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Saturday, July 16, 2021

That’s former Florida Gator and Dallas Cowboy OL Crawford Ker, flanked by his most marketable assets (aka, from left: Stephanie Stewart, Sarah Mathews, and Christina Carbanaro). They’re a big part of the success of Ker’s WingHouse business.

I’d love to see how many letters of complaint the Times got over that shot. It does the job, though — definitely.

As always, this notion just kills me:

Crawford nailed the pictures to the WingHouse’s plywood walls himself, careful to put the bikini photos in the corners and the sports pictures at table level, so families would feel comfortable.

Yeah, I’m sure Mom and Dad are okay with having the boobie pictures a bit higher up on the wall so Junior can’t figure it out. In fact, the whole idea of a place with so much cheesecake on display being a place to “bring the whole family” is so laughable that it amazes me that the chutzpah is there to actually promote it as such. (Then again, you can sell any idea, if the marketing is right.)

And for the record: WingHouse is not Hooters, appearances aside.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/16/2005 08:59:32 PM
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That’s for you to decide, via Weekly Planet’s Best of the Bay dealio.

I know that Rachel* wants you to vote for her. As does Lisa. And even though they haven’t explicitly plugged for it, I’m sure Tommy and Peter would like your vote, too.

Me? I don’t think I could handle the resultant fame.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/16/2005 07:06:53 PM
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Hard drive so riddled with viruses, spyware and other crap that your computer’s practically unusable? Rather than invest hours into running antivirus scans and Registry edits, many people are taking the nuclear option: Throwing away the infected machines and buying new ones.

“I was spending time every week trying to keep the machine free of viruses and worms,” said Mr. [Lew] Tucker, a vice president of Salesforce.com, a Web services firm based here. “I was losing the battle. It was cheaper and faster to go to the store and buy a low-end PC.”

At first, it sounds daft to throw away something you probably paid a few hundred dollars for, and have loaded up with so much personal data. But really, people who take this route are making a decision based upon commitment: It’s worth the money to save their time and frustration in rehabbing a machine. Plus, considering their old system is likely less powerful than newer models, it’s a case of being spurred to make an upgrade that would have been necessary soon enough anyway. And obviously, prices are so low now (especially when it involves replacing just the CPU — the monitor and other peripherals can be retained) that it’s not a major investment for most folks.

The other thing factoring in here: Because people put so much personal info on their machines, it’s impractical to donate or sell them in order to get rid of them. Browser cookies and other files save things like Website passwords, Social Security numbers and less-vital-but-personal details. (Indeed, I found all that sort of stuff on that free computer I scooped up off a Craigslist ad; the people giving it away were simply careless, and could have gotten burned had someone more malicious gotten ahold of it.)If someone isn’t motivated enough to clean off the malware off the hard drive, they aren’t going to dig to try to remove all that critical information; if they were, they would go ahead and fix the whole thing, and then keep the computer. Trashing it is just easier all around.

Still, all this dumpster-filling seems like an awful waste. Here’s my offer: If you’re itching to rid yourself of that infested computer, send it my way. I’ll even pay the cost of shipping, provided it’s not unreasonable.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 07/16/2005 06:07:46 PM
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