Wacky Web Week

How to compare a notebook to a dead fish

Most of us are all too familiar with the funny and somewhat obnoxious PC-vs.-Apple commercials. But back in the 1980s, Compaq took a more indirect but just as humorous swipe at the competition — IBM. Starring the famous and hilarious John Cleese, Compaq’s new portable computer is put up against a … 22-pound fish!

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PC and Mac put the bum’s rush on Linux

In the battle of Windows vs. Mac, the proponents of both often look at Linux with derision. But comparing stats, capabilities, and usability just doesn’t compare to one simple factor — how an operating system feels to its user.

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Pouring a cup of tea — with exuberance

Normally, preparing a morning cup of tea offers little more elaboration than nestling a lemon wedge on the teacup rim.

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Unexpected gift leads to a greedy end

When an overworked office worker’s copy machine malfunctions, fate gives him a portable black hole — and the knowledge that life might have suddenly taken a radical turn for the better.

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Transforming a chin-warmer into bird cage

The art of beard- and mustache-sculpting sometimes lends itself to whimsy, with soul patches and muttonchops usually marking the height of creativity. But add a little competitive incentive, and things can quickly move to the bizarre.

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Technology enables a dog to sing beautifully

When it comes to conversation, what we hear from our canine companions is usually limited to “woof” and “grrr” — and maybe a mournful howl in tune with a passing siren.

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Error messages orchestrate beautiful music

Who could ever argue that Windows error messages and BSODs are things of beauty? No, they’re more often associated with a sudden rise in blood pressure and the overwhelming desire to whack your computer with something hard — like a hammer!

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Proper massage techniques for aging opossums

Has your older opossum lost some of its spring? Does he or she suffer from stiffness and reduced flexibility?

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Household clothes-washer meets garden brick

Have you ever had one of those days where the bricks in your patio just won’t get clean, despite vigorous scrubbing? How about tossing those dirty bricks into the washing machine?

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No good dog goes unpunished in age-old melodrama

Avatar may represent the state of the art in digital moviemaking, but back in the ’30s, it was an analog world in which clever dogs acted out classic human dramas. It was quite impressive for the time — and good for a laugh, too.

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