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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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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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