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Saturday, April 21, 2007: Big box stores, Dell reviving XP and ShowTaxi.com - and everything tech: your calls, comments, instant messages and emails about technology and pop culture...it's Online Tonight with David Lawrence for a Saturday.

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Tonight's notes: (?)

7pm PT:

A look at the competition big box stores are facing against online sales sites and the resulting closing of stores like CompUSA and Circuit City, how to avoid the dead products and pick up some bargains when those stores hold liquidation sales, coverage of Dell bringing back Windows XP as an option on their new machines, well after Vista is Microsoft's "latest and greatest," an overview of the new premium podcast subscription system for podcasters, ShowTaxi.com, and more.

8pm PT:

An email and phone call from the Vine in Livermore, California, where My Name Is Wallace has just won Best Short at the California Independent Film Festival, with the call coming from Jessica Wethington, the director of a film called AWOL, starring David Morse, that is also doing very well in the film festival market - she called and wrote on her Blackberry, which suffered a huge blackout this past week when they "upgraded" their systems. We also look at the problems that EPIC is having with the Google/DoubleClick merger, why they should worry about more important issues and not scare people with this one, what kind of information your supermarket has on you when you use your supermarket discount card and more.

9pm PT:

One of our listeners found out that HP wasn't using new parts when fixing computers under warranty - his hard drive was replaced not with a new one, but with another HP customer's drive. That customer left enough information on that drive that my listener was able to contact him and fill him in on HP's practices. We discuss what happened with the two people involved, Jim and Dewey, as to what companies do to cut corners in their hardware and software support and what you as a consumer can do to optimize your support experiences.

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