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NYC Seizes Designer Fakes in Chinatown Valued at More Than $1 Million

NYC Seizes Designer Fakes in Chinatown Valued at More Than $1 Million

NEW YORK — More than $1 million of counterfeit Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Rolex and Coach goods have been seized in an early morning Chinatown raid by the Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement. The raid Tuesday came after a two-month investigation by city officials in the special unit, which was created in 2006 to crack down on trademark [...]

Stores aren’t allowed to set minimum/maximum amounts or a fee for CREDIT CARDS

Stores aren’t allowed to set minimum/maximum amounts or a fee for CREDIT CARDS

You have probably seen signs like these from mom and pop stores who thinks they're NOT obliged to follow the rules like everyone else. This is a very common practice, even for a franchise of a major corporate chain in college towns where college students are not aware of the policy. "$x.xx minimum purchase with credit cards" or "$x.xx minimum [...]

Stanford Waives Tuition for Middle-Class Students

Stanford Waives Tuition for Middle-Class Students

Morning Edition, February 21, 2008 · Stanford University says it will no longer charge tuition to undergraduates whose parents earn less than $100,000 a year. For students whose parents make less than $60,000, the university will also waive room and board costs. Source

Toshiba to pull the plug on HD-DVD

Toshiba to pull the plug on HD-DVD

Better get rid of those HD-DVDs soon. HD DVD Format on Death Watch Author: THOMAS K. ARNOLD and ERIK GRUENWEDEL Posted: February 14, 2008 The format war has turned into a format death watch. Toshiba is widely expected to pull the plug on its HD DVD format sometime in the coming weeks, reliable industry sources say, after a rash of retail [...]

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Feel free to use this to give to your Valentine. I did. :)

On the run and need an WAV converted to an MP3?

If you send an email to mp3@koolwire.com with your .WAV attached, it will convert that .WAV to .MP3. Here's some more. send email to: mp3@koolwire.com - WAV to MP3 wav@koolwire.com - MP3 to WAV pdf@koolwire.com - Word, Excel, PowerPoint to PDF doc@koolwire.com - PDF to Word, Rich Text Format iPhone@pdfonline.com - Visio, Word (including [...]

Saw this on the freeway today *PIC*

Saw this on the freeway today *PIC*

At first i was like "Oh shit, a bunch of crap is about to fall out" then i got close enough to realize that it was just a badass painting... that's a dog in the bottom left.

NBC’s Heroes not returning until fall

NBC’s Heroes not returning until fall

  Even with strike over, Heroes seems grounded until next season. February 11, 2008 - While the strike looks just about over, Heroes fans shouldn't expect new episodes in the immediate future. The news filtering out seems to confirm that the NBC superhero hit won't be back until this fall, despite writers almost certainly going back to [...]

Netflix picks Blu-ray, good luck renting an HD-DVD soon

Netflix picks Blu-ray, good luck renting an HD-DVD soon

In what can only be classified as yet another crushing blow to the embattled HD DVD camp, rent-by-mail giant Netflix has just announced its intention to only stock Blu-ray titles in the future. Netflix justified its decision by pointing out the fact that most Hollywood studios seem to be converging solely around the Sony-backed format -- a fact [...]

JVC MiniNote XP5230GB next to a Asus eeePC 4G

JVC MiniNote XP5230GB next to a Asus eeePC 4G

Asus use to make a laptop called the s200, also known as the JVC MiniNote or Victor Interlink, which came with a 8.9 inch screen at 1024x600 resolution. Placing a JVC Mininote xp5230 side by side with an Asus eeePC: They're practically the same size, and it was very surprising that Asus didn't go with the 8.9" screen originally, but I guess it all [...]

A hard drive just saved my life!

A hard drive just saved my life!

I'm still kinda messed up in the head about it so bear with me. I was delivering some computers to a small shop in the ghetto of Colorado Springs. I happen to be carrying a box of hard drives. all of a sudden I hear "BLAP BLAP BLAP BLAP BLAP" I hear some whizzing and suddenly, it feels like I got pushed hard! I hit the ground, took me about 3 [...]

Your Bank Account Is Never Really Closed At Bank Of America

Your Bank Account Is Never Really Closed At Bank Of America

From the Consumerist: "Did you know a "closed" checking account is never really closed? Today I walked to the local BofA for the third time to close a checking account that every month seems to magically re-open with a $5.95 account fee. What the manager told me was quite shocking." While checks that come in for a closed account will "bounce," [...]

What Websites are Hosted at this IP?

Using the "Reverse IP Domain Check," you can see all of the other sites hosted on the same web server as a particular domain name. Try it. Linky Linky

Write an Online Bulk Image Downloader Using BASH

Write an Online Bulk Image Downloader Using BASH

So my girlfriend tells me that I need to download several large image files from a photographer's website. I manage her online portfolio/website so I'm used to these types of requests... but this time I was going to find a better way to "leech them all." So anyway, she IM's me the URL for her most recent shoot... I was greeted by a nice default [...]

All blue-eyed humans have common ancestor

All blue-eyed humans have common ancestor

New research shows that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. A team at the University of Copenhagen have tracked down a genetic mutation which took place 6-10,000 years ago and is the cause of the eye colour of all blue-eyed humans alive on the planet today. “Originally, we all had brown eyes”, said Professor Eiberg [...]

Ron Paul Is Right Again

Ron Paul Is Right Again

Of course, Ron opposed the Bush administration's latest police-state powergrab. He said: "Mr. Speaker I rise in opposition to the extension of the Protect America Act of 2007 because the underlying legislation violates the US Constitution. "The misnamed Protect America Act allows the US government to monitor telephone calls and other electronic [...]

TREO 600 and 650 Owners: Possible Class Action Rebate

TREO 600 and 650 Owners: Possible Class Action Rebate

LEGAL NOTICE If you purchased a Treo 600 or a Treo 650 smartphone, you could be entitled to benefits under a class action settlement. A settlement of a class action lawsuit affects you if you purchased, in the United States, a new Treo 600 or Treo 650 smartphone for your own use and not for resale. The settlement will provide either: (a) a cash [...]

Playstation 3 Gets Another PRICE CUT January 28th

Playstation 3 Gets Another PRICE CUT January 28th

$299.99 USD for a Playstation 3 looks like a steal. Rumors are floating around that this is becoming reality, and before the end of January 2008. Is it possible? We contacted some of our insiders to get the latest scoop on this rumor and see if it had any fact behind it. We were skeptical, after all the PS3 just received a price-cut in [...]

Forbes: Best Cities For Jobs In 2008

Forbes: Best Cities For Jobs In 2008

Salt Lake City, Utah Median Household Income Rank: 33 Unemployment Rank: 2 Income Growth Rank: 8 Cost Of Living Rank: 41 Job Growth Rank: 8 Wichita, Kan. Median Household Income Rank: 65 Unemployment Rank: 23 Income Growth Rank: 5 Cost Of Living Rank: 7 Job Growth Rank: 7 (more…)

Generate Awesome Photomosaics With Metapixel In Linux

Generate Awesome Photomosaics With Metapixel In Linux

Ok, I admit. I thrashed the Digg.com servers for a little while using an open source website mirroring tool named HTTrack. About 30,000 user icons later, I present to you a product created by a couple very short and sweet command line tools. (more…)

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