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Shop-Till-You-Drop Specials, Revealed Here First (Black Friday 2005)

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The New York Times (no registration needed) and CNET News.com say Michael Brim, an 18-year-old college freshman, is abruptly pulling back the curtain on the biggest shopping day of the year. His Web site, BF2005.com, publishes the circulars for what retailers call Black Friday -- the day that officially starts the holiday shopping season - weeks ahead of time. The Web site even shows scanned copies of advertisements.

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A funny sale sign of a region free DVD player.

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Gizmodo has a funny photograph taken from the Asia on a special DVD player sale.

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Can You Still Build a P.C. for Less?

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This Yahoo! News story says a conventional wisdom once stated that building your own personal computer (P.C.) was more than just a way to create your perfect computer. It was also a lot cheaper than buying a finished system. However, in recent years economies of scale have overturned this truism, making it nearly impossible for the average individual PC builder to beat a big vendor's price when it comes to a basic desktop system...

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El Edwards, the voice of "You've Got Mail"

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El Edwards, the voice of "You've Got Mail" is a Web site on the famous America OnLine (AOL) voice sayings. There are wavs, order forms (to make custom sayings), a brief biography, Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.), links, etc.

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2 Prank Videos: Waterbed Prank and Carl's Jr. Trashcan

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StupidVideos posted a lot of new video clips this week. Here are two Ant's favorites, that are pranks, to mention and see:

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Experts say U.S. Disaster-Free Zones Hard to Find

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According to this ABC News article, experts say trying to escape catastrophic weather in United States/U.S. is a little like trying to escape from, well, the weather. Short of building a new Biosphere, it is nearly impossible to completely avoid quakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, or heat waves...

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Totally Absurd Inventions: America's Goofiest Patents!

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Totally Absurd Inventions Web site explores the funnier side of our inventive spirit by featuring actual United States of America/U.S.A. patented products. Obtaining a patent is a costly and time consuming process. Inventors must have unstoppable faith in their vision in order to realize their dream of acquiring a patent.

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10 Ways to Please Us, the Customers

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The New York Times (no registration needed) suggests, to electronics makers, the ten commandments for good designs and make customer satisfaction. The brief list says:

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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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