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Jason Toon


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What do Betamax tapes, MiniDiscs, and Memory Sticks have in common? All were hubristic  ploys by Sony to corner some market or another by limiting their products to their own proprietary formats. And all were massive failures, as consumers turned away from their 800-lb. gorilla tactics in favor of more open, more versatile standards. The Sony Walkman 2GB MP3 Player we're selling today plays regular old MP3s, but their first digital music players could only play files in Sony's ATRAC format - another brilliant idea that lost them untold millions of dollars. Imagine what a mess it would be for companies in other fields to try to apply the same model to their businesses. And then make a picture illustrating what you imagined. Your challenge:

Show us what happens when a corporation tries to limit its products to only work with that company's own official accessories.

OK, this one's a little hard to grasp at first, so examples are in order. What if GM cars ran only on special GM gasoline? Or if GE microwaves could only cook GE food? Or if a dog breeder's puppies could only gain nourishment from that breeder's brand of dog food? No, it won't be easy to turn that concept into a compelling image, but if you can, brother, you got it made. Or sister, you also got it made.

Post your entry here by 11:59 PM CDT on Sunday, May 13, 2007. Prizes are $20/$50/$100 for 3rd/2nd/1st. The rules and criteria for winning: our panel of geniuses can and will make stuff up as it goes along. Use Photoshop, pen and ink, collage, MSPaint, scrimshaw carving, tattoos, ice sculpture, whatever, but it’ll only be judged if it’s visible in our forums as a jpg, gif, or png. As we are fond of saying, try to keep your maximum width to 450px. If you need a place to host your pictures, try www.imageshack.ws or www.photobucket.com. We have no connection to either, but they seem free and easy to use. And if you want us to be sure your entry was indeed your work, post links to your source images. The more sure we are that you did your own work, the more likely we are to consider it for a prize.

Past money winners:
If you'd like to nominate any entries from this week's contest, email your selections (with links to each individual post) to Jason Toon at jtoon@woot.com by noon CDT on Monday, May 14.


Josephus


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hmm. Apparently Jason is drunk again.

TehCaspia


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So you mean imagine Apple? hmmm...

woot changed my signature...apparently linking my old blog was "advertising"...never thought I'd see anyone give Obama a run for his money on being the nanny state...

KtCallista


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Josephus wrote:
hmm. Apparently Jason is drunk again.



I guess that means I voted for the wrong dodgeball entry, ohh well.

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Paper Napkins on the Edge of Insanity

You can call me Goddess, that's fine.

ejvogie


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not really an entry

There are 10 kinds of people. Those who understand binary, and those who don't.

firehawk178


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I paid WOOT $59.99 + $5 shipping for this officially licensed place holder..

joshf52


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click for full

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carseat


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Not compatible with Trump Steaks

metzger77


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to easy

tgentry


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notshown


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I know, I know; the Roomba thing has been beaten like a dead horse. Still, it's the first thing I came up with.



Sources:
Empty room: http://union.binghamton.edu/200.jpg
The Roomba: http://www.roomba.com.au/themes/roomba/images/product_1.jpg
Dirty Floor: http://www.rotary100.org/committees/Field_of_Dreams/Empty%20dirt%20field.jpg

Inspiration:
http://www.dougydoug.com/roomba1.jpg

tennisplayer121


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freakwithahat


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Apple's crazy prefixing of accessories has led to the point where nothing in the universe is safe. Following the groundbreaking debut of iEarth, iMoon, the more portable version of iEarth, which is the more portable version of iSun, was released. Apple has hinted at a possible iApocalypticComet.

Note: All products shown here work with iBook, MacBook, MacBook Pro, and anything with Mac or "i" in front of it.

Double Note: This was made on a Windows PC.

http://aa.usno.navy.mil/graphics/Moon_phases.jpg
http://www.jirkacech.com/images/ibook-G4-2005.jpg
http://www.pure-mirage.com/images/Gallery_Images/Maya/images/3d_Apple_Logo_102.jpg

KingWiley


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It's a little strange, sure, and barely fits in the rules, but I like it. I made it in paint, lol.
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KingWiley


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tgentry wrote:[Incredibly good Pepsi/Coke picture here]



C'mon man, not fair. At least give us a chance, lol. Seriously, though, amazing picture. Not sure if anyone will be able to top that. You must do this for a living, like, *cough* editing missile silos out of aerial photographs.

LKK


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tgentry wrote:Pepsi-Coke


Awesome work TG!

gitgraphic


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tgentry wrote:

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After that fantastic entry I may need to pass at the contest this week!

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greensnake


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snscomp


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I'm in.

Morrissey


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I was just going to post a picture of a Ford Pinto and be done with it, but I realized that would have just been a picture of a bad idea, not a compound bad idea. Will have to think on this some more

bluebledthesea


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TehCaspia wrote:So you mean imagine Apple? hmmm...



Actually, Apple has a huge number of third party accessories. This makes absolutely no sense.

wonderstew


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(Good work TG. I've also used that sxc smoke picture a million times ;) )

Shaving.

fszalay


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wonderstew wrote:




wow, I love that one. I totally thought of that myself, but I doubt it would have come out so well.

GimmeMyDamnWoot


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Jckatz


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great job!

plinth


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Oh man there are some terrific entries already. You guys are going to make me shoot for monkey aren't you?


guiseppi


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tgentry wrote:
Coke Glass



C'mon man, give the rest of us a chance.

It's hard to remain motivated after seeing a quality entry like this. Great job!

bluebledthesea


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Yea, I decided I'm just gonna keep on makin' them for myself. ;)



Bonus Points: Name that werewolf movie!

(I'm also wondering if I have that poorly calibrated black level...)

fszalay


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My first entry ever, and indeed my first photochop ever!

(yeah paint shop pro!)


please be gentle

sources: http://www.sz-wholesale.com/uploadFiles/17LCD%20Monitor%20with-FUTV1706_319.jpg
http://img172.exs.cx/img172/8923/slierror5eg.jpg
screen capture from my own browser

Josephus


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wonderstew wrote:

(Good work TG. I've also used that sxc smoke picture a million times ;) )



heh.

apost8n8


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Long time viewer... first time poster... Here goes my first entry

gitgraphic


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bluebledthesea


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tgentry wrote:soda



*golf clap*

Frankenroc


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Nice job, tgentry.

And the LORD said unto the chicken: "Go ye forth, and cross the road". And the chicken did go forth to cross the road, and there was much rejoicing.

wonderstew


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bluebledthesea wrote:Yea, I decided I'm just gonna keep on makin' them for myself. ;)



Bonus Points: Name that werewolf movie!

(I'm also wondering if I have that poorly calibrated black level...)



Very funny Blue!

Blacks look good.

As for the movie.... "Cheaper by the Werewolf" ?

Shaving.

bluebledthesea


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wonderstew wrote:
Very funny Blue!
Blacks look good.
As for the movie.... "Cheaper by the Werewolf" ?



Haha, thanks... Not it, but I'd love to see that movie anyway! Steve Martin chasing twelve werewolf children around and trying to get them on the bus... Instant classic.

timebomb13


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Josephus wrote:
hmm. Apparently Jason is drunk again.



If Jason is drunk, of course, he can only drink Monkey Prize wine from Woot Cellars.



My apologizes to the person who first created Jason Bunny.

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peglegwookie


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apost8n8 wrote:Long time viewer... first time poster... Here goes my first entry



This wouldn't be a normal contest without sexual references lol.

Pixel8


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bluebledthesea wrote:Yea, I decided I'm just gonna keep on makin' them for myself. ;)



Ha, ha, me too. Keep them comin'.


If I can get someone to soil themselves I will able to sleep tonight.

timebomb13


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tgentry wrote:

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wonderstew wrote:



As always, you guys just plain ROCK. Is going to be hard to beat these two. Oh well, for me, at least, it is just for fun.

Keep the good stuff coming, guys!