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Tuesday Afternoon (3 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 18-November-2008  15:39:04 (GMT +10) - by matthudson

Dell is refusing to honour sales of a half-price computer. Bargain hunter websites, such as OzBargain, and PC user forums, including Whirlpool and Overclockers Australia, lit up on Friday with word that Dell was offering a $799 Vostro 220ST computer on its website for $240. The desktop computer included an Intel dual-core processor, 2GB of internal memory, 160GB of hard-drive space and a 20-inch LCD monitor. The same computer was offered days earlier, on Monday, for $350 as part of another deal, which Dell also pulled out of.

Online rental company Netflix is phasing out HD-DVDs. Netflix consumers will have one month before the rental service stops renting HD DVDs. Online movie rental company Netflix sent an e-mail to its subscribers informing them they would no longer be able to rent HD DVDs. "Effective December 15, 2008, we will no longer carry HD DVDs," a message to subscribers said. "At that time, we will automatically replace any HD DVD titles in your queue with standard DVDs when available. You don't have to do anything."

Yet another country is censoring Google. Dozens of fashion models and public figures, such as sports star Diego Maradona, are currently at war with Google over how search results are handed out. While the question as to whether or not certain search results should be censored if they contain a person’s name is answered, Argentine Judges have handed down orders to temporarily abbreviate search results. These restraints mean that Google has to censor searches from Argentinean sites that contain the plaintiff’s names.

The co-founder of Yahoo and CEO Jerry Yang is standing down. His departure follows lengthy criticism of his stewardship of the company, which has seen its share price collapse to about $10. Earlier in the year he fought off a hostile takeover bid from Microsoft which offered $33 a share. The BBC was told that Mr Yang made the decision to leave as chief executive officer last month. No names were given as to who will succeed him.

The computer giant Apple is almost 25 years old. To mark the awesome inevitability of January 24, 2009 following January 24, 1984 after exactly one quarter-century, tech pundits will bloviate, Apple-bashers will execrate, and Jobsian fanboyz will venerate the munificence that flows unabated from The Great Steve. The din will be deafening.

With all that experience, you think they'd be able to get it right the first time. If you are one of the early adopters who rushed out to purchase a MacBook/MacBook Pro, only to realize that the new Trackpad was a bit buggy, then you may be in for a treat. That's because Apple just released the much anticipated Trackpad fix for unrecognized clicks.

Jef Raskin, an early Apple entrepreneur, has a vision about future OSs. Imagine you are flying high above a wide plain. Far below, vague rectangular shapes cover the ground in every direction. Swooping down, you find that these are not fields or even city blocks, but words and images. Bold labels are stamped on the ground and flying lower you can make out activity beside each one. Off to your left flow the pages of a report you've been writing, while to your right a newly arrived email is springing up.

And in another look at our crazy world, here are 10 gadgets that have no business using a jet engine. Ever since we started putting high-powered engines into jets, there has been a long line of skilled but misguided lunatics eager to rip them out to use in their stupid and dangerous contraptions. Simply put, we are fascinated by speed—whether it is the latest military super aircraft or a flaming toilet blazing down the road at 110kph. A jet engine attached to anything is sure-fire entertainment—as the following ten gadgets will demonstrate.



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