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US-centric: The New York Times food critic Eric Asimov rounds up 10 great wines you can purchase for $10 measly dollars or less. If you want to be that classy host with the good taste in wine but you don't have all that much cash to do it, this list looks like a good starting point. What you get won't necessarily blow you away, but they also won't blow your budget. To make it easier on you, here's the list in its entirety:

Casa Cadaval Portugal Ribatejano , $8.99, *** Domaine de l'Ameillaud France , $9, ** ½ Viña Gormaz Spain Ribera del Duero , $9, ** Georges Duboeuf France , $9, ** Altas Cumbres Argentina Mendoza , $9, ** Wyatt California Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 , $10, ** J. Vidal-Fleury France , $10, ** Domaine Monte de Luz , $7, ** Ravenswood California Vintner's Blend , $10, ** Paringa , $9, * ½

Happiness for $10 or Less

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US-centric: Find a local merchant fast with web application FastCall411, a tool that calls multiple businesses at one time and then connects you to the first business to pick up. FastCall411's goal is to put an end to the days of flipping through your Yellow Pages calling one business at a time until you finally get ahold of someone. Right now the app only supports limited areas and services (I can only quickly get ahold of a plumber in Los Angeles), but in time it should have a pretty robust list of service offerings. If you happen to see a merchant you like in the search, you can also tell FastCall411 to dial only that merchant. Right now FastCall411 has a little way to go, but in time it could be an interesting and useful service. Alternately—if you're feeling lonely—you could just use the demo on the front page to call up three of your friends and talk to the first one that answers.

FastCall411

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Personal growth blogger Peter says that before we get overly ambitious, we should apply some basic rules to our daily living. We can improve our outlook on life by defining our successes, having a positive attitude, and by getting a grasp on our health, wealth, and relationships. Here are a few of my favourite tidbits:

An open mind: some of our beliefs and actions are so ingrained that we automatically disregard any evidence that we should think or act otherwise. Keep an open mind, and you may just come across a better way of seeing or doing things.

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Stop your headache before it starts by following MSNBC's eight daily reminders designed to help you nip any potential headaches in the bud, starting with:

7 a.m.: Abide the alarm Snoozing in for more than an hour can disrupt your sleep-wake cycle, and anything that tinkers with your body's natural rhythms may prime you for pain.... Commit to waking up (and going to bed) at the same time every day -- yes, that includes weekends, too.

The article also suggests sticking with your caffeine habit (though it will just perpetuate the problem), adjusting your posture, drinking lots of water and exercise—among other headache savers. Photo by powerbooktrance.

How to stop a headache before it starts

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US-centric: Free cell phone service Dial DIR-ECT-IONS (347-328-4667) sends driving directions to your phone via SMS. Just call their number and step through the voice-activated menus, telling it where you want to go and where you're starting from. You should receive a text message on your phone a few seconds after you hang up detailing turn-by-turn directions from your start point to your end point. It's no substitute for a fancy Google Maps application or GPS, but if you have neither it's a simple and useful way to get quick directions on the go. The service currently only works in these nine cities with more on the way.

Dial DIR-ECT-IONS

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It's week one of our Desktop Show and Tell series, and today we're looking at our readers' Windows desktops. We've got tons of tweaked-out, streamlined and gorgeous Windows desktops to show off, so check out this week's gallery for a look at some of the best submissions we received and find out how each desktop look was achieved.

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Ryan Paul blogged at ars technica about a relatively simple way in which people who'd like to help improve Firefox 3 can get involved in testing the software.

"To participate in a test day, download the latest Firefox 3 nightly build from the Mozilla FTP server, join the #testday IRC channel on irc.mozilla.org, and use Mozilla's Litmus quality assurance tool to run test cases."

Mozilla's quality assurance community site has announced a series of test days for specific sets of features. September 7: Extension manager and content handling September 14: Bookmarks and history September 21: OS integration and site-specific preferences There's more information available on how to get involved with Mozilla here.

Becoming a part of the Firefox quality assurance process