Archive for November 2012

Check Your Time-Warner Bill if You Bought a Modem

imageLast month I told you how to save $3.95 a month on your Time-Warner bill by purchasing your own modem.  Well, it turns out if you actually want to SAVE that $3.95, you better check the next month’s bill, because I just checked mine and surprise – they charged me the lease fee!  I called Time-Warner and they apologized and made the adjustment for this month and part of last month.  So of course, I’ll need to double-check next month’s bill to be sure the adjustment sticks.

So be sure to check your bill.  If you bought a modem and are still being charged, call Time-Warner at 512-485-5555 (that’s the Austin number.)

Deal: Dell Laptop for $399 With Core i5 Processor

imageThis is the best price I’ve ever seen for a Dell laptop with an Intel Core i5 processor.  Best Buy has this Dell Inspiron with a 720p HD 15.6” screen, 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, built-in wireless and Bluetooth, webcam, media card reader, 3 USB ports, an HDMI port so you can connect it directly to your television and it comes with Windows 8.

The i5 processor is going to give you better performance than the i3 processors you typically see in a laptop at this price.

It appears (at least in the Austin area) that it is only available online and not in the stores.  Here’s the link:

Great Deal on a Lenovo Laptop

imageOfficeMax has the Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 on sale for only $479!  Lenovo makes some of the best laptops around (they bought the IBM PC division several years ago.)  They still make great computers and here is one that very recently you would have paid $600 for.  This has an Intel Core i5 processor (VERY nice) , 15.6” screen, 500 GB hard drive, 6GB of memory, webcam, 2 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports (USB 3.0 is the newer, MUCH faster USB specification.)  Oh, it has a great keyboard also (you’ll appreciate it once you type on it.)

You absolutely won’t go wrong with this laptop.  If there is a downside, it comes with the newest version of Windows (Windows 8) which I’m not wild about, but it very easy to get to a more familiar interface, so don’t let it put you off.

Here’s the link to their web site – it’s available in many stores too so you can touch it first:

Save Money on Ink – Get a Laser Printer for $60

imageAny of you with ink-jet printers know all too well how expensive ink is for your printer.  Even when just printing a document with black text, many printer actually use some color ink as well.  If you print many documents or just anything that’s black and white, and inexpensive laser printer can pay for itself in a year just from the money you’ll save on that expensive ink.

Newegg has this Brother HL-2240D on sale for $60.  It prints on both sides to save you paper, and you’ll find toner much cheaper than ink.  The cartridge might be a little more expensive up front but it will last a LOT longer that a black ink cartridge (for $40 you can get a toner cartridge that can print approx. 12,000 pages.)  Another advantage is that laser printers are fast – this one prints up to 24 pages per minute.  This is NOT a wireless printer, so you’ll need to connect it via USB to your computer.  Keep your ink-jet printer for color printing, but if it’s just black and white, switch to the laser printer.

Here’s the link to the printer:

Summer Is Over, Cold Weather is Here – Stay in Tonight and Update Your PC

imageWhat else would you do on the second Tuesday of the month?  Microsoft has published lots of updates and if you have automatic updates turned on, your PC should update today, but if you see the yellow shield or blue icon in your task tray you’ll need to manually do it.

Now, updated from Microsoft should come as no surprise to any of you, and hopefully updates throughout the month for Java, Adobe Reader and Flash won’t be a surprise either.  If you ever see any of imagethese icons in your task tray, be sure to click on it and do the update.  These security updates will help keep your system secure, putting them off would be a BAD idea.

The “Black Friday” Ads are Coming Out!!!!/img/httpImage/image.jpgFirst, if you don’t know what “Black Friday” means, that’s the day after Thanksgiving that many retailers would go “into the black”, hence the term.  Now it’s even creeping into Thanksgiving Day itself.  Hey, it is what it is.

So, it’s you’re a crazy deal shopper and getting up early doesn’t bother you, then here you go…. has most of the ads you’re looking for.  Many of them are the actual scans of the ads you’ll see in the papers.  Go to to see what the upcoming deals might be.  Even I can’t keep up with them all.

Deal: 16GB Nexus 7 Tablet for $199

imageThe Nexus 7 is probably the best 7” tablet on the market today, and Walmart has the 16GB version on sale for $199 ($50 off.)  It runs the very latest version of the Android operating system (Jelly Bean.)  It has a quad-core processor, wi-fi, bluetooth, can display 720p HD video and weighs a little under 12 oz.

Here’s the link:

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