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Confessions of a photocopier repairman during Christmas sesasons...

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CNET News.com reports that photocopier supplier Canon is warning customers to take better care of their office equipment during the Christmas period. It claims that the festive season traditionally leads to a 25 percent hike in service calls due to incidents such as the classic backside copying prank.

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Nicosphere 3000 for Smokers

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Dislike smokers? So do I! Nicosphere 3000 is the answer! Plus, smokers look dang cool with those helmets. They look like astronauts! Don't forget to check out its television commercial! I think I should order these for friends, relatives, and co-workers who smoke.

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How to tame an inflated entertainment budget...

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CNET News.com says you probably spend more on entertainment than you do on groceries, clothing or gasoline.

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Information Technology Workers Are Worst Dressed Employees

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/. reported Sydney Morning Herald's story that said Information Technology (I.T.) workers were dubbed the worst dressed corporate employees. Help-desk staff were named as the worst offenders, followed by those working in technology start-ups, many of whom had continued to wear T-shirts to work as a consequence of the casual web culture of the '90s. The internet is now such a massive industry but people haven't caught up in terms of their dress.

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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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