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not wooting

http://www.woot.com/Forums/ViewPost.aspx?PostID=3011712I’m disappointed with Woot. Last night I was checking on the Woot-Off when they put up the ultimate product: a screaming, flying Woot monkey with a desert camo cape and hood. That’s really cool, but they decided to bundle this with a much less practical item: a pair of USB-powered Woot-Off lights. While that monkey should’ve been worth $3-$4 tops, the bundle they created sold for $10 (before $5 shipping).

That’s not cool, Woot. There are some shrewd consumers that visit your site daily, and they can recognize when you’re just trying to palm off your crappy, worthless decorations by including an irresistable monkey. I mean, I’ve bought some Woot monkeys before, and I’d do it again, but you’ve got to bring the quality, man.

another study break

I can’t help but think it’s funny when Taco Bell places a trash can in the drivethrough line before you even get up to the first window, complete with an extension making it easy to place trash inside, and I still see someone litter a car-length away from it. I mean, who has that much animosity toward the environment?

I’m overdosing on vitamin P right now. Turns out, you can get vitamin P supplements, if you like wasting cash. No one is deficient in vitamin P, mainly because it’s not a vitamin – vitamin being defined as an organic molecule necessary in small amounts for metabolism that we cannot synthesize ourselves in adequate quanitites. You’d be better off healing your troubles with Smeckler’s Powder.

I just think it’s humerous when people find molecules and name them as vitamins, and then they turn out not to be vitamins at all. Call me old-fashioned.

Have you ever wondered if your apartment smelled weird? Sometimes it’s easy to notice when you first come home, but after being there a while you become indifferent to it. I wish they would hurry up and invent the smellophone so I could call a super-sniffer and get her to tell me how rank my place is.

Break over. 🙁

it’s like a book for your net

For those who aren’t necessarily “tech-savvy,” trends in the computer industry might seem wholly unimportant, but everyone loves saving money. For that reason, the “netbook” fad is potentially game-changing, particularly for those who continue to sit near monstrous (and boisterous) computer towers. Despite apparent benefits, is this glut of cheap, low-power computers really good or bad?

It all started with ASUS’ Eee PC, a product line that now spans over 10 small notebook computers. The idea was to produce a dirt-cheap machine (supposedly $199) running either Linux or Windows XP for use with basic tasks, like word processing and web browsing (hence the term “netbook”). It was targeted toward the average consumer. Now, less than a year later, the Eee line is bloated and many competitors are arising with alternatives.

But they aren’t all delivering what they should. At the present, the least expensive Eee PC is $299, and models range up to $599. These all have the kind of hardware that would allow someone to pull up a spreadsheet or watch a YouTube video, but abilities are limited beyond that. Of course, none of these small laptops includes a graphics card.

The problem is this: companies are spending millions on research and development and “racing to the bottom,” as a Sony exec stated earlier this year. But it’s not just “netbooks” – all of the major computer manufacturers are gravitating toward computers in the $600-$900 price-range, delivering what they think the people want. As they do so, the companies’ profits fall and less time is spent developing truly capable machines. The result is an abundance of low- to mid-range devices and fewer and fewer innovative, powerful computers.

Still, I fail to see who would actually buy a “netbook.” Its use as a secondary computer seems unwarranted, and only the most modest user would find it sufficient for all of his needs. Perhaps these “low-cost” alternatives to real computers will die by the roadside and will have served only to lower the price of more functional equipment. Or perhaps they will gain more and more power and stabilize in price, killing manufacturers but benefiting the consumers. Time will tell.