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Yeah, finally!

Dear Tom's Hardware readers -

Many of you have been following my articles in the last two days about a gentleman named David Free and his macpadd.com site. I've posted three articles at this point, and have fully reported him to the PayPal, BBB, CCB, and RCMP. There will be retribution, and for sure Free will not get away freely for deceiving people and scamming.

However, instead of making the homepage of Tom's Hardware a constant battleground, I've decided to move the updates to a forum thread, which you can find here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/21214-10-david-free-macpadd-thread

Also, I've finally decided to use my Twitter page for actual more real-time updates to this situation. If you want to follow me on Twitter and get updates on this situation with MacPadd.com, you can do so here:

http://twitter.com/blankspace

Also, Jane, Marcus, Kevin and the rest of the Tom's Hardware team are on Twitter too.

On Twitter and in the forums, anyone can say what they wish to say about this situation. But I want to keep the TH homepage looking and feeling clean, comment wise.

Yes, this is an open invitation to David Free: If you want to respond to me and the hardware community, you're more than welcomed to do so! Perhaps you can tweet me that tracking number I've been waiting for.

Anyways, as readers, you can ask me about the situation, ask for more details, or ask about anything else on my Twitter page or in the forums.

Thanks for your support,

/ Tuan

Tuan Nguyen
Director, News Operations

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    matchboxmatt , November 4, 2009 4:54 AM
    All this ragging on David Free on the front page has kind of been unprofessional, so I'd say this is a step towards the better.

    As much as I like the drama, I come here for tech talk, not to watch a man burn his business to the ground and have people push him further over the brink.
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    rcarm , November 4, 2009 4:54 AM
    Finally, a good use for twitter.
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    frozenlead , November 4, 2009 5:05 AM
    +1 to Professionalism
    +1 to Epic Win

    Some may say this is kind of dragged out - but after reading it all and going through his ridiculous site, I think this response is warranted.
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    rcarm , November 4, 2009 4:54 AM
    Finally, a good use for twitter.
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    matchboxmatt , November 4, 2009 4:54 AM
    All this ragging on David Free on the front page has kind of been unprofessional, so I'd say this is a step towards the better.

    As much as I like the drama, I come here for tech talk, not to watch a man burn his business to the ground and have people push him further over the brink.
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    frozenlead , November 4, 2009 5:05 AM
    +1 to Professionalism
    +1 to Epic Win

    Some may say this is kind of dragged out - but after reading it all and going through his ridiculous site, I think this response is warranted.
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    Anonymous , November 4, 2009 5:05 AM
    What has Tomshardware come to?

    As much as I agree that this would be a correct course of action in moving the discussion off the front page, I'm surprised by the amount space it was given in the first place. I have been following this website for a number of years and what started as a professional technical publication and review site seems to have become degraded into the equivalent of a technical tabloid.

    Is this situation that occurred here newsworthy and worth telling the readers? Yes it is. However would it not have been better served by including it as a paragraph in the mouse mat review rather than the 3 or 4 stories that have been published?

    I'm not attacking or supporting anyone here, all I wish to see is the site return to the professionalism that the site once held high in these murky waters of internet publications.

    Farmio
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    frozenlead , November 4, 2009 5:10 AM
    Tom's still does great reviews, and the news section has been here for a while. The news seems to attract more attention then it did in years past, it seems.

    Anyway, though the posts have gone a bit overdrawn, I'm satisfied that it was handled in a calm manner with lots of support - something I think we can all agree that regular tabloids lack.
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    taylorjes , November 4, 2009 6:16 AM
    it was fun while it last... now back to work...
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    sinny1 , November 4, 2009 7:11 AM
    Good luck to Mr. Free.

    p.s damn, I hella thought you were my friend's brother because his name is also Tuan Nguyen, techie looking person, and your writing sounds like his talking too! Anyway, nice to meet you Tuan, I'm Phuc from Sacramento.
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    TemjinGold , November 4, 2009 11:27 AM
    sinny1Good luck to Mr. Free. p.s damn, I hella thought you were my friend's brother because his name is also Tuan Nguyen, techie looking person, and your writing sounds like his talking too! Anyway, nice to meet you Tuan, I'm Phuc from Sacramento.


    Err... HOW do you pronounce your name? :D 
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    Ciuy , November 4, 2009 11:33 AM
    Like i said, thsi is getting out of hand. Good thing it moved
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    liquidblue , November 4, 2009 11:41 AM
    I kinda enjoyed the bashing on the front page. Sometimes a little bit of drama can be very interesting, a break from the norm per say. Oh well, battle on!
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    turboedge , November 4, 2009 12:02 PM
    Hey everybody I found the problem. It takes 37 days to process the order according to the website:

    "MacPadd processes its orders within 37 business days will often arrive at the homes and offices for our US and Canadian customers within 4 to 6 days of the processing of your order. The cost to mail MacPadd to our US customers is approximately $9.00 (USD) and $3.00 (CDN) (plus handling) within Canada."

    How the heck can it take 37 days? I could make one with a hammer and chisel faster then that.
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    alexmx , November 4, 2009 12:07 PM
    It's on b!tch!
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    Parrdacc , November 4, 2009 12:40 PM
    Well I for one am done with this whole thing. Good luck to you Tom's Hardware and all those involved (except Free). It is clear he has no friends here and based on reviews and statements made it is clear to me that ol' Free is just a typical scam artist and the whole "meek" thing shows his level of thinking which is gutter and was not fooling anyone. Now, based on some written reviews and comments even on youtube the word is out.

    Once again good luck and all the best.
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    nekatreven , November 4, 2009 12:45 PM
    turboedgeHey everybody I found the problem. It takes 37 days to process the order according to the website:"MacPadd processes its orders within 37 business days will often arrive at the homes and offices for our US and Canadian customers within 4 to 6 days of the processing of your order. The cost to mail MacPadd to our US customers is approximately $9.00 (USD) and $3.00 (CDN) (plus handling) within Canada."How the heck can it take 37 days? I could make one with a hammer and chisel faster then that.


    Yea a few people have mentioned that...but Mr. Free said 3 to 7 days in one of his emails. I think the 37 days thing was just a typo. Could have actually been an 'out' built into the site, but who knows.

    I'd actually like to hope this fellow isn't the scum of the earth and just make a series of bad decisions, maybe just in a bad time.

    It doesn't change the fact that I wouldn't buy from him (besides my Banshee Pad does fine), I'm just saying you can never know the other end's full story. Maybe his goldfish drowned or something.
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    mlopinto2k1 , November 4, 2009 12:51 PM
    HeadlinePerhaps you can tweet me that tracking number I've been waiting for.
    LOL!
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    doomtomb , November 4, 2009 12:59 PM
    Quote:
    about a gentleman named David Free

    Tuan's even got a sense of humor
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    jrsdav , November 4, 2009 1:16 PM
    That's a shame. These headlines have been much more interesting than most everything else on Tom's as of late.
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    twu , November 4, 2009 1:45 PM
    Where is the professional technical publication? For the past 10 years, the articles start degrading to disput, argument, and personal attacks.
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    the_one111 , November 4, 2009 2:37 PM
    twuWhere is the professional technical publication? For the past 10 years, the articles start degrading to disput, argument, and personal attacks.

    Yep, I can't say I am happy with toms, I may have to leave.


    This is supposed to be NEWS, not your personal blog.. get it right. Tell the story, tell the facts, leave. Not 3 threads and even a forum thread about how you are mad about getting shafted by a douchbag scammer.
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    tester24 , November 4, 2009 2:47 PM
    I would rather read an article on this rather than a prego chick wanting to pop her little demon seed out on webcam.
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