Overstock.com Just Plain Lies

Posted May 19, 2007 by a random broad
Categories: Online shopping, overstock.com

So I’m looking around for a new tote bag and I find this numberOverstock.com’s Garden Pacific Bag

According to the description, the bag is made by ‘Garden Pacific’.  I don’t like it, but since I sorted by greatest % off, it rose to the top of the list.  Overstock.com claims it retails for $350 and they’re selling for $80; that’s a savings of 77%.  A great deal, right?

The bag is made Golden Pacific, a brand supplier.  In other words, they make stuff onto which you can label, emboss or stitch your company’s logo or name.  The bag costs $75 each when ordered in units of twelve; just shy of $58 when ordered in units of 250.  I’m sure it’s the same bag as Overstock is using the same picture, just slightly edited:

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Hmmm.  Further investigation is warranted.  I mean, if they’re blatantly lying about this item, what other items are too good to be true?

Adorable Flash Games

Posted September 26, 2006 by a random broad
Categories: Flash, Games, Online Games, Orisinal, Random Thoughts, Time Wasters

If there’s a site that has cuter flash games than Orisinal, I don’t wanna know about it.   You can help a furry pair of mice get their daily cup of tea, or guide a panda through a forest or even toss falling chicks umbrellas to slow their fall as they leap from nests. 

There are dozens of games at orisinal.com to amuse, slightly challenge and entertain you for quite some time.  You’ll find this is quite a nifty place to kill a few minutes here and there.

Happy time wasting from a random broad.

Need a Free Online PDF Converter?

Posted September 21, 2006 by a random broad
Categories: Adobe Acrobat, Free Online Services, PDF, PDF Online, Random Thoughts

Well, then, head on over to PDF Online (http://www.pdfonline.com/).  This nifty Web service will convert your file to a PDF and email it to you in no time flat. 

Converting your file to a PDF file will pretty much guarantee that your file will maintain its fonts and formatting no matter what machine it’s viewed on or printed from.   If you’ve ever created a file using Microsoft Works, you probably know the frustration of the person or company to whom you’re sending your file not being able to open it.  Converting it to a PDF solves that issue and gives your document a more polished and professional feel, too.  Just about everyone has Adobe Acrobat Reader, and if they don’t, it’s available for free from Adobe.com.

PDF Online will convert your DOC, PPT, XLS, JPG, GIF, TIFF, RTF, PPS, HTML, BMP, PNG, EMF, TXT and PUB files formats for free.  Your file cannot be larger than 2 MB. 

I converted a 75 kb Word document (about 13 pages) using PDF Online and the file was in my mailbox in less than 30 seconds.  I was quite impressed.  Because there’s no software to download and install, you can convert a file to a PDF pretty much anywhere you have an Internet connection. 

Happy PDF converting from a random broad.

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Confessions of a Commercialphobe -or- My Love Affair with My DVR

Posted September 19, 2006 by a random broad
Categories: Adult Swim, Commercials, DVR, Metalocalypse, Project Runway, Random Thoughts, ReplayTV, Studio 60

I love my DVR.  I really do.  I have a ReplayTV, and, if activist judges ever get their way, I’d be elated if it did me the honor of making an honest woman of me.

Anyway, so it’s to the point where I’d rather watch a show that I’ve recorded than watch it live.  Actually, that’s not quite true.  Much like an alcoholic who lies about how much she drinks, the truth is the situation is much worse.  It’s really to the point where I’ll pretty much only watch recorded shows.  I mean, I will wait a day or more to watch one of my favorite shows just so I can skip past the commercials.  Few things bring me more pleasure than watching a show and, at the commercial break, pressing the number three and then the QuickSkip button and being three minutes ahead in the program leaving commercials in the remote control’s wake (except when I’m watching Bravo, in which case I have to skip four, sometimes almost five minutes–what is with that network?)

Of course, this means my friends have to wait a day before discussing who got Klum-ed on Project Runway (go Michael!) or how Studio 60 wasn’t half bad, Amanda Peet’s horrible acting notwithstanding.  But we have an understanding, namely they rag on me for being a dork and I don’t have to watch annoying commercials.  It’s not a perfect system, but it works for us.

Not watching commercials has had an interesting side effect, though.  I no longer know what’s going on re upcoming movie releases, new shows, and what options are available for my cat’s suddenly-not-so-shameful herpes outbreaks (apparently, there’s once-daily pill now!).  I also miss the bumps (black and whites) on Adult Swim.  Those are pretty funny and when I am watching a show live like, say Metalocalypse (that show is so metal), I’m suddenly reminded of how much I miss reading them. 

If you love your DVR, why not give it a hug?  It does so much for you, and, in return, asks for so little.  Well, it’s time for me to run.  Me and the Re have reservations at a cozy little trattoria known for its romantic atmosphere.

Happy TV watching from a random broad.

One Item. One Day. One Amazingly Low Price.

Posted September 17, 2006 by a random broad
Categories: Electronics, Online shopping, Random Thoughts, woot.com

Do you woot?  Woot.com is one of my favorite haunts.  This site sells one item until it is either sold out or midnight, CST.  They carry everything from speakers to MP3 players to digital cameras to small kitchen appliances. 

From their What is Woot page:

What is Woot and who’s behind it?
Woot.com is an online store and community that focuses on selling cool stuff cheap. It started as an employee-store slash market-testing type of place for an electronics distributor, but it’s taken on a life of its own. We anticipate profitability by 2043 – by then we should be retired; someone smarter might take over and jack up the prices. Until then, we’re still the lovable scamps we’ve always been. But don’t take our word for it: see what the online community has to say at this Wikipedia article.
I see only one item, do you sell anything else?
No. We sell one item per day until it is sold out or until 11:59pm central time when it is replaced (see next entry for details). However, each item we sell is in stock and typically ships within 2-3 business days.
What is the schedule for new items?
The short answer: we offer a new item every single day. The details: a new product is released every morning at 12am central time, seven days a week. (If you’re not a morning person, this can be described as every night at midnight. Better?) If a product sells out during its run, a new item will not appear until the next release time. You will know if a product is sold out, because the main page says “SOLD OUT” instead of “I want one”. (Clever, eh?)
I missed yesterday’s item, can I still get one?
No. Each woot.com product is discontinued at 11:59pm central time. That’s that. Period. We may get more at a later date if we’re lucky, but we offer no guarantees, we allow no backorders, and we have no waiting/notification lists. Too bad.

Video: Microsoft Zune

Posted September 15, 2006 by a random broad
Categories: Microsoft, MP3 Player, portable devices, Portable Devices - MP3, Portable Devices - Video Players, Random Thoughts, USA Today, Video, Zune

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 This USA Today article features a video of the Zune in action.

Microsoft Talks about New iPod Rival

This device looks so sweet:

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I love that its screen can be viewed in portrait or landscape mode.  Sharing music and files wirelessly with other Zune owners within range? How cool is that?  I am so looking forward to buying this device later this year.

Enjoy.

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Even More Windows XP Wallpaper Fun

Posted September 13, 2006 by a random broad
Categories: Digital Images, Digital Pictures, National Geographic, Random Thoughts, Space, VladStudio, Wallpaper, Wallpaper Italia, Windows XP

Remember Windows XP Wallpaper Fun?  Well, here are a few more sites for you to explore:

National Geographic: Exploring Space =-= This link features some of the most breath-taking pictures taken from National Geographic’s Exploring Space series.  Winds of Change is particularly striking; it’s a spectacular ultraviolet image of Saturn and its rings.  There are only a few from which to choose, but they’re all pretty enjoyable if you’re a space nut.

Vlad Studio=-= vladstudio.com has an astounding gallery chock full of wallpapery goodness.  There are photographs, computer-generated images and everything in between.  You can download lower-quality images for free or register for a fee for access to higher-quality, signature-less and a selection dual-monitor (aka dual-display) images.  Old France 2, Dreamer and Emotion 7 have all found themselves as a background on my computers at one point. 

Wallpaper Italia =-= This Italian site has some pretty spiffy wallpaper selections in their food category.  I am simply mad about this cute ad featuring some of the happiest lemons I’ve seen in quite some time.  The photos in the Toscana section are, in a word, gorgeous.

Happy wallpapering from a random broad.

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