Wacky Web Week

I’ll call you back, I’m about to hit a dead zone

Cell phones have become a relative social necessity. Most users have embraced some semblance of cell-phone etiquette in public. But we unwritten-rule-abiding citizens are too often plagued by obnoxious, inconsiderate users.

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Keanu has encountered an error and must restart

Science fiction has long been popular with computer geeks: sci-fi films such as Blade Runner and The Matrix glorify the techie life. Supercomputer fantasies are all well and good, but come on! How do the movie folks get that big iron to run so darned smoothly?

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Nothing’s lost in this 80s-video translation!

Music videos have been a significant component of popular culture since the 1980s, providing musicians with another artistic avenue to express their creativity. Production values run the gamut — from bare-bones to extravagant to just-plain bizarre (the same could be said about the ’80s as a whole!).

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Watch this video … before it’s too late!

Ghosts, goblins, and ghouls are poised to haunt your doorstep on Oct. 31 in the innocuous pursuit of candy. But beware! Some of those innocent-looking revelers might just be zombies in disguise, walking the streets on a quest for brains and human flesh. Oh, no! How to tell the difference?

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Hush … Google knows what’s best for you

With today’s busy lifestyles, technological assistance seems indispensable. Cell phones and PDAs keep you up-to-date on anything that “just can’t wait” until the next time you’re in front of a computer. From the palm of your hand, you can now check your e-mail, peruse the latest headlines, manage your to-do list … and receive unsolicited dating advice?

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‘Chicken or fish?’ may max out your credit card

Remember the good old days, when virtually every flight came with a full meal? Airline food may have become a synonym for any dubious cuisine, but it still nurtured us and ensured that we arrived home with a full belly and at least one harrowing mystery-meat anecdote to amuse our friends.

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Forget Freddy, it’s a nightmare on Windows Street!

Everything seemed to be going so well. The sun was shining and the fish were schooling as the seaweed drifted lazily through the waves. It was altogether reminiscent of the loveliest underwater desktop environment…

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A parody that’s as American as apple pie

In the U.S., campaigns are heating up in the month preceding the presidential election. As the candidates dust off their “A” games for the final debates, there are about as many different opinions as there are voters. This hilarious political satire pokes fun at all of ‘em!

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Finally! Your Windows error messages decoded

We’ve all experienced the frustration and anxiety that receiving a cryptic error message invokes. That tiny, unassuming gray box pops up on your screen unexpectedly, and as you read it you wonder, “Am I supposed to understand this??”

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It beats (ahem) ice-cold showers

Internet dating services have become overwhelmingly popular in our technologically savvy age. We are constantly inundated with advertisements featuring happy, loving couples who allegedly met online. If you believe the hype, everyone seems to be finding the love of their life via the Internet … everyone except Erik Weiner.

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