Archive for January 7th, 2008
Does your cat have a hair problem? Thinning, balding, greying hair? We'll then, we have the product for you. Kitty Wigs. Yes, thats right, Kitty Wigs, the only wigs for your feline companions. With models ranging from pink passion, bashful blonde, silver fox, and electric blue, your cat will be the talk of the town. The Kitty Wig is only $50.00, in stock and shipping this week, so order soon before supplies run out. And if that isn't enough, those who buy in the next 10 minutes will get an "attractive" round metal wig case, for all your storage and transportation needs. But wait, there's more! We will also be throwing in a "mouse with rattle"; the only toy you need to gain your pussy's attention. So please, order now, operators are standing by. [Kitty Wigs via Gizmodo Japan]
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Filed under: GamingCheck out this sweet, sweet Guitar Hero mod by one Aaron Skillman, who whipped up a portable turntable controller in his garage one weekend. Instead of using the strum bar, you hit notes by scratching forward or backward. Since this baby is portable you can tote your alt instrument over to a friend's place and turn co-op Guitar Hero into Rock Band lite. Video after the break.
Financial Times is reporting that Paramount has a clause in its HD DVD exclusivity contract allowing them to bail from the sinking HD DVD ship if Warner defected to Blu-ray, and they are "poised" to do so. Warner's switch already put 70 percent of Hollywood's output on Blu-ray—Paramount rolling Blu-ray too would promptly and undoubtfully close the books on HD DVD's future in Hollywood. [Financial Times]
If you've taken control of your startup applications with the Windows stalwart, msconfig, you may have stumbled onto a new annoyance in Vista. When you block a program's startup with msconfig, Vista displays a "Windows has blocked some startup programs" message whenever you restart the computer. The How-To Geek weblog details how to disable the annoying pop-up with a simple tweaking of the System Configuration Utility. Just right-click the blocked programs system tray icon, choose Run blocked program -> System Configuration Utility, and then tick the "Don't show this message..." checkbox. Annoyance solved.
Bear Stearns CEO James Cayne is expected to step down as CEO due to pressure by pissed off shareholders , reports the Wall Street Journal.
James Cayne, the chairman and chief executive of Bear Stearns Cos., under fire from shareholders since the Wall Street firm was badly burned by the downturn in the mortgage market, is stepping down as CEO, say people familiar with the matter. ... Bear Stearns's stock has lost more than half its value in the past year, and some directors had been privately discussing Mr. Cayne's departure. They had been hoping that he would take the initiative and resign, but didn't want to pressure him, given his long service to the firm, say people familiar with their thinking.At least one major shareholder has been calling for Cayne's head, said the WSJ. Mr. Cayne will join the former CEOs of Citibank, Merrill Lynch & Co., UBS, and H&R Block on the list of casualties attributed to the subprime meltdown. The Wikipedia entry on Mr. Cayne claims that he is a world class bridge player and suggests that he enjoys smoking marijuana. We wish him luck in his future endeavors.
"He thought about it, and the board thought about it, and they agreed it was time to pass the baton," says one person familiar with the deliberations.
Cayne to Step Down As Bear Stearns CEO [Wall Street Journal]
(Photo:AP Photo/HO/Bear Stearns Cos. Inc.)
Gallery: Hands-on with the WiBrain B1 UMPC
Gallery: Hands-on with Sandisk Sansa 16GB
DVD sales slipped for the first time since the format was introduced in 1997, says USAToday.
Consumers spent $16 billion buying DVDs, about $600 million less than in 2006. But rentals matched last year's total of $7.5 billion.Hollywood shipped 1.7 billion discs -- about 30 million more than in 2006 -- a sign that DVD remains strong, Smith says. "There is a natural progression to lower price points due to the maturing market," she says. "But there are still titles -- big blockbuster releases, collector sets and, mostly, TV DVD compilations -- that are generating high price points."Could this mean that the market has absorbed all the $170 Miami Vice Complete Series boxsets it can handle? The horror.
The average selling price of a DVD dropped 0.5% to $14.63.
Despite the downturn in DVD sales, the $23.7 billion total spending on home video dwarfs Hollywood's $9.6 billion box-office total for 2007.