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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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Dell tired of sticker mania from Microsoft and Intel

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This Ars Technica article reports the stickers (e.g., Intel Inside, Centrino Mobile Technology, Designed for Windows XP, Mobile Graphics by ATI, etc.) placed on computers and laptops by the major OEMs are not only irritating to some users, but apparently Dell is tired of the branding game, too. Why might Dell object? The king of computer mass production says that the time it takes to put all of these various stickers on products is a bottleneck in their operations.

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To buy or not to buy: The quandary of warranties...

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CNET News.com and The New York Times report that in the crowded, often confusing world of extended service warranties, ambivalence is common. Such product "accessories," as some sales representatives call them, are available for cell phones, home office machines, washers and dryers, exercise equipment, televisions--in short, everything from $9,000 stoves to $20 DVD's.

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Banks Abandoning SSL On Home Page Log-Ins

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InformationWeek reports that some of the biggest banks have abandoned the practice of posting their online account log-in screens on SSL-protected pages in an effort to boost page response time and guide users to more memorable URLs, a U.K. Web performance firm said Tuesday.

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New and (Not) Improved

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The Boston Globe says newer equals better according to the world's vendors of home electronics gear, and billions of us have believed them. Yet most of these new gadgets don't work any better than the gadgets they replaced. Often, they're worse.

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Lust of Bust -- A Web Flash Game

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Lust of Bust is an amusing Flash game where you have to stare a woman without being busted.

I only got halfway with 26 seconds left.

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Top 10 dot-com flops...

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CNET did a top 10 dot-com flops list. The most astounding thing about the dot-com boom was the obscene amount of money that was spent. Zealous venture capitalists fell over themselves to invest millions in Internet start-ups; dot-coms blew millions on spectacular marketing campaigns; new college graduates became instant millionaires (albeit on paper) and rushed out to spend it; and companies with unproven business models executed massive initial public offerings (IPOs) with sky-high stock prices. Of course, we all know what eventually happened to this world. Few of these companies actually made enough money to recoup that cash, and when their investors fled to the hills, these start-ups died dramatic deaths. These are the celebrity victims of the new-economy bust.

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Robert Hilburn Interviews Music Elites

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DMusic mentions Robert Hilburn's Los Angeles Times Calendarlive.com interviews with the nation's top music insiders on their opinions on the biggest music stars.

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LCD Specs: Not So Swift

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Yahoo! News reports Laura Blackwell's PC World article on the LCD pixel response times, that is supposed to make scrolling, video, and games move more smoothly, that vendors quote aren't particularly useful for comparison shoppers. The lack of standard specifications for measuring pixel response time means that vendors can choose from different ways of reporting--or not reporting--response time. "For the consumer who's trying to make sense of this, it's really a case of buyer beware," says Rhoda Alexander, director of monitor research at the electronics-industry research firm iSuppli.

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Tattooed Fruit Is On Way

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The New Yorks Times (no registration required) says a new technology being used by produce distributors employs lasers to tattoo fruits and vegetables with their names, identifying numbers, countries of origin and other information that helps speed distribution. The marks are burned onto the outer layer of the skin and are visible to discerning consumers and befuddled cashiers alike. The process, government approved and called safe by the industry, may sound sinister. But it was designed with the consumer in mind: laser coding could mean the end of those tiny stubborn stickers that have to be picked, scraped or yanked off produce.

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TV Commercial: Her Hair With The Sleeky Shampoo

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StupidVideos has a nice television/TV commercial/advertisement/ad/spot of a gal with nice black hair. [grin]

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