Dear Webby: Why is there a $90 ransom for XP? 



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Thanks to Connie for this story: A man is at work one day when he notices that his co-worker is wearing an earring. This man knows his co-worker to be a normally conservative fellow, and is curious about his sudden change in 'fashion sense.' The man walks up to him and says, 'I didn't know you were into earrings.' 'Don't make such a big deal, it's only an earring,' he replies sheepishly. His friend falls silent for a few minutes, but then his curiosity prods him to say, 'So, how long have you been wearing one?' 'Ever since my wife found it in my truck'
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An INTERNATIONAL BONEHEAD AWARD goes to William Vickers, 46, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio Sent in by Deeli Helpful Burglar CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio (UPI) -- Police in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, said they arrested a suspected serial burglar after he stopped to offer assistance to two officers. The police said William Vickers, 46, stopped at about 1 a.m. Sunday to offer assistance to two officers who were attempting to help a woman who had locked herself out of her car, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Tuesday. The officers told Vickers they had the situation well in hand but as the seemingly good Samaritan began walking away and into the light of a street lamp, one of the officers recognized him as a suspect in the After Midnight Burglar case. Vickers is suspected of multiple burglaries four years ago as well as a break-in reported last week. Police fliers posted around the city bear the suspect's face. "It was nice of Willie to offer to help, and he probably has more experience getting into cars than our two officers on the scene," Police Chief Martin Lentz said. However, Vickers, who allegedly fought against the officers and damaged the woman's car, now faces multiple charges including burglary, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. He was being held in Cleveland Heights Jail. Copyright 2008 by United Press International
Bambi, a young cutie, sidled up to a guest at the party. She had heard him addressed as doctor and now she said diffidently, "Doctor, may I ask a question?" "Certainly," he said. "Lately," said Bambi, "I have been having a funny pain right here under the heart..." The guest interrupted uncomfortably and said, "I'm terribly sorry, Bambi, but the truth is, I'm a doctor of philosophy." "Oh," said the blonde, "I'm sorry!" She turned away, but then overcome with curiosity, she turned back. "Just one more question, doctor. Tell me, what kind of disease is philosophy?"
From the Tech Support Pits: From: Charlene Re: Why $90 ransom for XP? Dear Webby: Why does Dell charge $90 more if you want XP, and why can't you buy the machines without them poisoned with Vista? I don't see why I can't have a machine without that dumpsterware on it. Charlene Dear Charlene In their attempts to lie and cheat about Vista usage, Microsoft requires OEMs to preload computers with Vista, or else they will lose their OEM status. Even though you and almost everybody else will do the initial start up with the XP CD in the CD drive and format Vista off it, without ever running it, Microsoft still reports it as one more Vista machine. The reason Dell charges $90 more for the XP CD is becuse they can get away with it. It is simple extortion and has nothing to do with cost. They know you want XP, and that you will pay the $90 ransom. It's cheaper than suing them, and it's still cheaper than a Toshiba. Have FUN! Dear Webby

After pulling a farmer over for speeding, a state trooper started to lecture him about his speed, pompously implying that the farmer didn't know any better and trying to make him feel as uncomfortable as possible. He finally started writing out the ticket, but had to keep swatting at some flies buzzing around his head. The farmer said, "Having some problems with circle flies there, are ya?" The trooper paused to take another swat and said, "Well, yes, if that's what they are. I've never heard of circle flies." The farmer was pleased to enlighten the cop. "Circle flies are common on farms. They're called circle flies because you almost always find them circling the back end of a horse." The trooper continues writing for a moment, then says," Hey, are you trying to call me a horse's behind?" "Oh no, officer." The farmer replies. "I have too much respect for law enforcement and police officers for that." "That's a good thing," the officer says rudely, then goes back to writing the ticket. After a long pause, the farmer added, "Hard to fool them flies, though."

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Sitting in the bar George asked Johnny, 40, "How come you are not married?" Johnny: "I haven't found the right woman yet" George: "So what are you looking for?" Johnny: "Oh she's got to be real pretty, - a good cook 'n house keeper, - well and she's got to know how to handle money, - a really nice and pleasant personality is a must, - and money, she's got to have money, - and a home, a nice big house, is what she has to have." George: "A woman like that would be crazy to marry YOU" Johnny: "Oh it's okay, if she is crazy"

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