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July 4th 4th of July - Independence Day
|The Constitution of the United States of America · American Memory at the Library of Congress Fun 4th of July Sites: Have your own 4th of July celebration! ...
July 6th http://www.workingamerica.org/badboss/
July 10th http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/RocketScience101/RocketScience101.html
July 11th http://www.playfuls.com/news_03362_Firefox_Beta_20_candidate_is_out_to_play.html It's not actually officially launched, but you only have to wait until Wednesday, July 11, to be able to get your hands on it. If you can't wait that long and IE doesn't satisfy you in anymore, you should know that a public "release candidate" has been posted on the Mozilla FTP site .
July 13th Yahoo and Microsoft join forces in messaging pact
< http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/news.php?newsId=3945 #> are making their
instant messaging systems capable of communicating with each other to create
a communications platform with some 350 million user accounts. The
interoperability - the first of its kind between two distinct, global
consumer IM providers - will form the world's largest consumer IM community
and be three times the size of Skype, the current leading VoIP
< http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/news.php?newsId=3945 #> application
< http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/news.php?newsId=3945 #> online. Skype, which
was bought by eBay last year currently has 100 million customers compared to
Microsoft's 240 million and Yahoo's 110 million. More at
July 14th http://www.free411.com/ 1-800-FREE-411, an ad-supported
alternative to costly 411 directory assistance. The price for avoiding the
$1.80 to $3.49 charge of a 411 call is hearing an ad based on your
information request - so you hear about the competitors to the business
you're asking about. Interesting model, much like ad-supported Web search
July 21st USA Weekend Magazine Games, puzzles, celebrity interviews, photos, special reports, health and recipes from USA Weekend ,... www.usa weekend .com/
July 24th Apparently consumers who ordered Dell's XPS 700 gaming PC have not yet received their machines in the mail, and in the face of increasing complaints, the company has finally come clean on the issue. According to Dell's new one2one blog, the Pentium D- and Pentium Extreme-powered versions of the tower have indeed been delayed, though no specific reason is given -- all that's being said is that inadequate processor inventory is not to blame. While Dell isn't currently providing customers with a solid ship date, folks who ordered their 700 prior to July 18th will receive either a free upgrade to a Core 2 Duo CPU or a gift card for some unknown amount as a bribe to keep them from canceling their orders big thanks for being so patient. If you already have one of these desktops on order, expect to receive a call from Dell customer service in the coming days outlining your options and presumably apologizing for keeping you waiting. July 25th We suppose it's a bit of a stretch to call Nintendo's DS Lite hinge problem -- which according to Nintendo affects 0.02 percent of shipped units -- much of a defect, but the big N has heard the cries of its users, and will now fix the problem for free. Multiple Lite-o-holics have reported a small crack on the left side of the hinge that holds the two screens together, and even our pals over at Joystiq have encountered the problem. Up until now Nintendo was charging $50 to repair the incidental damage, as it was considered outside of warranty, but now they're changing their tune with free repairs for all.
July 26th How Computer Viruses Work
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/ref/virus.htm?cid=rss1 Computer viruses
range from pesky to outright dangerous. Clicking on what looks like a
harmless e-mail message can lead to hours of recovery efforts, if not
July 27th http://www.cpsc.gov/ Help keep your family safe by checking product recalls and safety news from CPSC. US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
July 28th http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_490/tx98_490.html Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 4, 5, and 6 - the state's annual tax holiday. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.
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