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+ - Best Buy Abandoning "Optimization Service"?->

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ddillman writes "According to The Consumerist, Best Buy is apparently dropping some of its "optimization" services, and will instead provide the "Best Buy Software Installer," a new tool that the company says will "radically simplify how you set up and customize your new PC or upgrade an existing one." Translation: Instead of you paying Best Buy to delete trialware from your new PC, Best Buy will get paid by software makers to try to get you to install it.

A page on the Best Buy web site states that the new installation tool will be available January 17th, and "gives you choices and options to configure your computer, and saves you time by making it easy to discover new software, then download and install with a single click."

According to an alleged internal Best Buy document obtained by a technology blog, Best Buy stands to make an extra $5 per PC just by including BBSI."

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Music

+ - Big Labels Threaten Local Venues, Kill Local Music->

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" rel="nofollow">ddillman writes "BMI, ASCAP and SESAC, three associations who represent musicians and collect licensing fees, have been sending threatening letters to local venues. These letters 'inform' the local venues of copyright laws and penalties for violations, and then attempt to get those venues to pay licensing fees to cover any potential live musicians who perform covers of copyrighted works. Many small venues cannot afford the fees, or fear the potential lawsuits, so they eliminate live performances altogether. This hurts the venue, the local artists who perform in them, and the fans who enjoy their performances in the more intimate settings many local venues provide."
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Education

+ - Periodic Table of Videos->

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ddillman
ddillman writes "The University of Nottingham has created a website which contains the Periodic Table of Videos. For each entry in the periodic table, there is an accompanying video dealing with the element chosen. The videos are short and entertaining, and discuss various properties and uses of each element. The material is presented in a way suitable for high school and early college chemistry students to learn about the individual elements. Once you've finished all 118 videos, be sure to check back often, as the university has been updating many of the entries with newer, more entertaining and informative videos."
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Handhelds

+ - Which Handheld Is Best?

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ddillman
ddillman writes "Dear Slashdot:


I find myself once again looking to buy a new PDA. I've owned several Palm devices ranging from low-end to high-end over the years, had an employer supply a Handspring Visor, had a friend with a Sony Clie (PalmOS), and another with a Dell Axim (WinCE). I note that Palm has little faith in the reliability of their own low-end devices with just a 90-day warranty, and a 1-year warranty on their upper crust products. The longest span I've got from a Palm is just over 1 year, and I try to treat my gadgets pretty well, so I'm not particularly pleased by Palm's reliability.


A PDA running Linux would be cool for the geek factor, but is not required. I'm most familiar with PalmOS in a PDA, but it's not required. I'd prefer to avoid Windows based on desktop Windows experience, but if there's a compelling reason to use it on a PDA I won't rule it out. One thing I'm NOT looking for is a cellphone, so no phone-based PDA's need apply. Reliability is key, if you hadn't already guessed. I'd like Wifi and perhaps Bluetooth, though bluetooth isn't required, and decent battery life is a plus. And, I'm not rich, so I'd prefer to keep the price down where a mere mortal can afford it.


With all of that said, what's the best way to go in a new PDA these days?"
Portables

+ - What's The Best New PDA?

Submitted by
ddillman
ddillman writes "Dear Slashdot:

I find myself once again looking to buy a new PDA. I've owned several Palm devices ranging from low-end to high-end over the years, had an employer supply a Handspring Visor, had a friend with a Sony Clie (PalmOS), and another with a Dell Axim (WinCE). I note that Palm has little faith in the reliability of their own low-end devices with just a 90-day warranty, and a 1-year warranty on their upper crust products. The longest span I've got from a Palm is just over 1 year, and I try to treat my gadgets pretty well, so I'm not particularly pleased by Palm's reliability.

A PDA running Linux would be cool for the geek factor, but is not required. I'm most familiar with PalmOS in a PDA, but it's not required. I'd prefer to avoid Windows based on desktop Windows experience, but if there's a compelling reason to use it on a PDA I won't rule it out. One thing I'm NOT looking for is a cellphone, so no phone-based PDA's need apply. Reliability is key, if you hadn't already guessed. I'd like Wifi and perhaps Bluetooth, though bluetooth isn't required, and decent battery life is a plus. And, I'm not rich, so I'd prefer to keep the price down where a mere mortal can afford it.

With all of that said, what's the best way to go in a new PDA these days?"

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