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Cloudscout's Avatar Picture Cloudscout – December 16, 2007 07:55PM Reply Quote
"What do you mean $500 for a black-and-white 5-inch portable TV set? My brother-in-law can get it for you wholesale!"

stan adams – October 31, 2008 10:14AM Reply Quote
Ultimate "failed installation" device at sellout.woot.com


rino – October 31, 2008 11:05AM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
I like woot:
One Day You Will Pay For What You Did, Meltzer

“Ralph, you look so sad! What is it?”
“Aw, Pete, it’s… well, you remember Maggie?”
“The woman you met at DragonCon?”
“Yeah! Last week she came over, and we were talking about Kirk and Picard, and I said that if Kirk was on the SDF-1 he would have been able to get them home faster and in better condition so that the later Protoculture invasion would have failed, but Maggie said that Picard, in the same situation, would have negotiated a treaty with Breetai that allowed the Invid access to Monument City and so made it easier for the Expeditionary Force to directly attack the Masters.”
“Ralph, I have to say, I have no idea what any of those words mean.”
“It means we were getting along great until she wanted a drink and all I had were a couple of Capri-Suns!”
“I understand that part, Ralph. What you need is a Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Espresso Maker!”
“Pete, you know I can’t afford that! The Ranma½ lithograph collection goes on sale this week!”
“It’s okay, Ralph. This Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Espresso Maker is refurbished, so it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. And don’t worry if you’ve never made a complex coffee drink recipe before. The Thermoblock heating system will force you to have a reasonable, average cup of coffee each and every time, no matter how hard you practice!”
“So I just grab some instant coffee and pour it in?”
“Oh, lord, no, Ralph! You wouldn’t put your tsurugi on a wakizashi stand, would you? A good coffee drink requires a well ground, well roasted bean! Too bad we won’t have any of those for sale here today!”
“But they’d have them at my local coffee shop, right?”
“Now you’re thinking, Ralph! And you know who works at a coffee shop in town?”
“Maggie! Oh, Pete, maybe this year I’ll finally be able to cosplay The Elongated Man with a Sue Dibny at my side!”
“Yeah, really, you might as well be speaking Latin to me now.”
“It means thank you, Pete! Thank you so much!”
“Oh, well then! Don’t thank me! Thank the Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Espresso Maker! And good luck, Ralph!”

tomierna (Admin) – November 01, 2008 12:42AM Reply Quote
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woot.com has the Acer One for $289. JWill, should I buy one for Mac OS X featherweight?

Tell me soon, before it's gone!

John Willoughby – November 01, 2008 02:03AM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
If you WANT a Mac OS X featherweight, then YES NO (see EDIT)! I love mine. No sleep, no auto-switching of audio output, no card reader support, keys are small (but not impossible to touch-type on). Some windows (Photo Booth) are larger than the screen. You'll need to swap in a new wireless card to use Airport. Make sure that you're getting one with a hard disk. The ones with the 8 GB solid state drives are not great for OS X.


I just looked at it; it's got the 8GB SSD and the three cell battery (maybe 2 hours of life). I wouldn't get one of those. There are hard disk models that come with a 6-cell battery that are far superior, and list for $400. They're hard to find now, and unscrupulous folk are marking them up, but when the supply steadies I would expect the prices to be fairer. You should also add memory to it; it involves virtually taking the machine apart, but there are excellent instructions for it.

I should add that the only other netbook I've had is the first eeePC, and I never got OS X working well on that one. So I may not be objective about the wonderfulness of the Aspire One.

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 11/01/2008 02:14AM by John Willoughby.

tomierna (Admin) – November 01, 2008 02:19AM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
Thanks, JWill, I'm a gonna pass.

bahamut – November 01, 2008 08:38AM Reply Quote
how do you deal with lack of sleep? seems like deal breaker to me.

stan adams – November 01, 2008 08:42AM Reply Quote
Red Bull, baby, Red Bull!

tomierna (Admin) – November 01, 2008 11:42AM Reply Quote
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Baha, if you're asking how I can stay up late, I've always been a night owl.

I despise mornings, but I wake whenever I need to. When I'm on show, the call times are usually early mornings, and the cuts are sometimes very late. Not to mention the whole time zone thing for many of our events.

I really have tried not to get into any specific routine, except for sleeping in when I can.

Last night, I went to sleep at 3:30am, and woke up at 10:30am, so I'm getting almost the prescribed 8 hours.

John Willoughby – November 01, 2008 12:14PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
I think he meant my comment of "no sleep" with respect to OS X on the Aspire One. I always shut my Macs down when I am done with them. The marginal increase in wear and tear and the reboot time means little to me next to the instability I always seem to experience after sleeping and waking my Macs.

tomierna (Admin) – November 01, 2008 04:10PM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
Oh, gotcha.

What distribution of OSX86 are you running? Kalyway? The new Boot-132 from retail disks?

John Willoughby – November 01, 2008 04:33PM Reply Quote
Cyberdyne Systems Customer Support
iATKOS 4.1. There are some very detailed and specific instructions on getting it running on an Aspire One. If you want the specific links, let me know.

stan adams – November 11, 2008 06:34PM Reply Quote
Apple redid the "refurb" portion of the site and merged it with the 'clearance' stuff.


Very smart, it lets Apple have a classy way to sell some things at a bit lower price point without giving the subsite the stink of "beware of falling prices"...

Cloudscout – November 16, 2008 03:35PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
I have a $40 reward certificate for Circuit City (from my credit card). I went to use it today and their systems were down which prevented them from accepting it (or any gift cards either, they said). The Circuit City website is also down right now. I just got the certificate on Friday and was going to try to use it right away in case the bankruptcy thing made them worthless (like the Sharper Image cards ended up when they went tits-up). I hope I'm not already too late.

Madaracs – November 18, 2008 06:32PM Reply Quote
Ooh! Scary! Scary! Don't we look mean? You can't see me! But I can see you!
The Cheat is grounded!

Cloudscout – November 19, 2008 12:32PM Reply Quote
Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlige klær!
By the way, it's a Woot-Off.

bahamut – November 21, 2008 08:31AM Reply Quote
Well, that's why they want out of business. Ass-clowns. Ha! Let the Gideon's trumpet play.

ddt – November 27, 2008 09:58AM Reply Quote
this from my friend jen (jen@aidandabet.org):

"Hi All - As many of you know, my father recently passed away. I've been charged with organizing and selling some of his computer equipment.

Attached is a list of stuff I have available. The prices listed are half what I found the items listed for online, but if you made an offer I would probably take it. You would have to pay shipping from 44077. You could pay via paypal or check. I would like to ship the items on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

If you have any questions about the items let me know, and I'd be happy to provide digital photos if you want them.

**All items, unless noted, have all the necessary cables and/or power cords.

**We have a lot of computer cables, audio cords, power cords, etc. If you need something, just ask.


NEC AccuSync LCD7v, approx 15” - $50


Dell Desktop, running Windows XP, Intel Pentium 4 CPU, 2.00 GHz., $200
RAM:? I think the C: disk is a Maxtor STM 3200820A which when I looked online could have as much as a 200GB capacity, but don’t know what the D: disk is
Samsung CD-R/RW SW-248f
Sony DVD RW DRU-830A
Iomega Zip Drive 250


Epson Stylus Photo 1400 with installation disk $125
with 4 new print cartridges (various colors)

HP Color Laserjet 2600n, $100

HP Deskjet 5550 with Installation disk, $40


Dell Inspiron Laptop 1100, $50
RW DVD Drive
Belkin Wireless 54 Mbps Adapter

Macintosh Powerbook 1400, free to a good home
With Floppy drive and DVD Drive


Netgear Wireless 54Mbps Print Server with 4 port Switch WGPS606, $10

Belkin USB 4 Port Pocket Hub For PC W/10.5 IN Cable Gry/Slv/Blk Slvs, $5

Lynksys Network Storage Link for USB 2.0 Drives with Installation Disk, $25


Dell SK-8110 Keyboard, Free to a good home

4 misc. mice (ask for details), Free to a good home


Iomega Zip 250 Drive – USB Powered with installation disk, $25

Iomega Zip 250 Drive, $25
Similar to above, but not USB powered

Iomega Clik! PocketZip Dock For PCMCIA Drive W/ Pwr Cable Pwr Supply & USB Cable, $15

Iomega Clik! 40 MB PC Card Drive for PC Laptops with storage case, $5

Zio Smart Reader, $5

Lexar Cardreader/Writer, $5
Amazon: $14.99


Brand new (still in the box) Zenith Digital TV Tuner DTT900, $70

Scientific Atlanta Explorer 3100, Free to a good home
HD Receiver for televisions

Recoton RF Modulator V647, Free to a good home

Texas Instruments TI-36X Solar Scientific Calculator, Free to a good home
The old version of this:

Casio Hand-held color television, TV-970, Free to a good home

El Jeffe – November 27, 2008 10:01AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Please remind her to clear all data as needed.

ddt – November 27, 2008 10:10AM Reply Quote
good idea -- thanks!


El Jeffe – November 29, 2008 07:40AM Reply Quote
What a journey.
22" LCD $99 (after rebate)



Snatched me one. That's about as cheap as I imagine one will be able to find a 22".

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