Archive for November 2010

DEAL: Huge 27.5” Monitor for $259 – Free Shipping

imageThis is a one-day special for today (Cyber Monday – the Monday after Thanksgiving) from Newegg for a great deal on a really big 27.5” monitor.  It has VGA, DVI and HDMI inputs so it will take whatever you have for a source, computer or DVD player.  The resolution is 1920×1200 which in my opinion is just an ideal size for computers, not too wide and not too tall (I wish my own monitors were this resolution.)  And more good news, it comes with a 3-year warranty.  Don’t expect to get a better deal before Christmas on a monitor this size.  Here’s the link:

Get Your Kids a Postcard From Santa via Your Phone

imageIf you have an Android or iPhone, you can download an app that lets you send a personalized postcard from “Santa”.  You can select from a variety of photos of Santa for the front, and then enter a personal note from Santa and the address to send it to.  The app is free to download and each postcard is $1.99 (that includes postage anywhere in the world.)  Here’s the site:  The iPhone version is available in the app store, the Android version is available in the marketplace or just point your phone’s barcode scanner at this QR code: image

Gift Buying Tips for the Photographer in Your Life

imagePC World has a nice article on gift ideas for the casual photographer you would like to get do something nice for.  A serious photographer probably won’t be impressed with something from this article, but at least these ideas are inexpensive.

Five Ways to Not Suck at PowerPoint

imageIf you use PowerPoint in school or in business, you’re probably guilty of having a less than stellar presentation at one time or another.  Lifehacker has come to the rescue with tips to help you design a PowerPoint presentation that won’t confuse or bore your audience.

DEAL: 27.5” Monitor – $250

imageIf you need a BIG monitor, here’s one for you.  Tiger Direct has this 27.5” monitor for $250, that’s about what you’d pay for a 25” monitor on sale.  It’s a big 1920×1200 resolution and has both VGA and HDMI inputs.

Here’s the link:

DEAL: Buy As Many As You Can: Epson Printer $29

imageEven at my favorite place to buy ink ( the printer is cheaper than the ink.  So buy a bunch of these, use the ink from the boxes and donate the printers (while taking the tax deduction.)  Office Depot has this printer for under half-price, and you don’t have to wait for Black Friday to take advantage of the deal.  This is a basic all-in-one printer from Epson.  The NX 305 prints, scans, copies and faxes.  It has a 30 page sheet feeder and has four separate ink cartridges, so you only replace the color that needs replacing.  I’m a big fan of Epson printers, and if you need a printer to handle the kid’s homework, or just a second printer to save steps across the house, this is a good choice.  Here’s the link to Epson’s web site for full details on the printer: and here’s the link to Office Depot’s page for the deal:

Now You Can Give E-Books as a Gift

imageAmazon is now allowing you to give Kindle e-books as gifts.  So if you know someone with a Kindle (or the Kindle app on their phone/iPad) or know someone who is getting one for Christmas, now you can give a book to go along with it.  If they would like to return the book, they get exchange it for an Amazon gift certificate and use it for another book if they wish.  Many top sellers like John Grisham’s “The Confession” can be purchased for $9.99.  Here’s the link to Amazon’s page:

DEAL: Canon Wireless Printer – $40

imageNewegg has a refurbished Canon Pixma MP980 for only $40 with free shipping.  This is a wireless multi-function printer that prints, copies and scans, prints on both sides of the paper and can print directly from a camera’s flash memory card.  Since it’s wireless you don’t have to plug it into any one computer, just connect it to your wireless network and all your computers, Mac and PC can print to it.  It comes with a 90-day warranty but for $10 you can get a 2-year replacement warranty, pretty sweet deal.

Deal: Windows 7 3-User Pack – $119

imageHere’s another reminder that if you’re consider upgrading to Windows 7, now’s the time to get it at a great price.  No one knows how long Microsoft will continue to offer the family pack, so go in with a friend if you need to and split the cost.  When the family pack goes away, it will cost $119 for just ONE license.  If you have Vista you are 95% sure to be able to run Windows 7, Windows XP users maybe 50/50.  Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from to make sure your system is ready.  If it is, get this deal from Dell and save $30 over the normal price for the family pack:

E-Book Readers: Kindle vs. Nook


If you’re a reader, then you’ve probably been intrigued by the e-book readers like Amazon’s Kindle and the Barnes and Noble Nook.  Maybe you’ve got a reader in your family, here’s a gift to think about.  PC Magazine has done a side-by-side comparison of the various e-book readers including features, dimensions and price.  You’ll find it here:

The Paranoid’s Guide to Facebook

imagePC World published a great article on securing your Facebook account and making sure that only people you want see the stuff you do, and also what others can share about you.  If you use Facebook, I highly recommend you take the time to read the article and check all your settings.

In addition, if you think your account has been hacked or you may have been tricked into giving away your login information, I have a video on YouTube showing you step by step how to change your password in 60 seconds:

Really Realistic Computer Generated Graphics!

imageIt’s really a little hard to believe, but NOTHING filmed in this commercial is real – it was completely generated by computer start to finish.  How long until we start seeing realistic “actors” in movies who are nothing more than computer generated bits and bytes.

Check this out…

Get Vlingo for Your Smartphone – Free

imageVlingo is a very cool app that makes it really easy to get things done on your phone.  Just launch Vlingo and say “Call Mary Jones” and boom, there is Mary Jones and all her phone numbers, just pick the number you want to dial.  “Well MY PHONE CAN DO THAT you say?”  OK, launch Vlingo and say “Find Olive Garden.”  Since “Olive Garden” isn’t in your contact list, Vlingo searches the web, finds it a shows you the Olive Gardens closest to you.  Pick the one you want and it will ask if you want to call it, find it on the map, drive to it using GPS or search the web.  Still not impressed?  Then launch Vlingo and say “Email MARY JONES, subject HOW ARE YOU MY FRIEND, message I JUST WANTED TO CHECK IN AND SEE HOW YOU WERE DOING THIS WEEK.  I’M USING VLINGO AND REALLY LIKE IT.”

Vlingo also has an even cooler feature (for some phones) called Vlingo In-Car where you can just speak all your commands, Vlingo will even read back text messages you receive – all hands free!

Vlingo has versions for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows and some feature phones (phones that are not “smart” enough to be called smart phones.)

Check out Vlingo’s web site at

Have You Found Any Easter Eggs Lately?

imageWhy am I writing about Easter eggs approaching the holiday season?  Because Easter eggs aren’t just the cheerfully colored chicken eggs hidden during the spring, Easter eggs are also fun little secrets that programmers sometimes insert into their programs, DVD’s and web sites.  Here are a few examples of Easter eggs you can see for yourself…

Google Maps: Go go Google Maps and click on “Get Directions”.  In “A” enter “Japan”, in “B” enter “China”.  Down below you’ll see step by step directions – scroll down and read step 43.

Windows XP: Open up Notepad.  Type “Bush hid the facts”.  Save the file with any name and close it.  Now re-open it and you’ll see it didn’t like what you typed.

Firefox: Open a blank page in Firefix.  In the address bar (where you would normally see http://www……) type just this: “about:robots” (without the quotes.)

DVD’s: There are lots of web sites that show how how to find hidden Easter eggs in DVD’s, try going to, and  See if one of your DVD’s has an Easter egg in it.

DEAL: Toshiba 15.6” Laptop with i3 Processor–$449.99

imageI know I’ve published several deals the last few months for laptops at $399, and for basic web surfing, email, etc. they ARE good deals.  Mostly they’ve used the older Pentium Dual Core processors, which will do a fine job but just aren’t the latest.  Well, Best Buy has this Toshiba laptop with the current i3 processor for only $50 more than the older models.  With it you get a faster processor, a faster “subsystem” (how the various components talk to each other) and an LED backlit screen (the older models use fluorescent lighting, LED lighting is MUCH more reliable and long lasting.)

These are nice laptops.  As of the time of this post they are backordered, so if it’s not available online, try going into your local Best Buy store and get a “rain check” so you can get it at this price.  I don’t think you’ll see a much lower price during this holiday season for a comparable laptop.  Here’s the link:

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