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.
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.
CNET News.com says you probably spend more on entertainment than you do on groceries, clothing or gasoline.
/. 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.
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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Engadget mentions Microsoft released a special edition of Windows XP only in Japan to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first Windows.
Gizmodo has a funny photograph taken from the Asia on a special DVD player sale.
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...
StupidVideos posted a lot of new video clips this week. Here are two Ant's favorites, that are pranks, to mention and see:
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...
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.
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:
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.
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.