Note as of 9/26/2013 5:25:25:25 AM PDT: The web site is still having permanent(?) technical problems (errors, user accounts [e-mail if you want an account], search engine (use Google's with key word(s)), automatic feeds (e.g., Reddit), etc. Blame the rodent. ;)

Web site staff members (please remove AQFL to e-mail: Ant(Dude) (front end and 99% poster) and Mousey (administrator)). Use public Disqus for everyone to post and see moderated comments and feedbacks. And yes, Ant's English sucks (want to be the copy editor/proofreader?). Note that some non-AQFL links might have offensive/gross contents, annoying advertisements/ads. (use a blocker!), etc.

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The Institute for Backup Trauma -- A funny 6.75 minutes commercial for LiveVault's product.

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The Institute for Back Trauma (Flash required to view the streaming video) is a a hilarious 6.75 minutes commercial/advertisement for LiveVault's product. Don't forget the third button at the end. ;) Oh, and you need humor and know computer basics to like this one.

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Will America's favorite technology really go dark next year?

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MSNBC reports television as we know it may end at exactly midnight on December 31st, 2006 depending on the outcome of discussions in Congress. That's the date Congress targeted, a decade ago, for the end of analog television broadcasting and a full cutover to a digital format. If enforced, that means that overnight, somewhere around 70 million television sets now connected to rabbit ears or roof-top antennas will suddenly and forever go blank, unless their owners purchase a special converter box. Back when the legislation was written, New Year's Eve 2006 probably looked as safely distant as the dark side of the moon. But now that date is right around the corner and Congress and the FCC are struggling mightily to figure out what to do...

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At NASA, Some Call Him 'Nostril-Damus'

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ABC News' story says George Aldrich has worked at NASA for 30 years doing a single job: According to him, he might be described as the agency's super sniffer, master sniffer, chief smeller, or even its 'Nostril-damus.' Aldrich smells everything that goes in the space shuttle to make sure it isn't nauseating. After all, you can't just open a window once you're in space.
"Astronauts could actually get sick from being subjected to obnoxious odors," Aldrich said. Just ask the Russians. They had to abort a mission in 1976 because of some hideous stench. If only they'd had a "nasal-naut" like Aldrich.

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A funny "leet" hacker IRC log...

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In this Broadband Reports security forum thread, PhoenixDown posted a funny link about a pissed wannabe hacker who didn't know what 127.0.0.1/local host was. Be warned there are bad words in the IRC log (translated from German to English). It's funny!

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Crazy young people think they can grow M&Ms.

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FoxTrot posted its funny color cartoon for 4/24/2005. It plants vs. candies and old generations vs. young generations.

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Worth1000's Doctored Photographs: Rejected Transformers 4

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Worth1000's current doctored photographs theme is on "Rejected Transformers 4". Basically, it is transforming toys nobody would want. There are only 16 entries. Some of them are not bad and funny.

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Wally, from Dilbert, with his e-mail and computer issues.

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This Dilbert cartoon shows the similiar dilemmas that most computer users and I face often. Yeah, this post took a while due to this crappy dial-up modem connection!

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20 years later, New Coke and other marketing fiascoes.

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Shacknews posted this MSNBC story about the New Coke, rabbit jerky, clear beer, the eight-track tape, Ayds, etc. that were marketing goofs -- products that seemed like good ideas at the time.

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Job prospects bright for grads: Class of 2005 to find better pay, but few bonuses.

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TimeOday's /. forum reply, to Interest in CS as a Major Drops story, mentions a CNN's article that says college students who are earning their diplomas in 2005 are more likely to find a job and earn a slightly higher salary than their counterparts a year earlier. This was according to a report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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A funny TV ad with a new carpet...

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Compfused.com has a funny television/TV commercial/spot/advertisement of a new carpet with something under it. Oops! I still don't know it is an

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Retro Junk -- Hey, I remember that (1970-1980 kid stuff)!

This is mainly for the old farts who were kids during the 70s and 80s like me. Retro Junk is a Web site that contains a nostalgia filled look into our past in the 1970s and 1980s. There are television commercials, movie trailers, theme songs, articles, message board, and a writers' corner.

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E-mail destroys the mind faster than marijuana according to a study.

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Grifter (remove AQFL to e-mail) shared a Register article (mirrors: #1 and #2) about how modern technology depletes human cognitive abilities more rapidly than drugs, according to a psychiatric study conducted at King's College, London. And the curse of 'messaging' is to blame.

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Star Wars: Chocolate MPire Trailer & TV Spot

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Spaceman Spiff instant messaged (IM'ed) me a video clip link of M&M's Chocolate MPire's trailer (1 minute and 42 seconds; Direct downloads: MOV (6.2 MB) and WMV (6.7 MB; found this myself)).

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Dogbert on technical support with a computer lockup issue.

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Dogbert tries to help a customer with a computer lockup in this funny Dilbert cartoon.

A co-worker replied to my instant message (IM), "That is ironically accurate." So, true!

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Mystery of unpopped popcorn is discovered.

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Scientists say it has to do with optimum hull structure according to MSNBC's story. Popcorn is a variety of corn, Zea mays everta, having hard kernels that burst to form white, irregularly shaped puffs when heated. It's long been known that popcorn kernels must have a precise moisture level in their starchy center -- about 15 percent -- to explode. But Purdue University researchers found the key to a kernel's explosive success lies in the composition of its hull. It turns out there is an optimal hull structure that allows kernels to explode, and leaky hulls prevent the moisture pressure buildup needed for kernels to pop.

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A security guru wants access to bug databases.

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ZDNET UK reports a Cambridge academic and security engineering professor Ross Anderson argues that empirical analysis of software bug records will prove whether open source code is more secure than closed source, and show the true value of techniques like peer review and extreme programming (XP).

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The History of the Batmobile

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As a fan of Batman series (all generations), this site was interesting to visit. The History of Batmobiles contains the data on the Batmobiles a few years ago while the Spencer (remove AQFL to e-mail) trying to research a model project he was working on (you can visit my scale model site here). He discovered that there were very few reference guides to the Batmobile, and none of them covered the complete history of the car. Many focused only on a single generation (such as the Futura Batmobile), or they covered a particular genre (TV, cartoons, movies, etc.). As Spencer collected information from all of these sources, he decided to put together his own history of the Batmobile.

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Video: A laptop thief is busted by a professor in lecture class.

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FiringSquad mentions Boing Boing's link (watch the video one to see the professor's anger) of a someone getting busted in class for stealing a professor's laptop/notebook.

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A scary view clip from inside of a Boeing 767's bad landing during a storm...

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FiringSquad mentioned a link (direct download of the 3 MB WMV video file) that shows a scary video clip showing a Boeing 767's bad landing during a storm.

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Allergies on rise, a 25-year study shows.

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As I expected, this CBC News story says people, who have been suspected seasonal allergies, are becoming more common. Now some tissue samples confirm the 25-year trend to more sneezes and itchy eyes... In each decade, the number of samples testing positive for allergies jumped nearly five per cent, the team reported in this week's issue of the British Medical Journal -– a smoking gun showing the increase in allergies.