: No, you cannot close your account

LendingTree.com apparently takes customer-retention policy seriously; so seriously, in fact, that a fellow can have a heck of time trying to part company with the company. See story.

No. 5: Google ran out of bandwidth?

No. 5: Google ran out of bandwidth?

What we really had here was a failure to communicate … and that failure chased a report of Google's bandwidth deficiencies halfway around the globe before the real story got its pants on. See story.

No. 4: A butt-hinge with butt straps? Microsoft?

No. 4: A butt-hinge with butt straps? Microsoft?

The question had gone unanswered since Dec. 14, 2006: "Why does the maker of Windows hold a patent on a door hinge?" Now, thanks to the inventor's grandson, we are able to put this mystery to rest. See story.

No. 3: Fact-checking the fact checkers

No. 3: Fact-checking the fact checkers

Snopes.com has long been the place to go on the Internet to find out whether something is fact or fiction. But who's checking on Snopes? FactCheck.org did and the Internet's best-known BS-detector came through that exam the picture of good health. See story.

No. 2: 40% of geeks are slackers

No. 2: 40% of geeks are slackers

The Slashdot poll asked a single question: "How many hours do you REALLY work each day?" (The emphasis, added by Slashdot, is critical here.) Counting the 10% who do not work at all (unemployed, part-timers, retirees, the independently wealthy and cannily slothful, I presume) a full 40% report really toiling fewer than four hours per day. See story.

No. 1: Tweeting now a job qualification

No. 1: Tweeting now a job qualification

What kind of a company would consider fluency in Twitter-speak a condition of employment? Welcome to Best Buy. While this post generated considerable ridicule of Best Buy's hiring practices, the stipulation was more reasonable than many were willing to grant. At least that was my take. See story.