CompUSA Ann Arbor to Close? has been reporting for the past few days that CompUSA will be closing 100 of their 229 stores nationwide. While hopes of fire sales have been dashed by tipsters, no one knew which stores would be closing. Well, today it appears that CompUSA’s website has revealed the stores that are closing by omission. If your local store isn’t on this list (and Ann Arbor isn’t), it’s going to be closing.

Too bad, I like CompUSA. They may not have had the best prices on some stuff, but they usually had better selection on DIY parts and peripherals than Best Buy. Oh, and actual Apple products to drool over without going to Livonia.

[via Consumerist]

This is pretty much what I expect SL to be like

From Toothpaste For Dinner blog

Everything in Second Life seems to be coated in a preteen’s understanding of sex. It was very titty-booby pee-pee doo-doo. From the fantasy asses to the cyber-ruins surrounding Freebie Warehouse, there really was nothing but clumsy cybersex. I wandered through this wasteland for a while, until I finally came to a normal-looking store, with windows, and people inside, so I went in.

The store sold penises, and penis avatars. I didn’t actually get to see what they looked like, because I didn’t have any fake money to spend (and I wasn’t really interested in chipping in twenty bucks to these cats’ weird sex trip.) A pet penis, which would follow you around and “come on command” (I’m guessing you have to right-click and load a script and wait thirty seconds is what they mean by “command”) was 100 fakebucks, which converted to US$0.68.

Where’s my credit card?!?

Fear of Getting It

Is there such a phobia? A fear of somehow outing yourself as a geek, nerd, or dweeb simply by getting a joke?

Also, I realize the whole “i’m in ur ___ doing somethin’ to your ___” meme is old, but damnit, cats are funny. (They have to be, or I’d strangle mine.)

That said, this combines both of those sentences in one, hilarious image.

(A click embiggens us all)

By the by, if you’d like to see almost every one of those cats pictures (and then some), go here.

Beginning of the End

Vista Install Problems? – Shred The Disc

Check out Anthony from the Opie & Anthony Show as he reacts to his experience with upgrading to Windows Vista.

Apple would like to thank Microsoft, Anthony, and half the Internet for this new market share. Not to sound like a fanboy, but I predict that Apple will have 35% market share and one major corporation will very publically and very angrily switch their entire desktop IT infrastructure over to Macs by the end of the year.

My XP box will hold me just fine for the time being, although my next computer is in question. However, Microsoft is managing this disaster of a release the wrong way. When XP came out, the Internet was big, but it wasn’t ubiquatous; Microsoft was able to manage the message much better through the mainstream media.

But with Vista’s release, the Internet is everywhere. Hell, you can get online from your kitchen. Every misstep, every botched install, every stupid bug is being detailed for the entire world to see on YouTube, hear about on podcasts, or virtually experience via any number of blogs. I’m not saying the program had to be perfect; it’s software, that’s not realistic. But, seriously, respond. Don’t run around telling people that Windows Vista isn’t exploitable. After 5 years, Microsoft should have planned seriously and purposefully for the PR nightmare that was going to ensue when problems started surfacing; coddle some celebrities, toss a few free concillatory licenses to B- or C-level bloggers, something.

The deployment of a piece of software that, by one paper’s calculations cost upwards of $10 billion to develop, should have been far more appealing and better managed. Yes, you have launch parties. Yes, you do the stump speeches and talk shows. But you also prep your market for what is likely to be a bumpy upgrade. You tell people, “hey, this is a very new way of using Windows, you’re going to have some problems. By the way, here’s a workaround for your issue.” You prevent middle-tier celebrities from shredding your product on YouTube.

As the Seattle Times said, this could be the last of its kind.

And the Hits Just Keep On Comin'

Not content to be called a laughing stock by his own constituency, Boston mayor and opponent of reason Thomas Menino has decided that the best course of action now is to pursue a ban on guerrilla marketing.

As Techdirt points out, this is stupid on many, many levels, not the least of which is intent. The two men they’ve arrested over this promotion are charged with a felony, charges that were rightly mocked by the accused themselves.

Turner even gave the city a huge way out of this, offering to pay up to $1 million for the costs associated with the breathless fear mongering the city whipped up.

Is there no one in the mayor or governor’s offices that can talk them off this path? Do they not understand the level of idiocy this has reached?