Originally created 09/17/06

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HIGH-DEF DVD UNITS GET TEPID RESPONSE

High-definition DVDs are supposed to provide sharp, widescreen images to fill the nation's more than 30 million hd television sets. After much anticipation, however, the competing formats have debuted to a big yawn.

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WORK WARDROBES TELL THE INNER YOU

Whether you prefer khakis and a sweater vest or a pinstriped suit, your office threads speak volumes about your personality, according to one survey by theladders.com, an online recruiting resource.

Traditionally dressed employees are perceived as more senior level, 70 percent of surveyed executives said, while 60 percent said that they're taken more seriously.

"Presenting yourself in the best possible light, whether you're dressed for a relaxed or formal environment, can help to boost your confidence level," said Marc Cenedella, the CEO at theladders.com, which surveyed 2,245 executives in August.

The top fashion faux pas, according to the survey, included too revealing clothing, flip-flops, jeans and sleeveless shirts.

REWARD POINTS CAN BE PAIN TO REDEEM

Mothers might have one of the most rewarding life professions, but they often fail to reward themselves with their credit card points programs, according to a recent survey.

Of the 539 mothers surveyed by Disney Credit Card Services, a unit of Walt Disney Co., 41 percent use a rewards credit card. More than half have yet to redeem any points.

Fifty-five percent haven't redeemed their points because they feel they haven't earned enough.

Nearly one-third are frustrated by reward restrictions such as blackout dates, high point thresholds and limited availability to use rewards for flights and hotel rooms.

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