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Bad capacitors in Dell GX270 and GX280 Optiplex computers...

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ZDNet reports that Dell plans to replace components on some of its Optiplex business PCs but will not issue a product-wide recall, a spokesman for the company said Monday.

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Selling Old Computer Programs a Web of Trouble

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This WCCO-TV article says a lot of people are reselling old computer programs (including activation codes) they have sitting around the house, but they might end up in legal battles.

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Did you get/are you going to get Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith DVD?

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See and hear Star Wars characters in their music videos.

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Two Star Wars' official articles (#1 and #2) mention rendered two music videos with Star Wars characters.

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"Independent" -- A cool stop motion music video.

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Independent (direct download to the 19 MB QuickTime video file) is a stop motion music video for a rap song (just turn down the volume and enjoy the video if you don't like rap).

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With pumpkins, white is the new orange.

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Blue's News mentions a CNN story on eerie white pumpkins -- naturally white, not painted -- are finding their way into more and more homes this Halloween season. The albinos are called ghost pumpkins, snowballs, luminas or Caspers -- presumably a reference to the friendly ghost. And the ones about the size of a baseball? Baby Boos.

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Vending Machines Sell IPods to Go

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PC World reports shop-in-box featuring players, digicams, and snacks are appearing at airports, malls nationwide. That includes Apple iPods.

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There goes his new big screen TV in the water.

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Yahoo! News shows a photograph of a group of people stealing stuff from the store.

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Why Are Vendors Still Using WEP?

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Broadband Reports mentioned Glenn Fleishman's Wi-Fi Networking News story. He wants to know why vendors (Nintendo DS, Kodak EasyShare-One, etc.) are still shipping product with WEP encryption when it has been made very clear it is about as secure as moist tissue paper.

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Ant's Top Viral Videos & Ads Picks for 10/16/2005

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Viral Videos & Ads posted many new television commercials/advertisements/spots today. Here three that were my favorites and funny:

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Ant's 7 Top Picks for StupidVideos (10/15/2005 Week)

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StupidVideos posted new streaming videos (from television/T.V. and video cameras) this week. Here are the ones to check out:

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Why do-it-yourself photo printing doesn't add up...

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CNET News.com and The New York Times (no registration required) report that even though the prices of printers have dropped up to 30 percent in the last few months thanks to a savage price war, buyers are going to pay at least 28 cents a print. This is if you believe the manufacturers' math. It could be closer to 50 cents a print if you trust the testing of product reviewers at Consumer Reports.

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Annoying Quotes From Sales Clerks Listed

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Yahoo! News briefly report the annoying quotes from sales clerks.

From a poll of shopping mall customers by a retail consulting firm: "Uh, that's not my department." Ever hear that in a store? Did visions of fiendish violence against the clerk flash through your mind? "Not my department" topped the list of Most Annoying Words from Salesperson's Mouth, cited by 29 percent. No. 2? The classic, "If it's not on the rack, we don't have it." That golden oldie was cited by 25 percent. "That's the policy," "I'm on a break," "Ask the person over there," "I'm new here," "You'll have to wait your turn" and "The computer is down" rounded out the list.

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FedEx/Just In Time -- A Flash Clock

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FedEx/Just In Time is a Flash clock that uses famous FedEx boxes and hands. Neat idea.

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If Parks Offer Free Internet, Why Can't Costly Hotels?

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In Joe Sharkey's New York Times article, he rants about the free and high prices between parks and hotels. The pricier the hotel, the more likely you are to pay an extra fee to check e-mails from the room,

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New Car Smell: Don't Inhale

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FiringSquad mentioned a 13WHAM-TV story (also USA Today) on the new car's new odor that can be harmful. According to a recent study, that pleasurable scent has been linked to harmful chemicals--volatile organic compound or VOC--which releases chemicals from glues, paints, and vinyl.

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How much Apple is making off its iPod Nano and who supplies its parts...

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BusinessWeek Online reports that researcher iSuppli took a look inside the iPod Nano to find out how much Apple is making off it and who supplies its parts.

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A computer mouse, not the rodent type...

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StupidVideos posted a funny television commercial/spot/advertisement of a new mouse in town to use online. Darn newbies!

Hey, is that Mousey?

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Alternative Uses For an iPod Nano

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The Joy of Tech! shows other alternative uses for the new iPod Nano beside audio stuff.

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