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Enable 1080p YouTube Support in Firefox 40 for Linux

“You can check if your browser supports all the codecs for YouTube by checking the YouTube HTML5 Video Player website, which list everything supported on your PC. If you have a Linux systems and Firefox 40, it’s likely that some of those codecs will have a red sign, meaning that they are not enabled. All you have to do is open about:config and make the following changes. Please make sure that you don’t change anything else. …” Source: Softpedia

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Adobe Flash is one of those browser plugins that a lot of people can not live without, with Java being a close second. Problem with Flash (and Java) is there are major security exploits that are being discovered daily. Adobe just release an updated for Flash last week and already has plans on releasing another update this week to patch an exploit just discovered in the last fix. Some people such as Grand Stream Dreams blogger Claus have opted to do away with Flash (and other Adobe products) on some their systems: Taking Flash Player out to the Bins. Unfortuantly,…

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Microsoft Posts and Removes video Bashing iPhone

Over the weekend Microsoft had posted to their Windows Phone YouTube channel a video entitled: A fly on the wall in Cupertino? The video was about the (colorful) upcoming iPhone 5C. Seems the video did not go over well with social media, so Microsoft yanked it of their YouTube channel, but not before someone else had a chance to mirror the video. Microsoft’s response to Cnet about the video “was intended to be a lighthearted poke at our friends from Cupertino. But it was off the mark, and we’ve decided to pull it down.” Not really sure what all the uproar is about. The…

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Nokia Lumia 920 Commercial

The first Windows Phone commercial I have seen. Microsoft is holding nothing back with this Windows Phone commercial. They make fun of both Android (with the Samsung Galaxy phones) as well as Apple iPhone users. Not really sure if I want a Windows phone, last thing I want is a BSOD on my phone. Of course the BSOD was replaced in Windows 8 with a kinder, gentler “There was a problem with your computer” screen. The one thing that did bug me about Windows phones, at least the one I was playing with at a T-Mobile store a few months…

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Hawaii (Hula) Chair

As we wrap up this week of ‘people actually buy this stuff?’. I present the Hawaii or Hula Chair. Not sure how long this has been around. Their domain was registered in 2006 and is still active, but the same can not be said for their website. But wait…it is still being sold today (though the fabric is now black instead of tan) on a few sites including Amazon for around $200-$250.  

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Perfect Polly Pet

Just when you thought you’ve seen it all…comes Perfect Polly…so life like, so real…so quickly becomes annoying, but unlike the real thing you can turn Perfect Polly off ‘at the touch of a button’. Still being sold for $14.99 (plus shipping & handling) at PerfectPollyPet.com

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Potty Putter

I recall seeing this in a mail order catalog, but never on TV. The website redirects to a site selling other ‘infomerical’ items. The Potty Putter doesn’t appear to be offered by this site. However, BaronBob.com (second video) is still selling them. Be sure to check out the ‘free gift’ offer at the end of the first video.

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Bear Scratch

This one still exists nearly two years later, which is a bit suprising. The inventor Richard Heenes as seen in the video is a just little wacky. Guess he is trying to draw attenion away from the whole Balloon Boy incident from back in October 2009. Wonder if he has sold enough to make back the $36,000 in restitution he had to pay?

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