the cordless revolution

Connecting to the World Wide Web using a wireless connection is all the rage these days. Always on the go with smartphones and touchscreens within reach is what America’s society grasps as one of the preferred forms of efficient time management. Communication is more convenient with the absence of wires, so consider the way your workstation and desk area are set up. Do wires disturb your workspace?

Maybe a hardware upgrade is coming soon if you don’t already use a cordless keyboard and mouse to manage your daily computing intake. Optimize your physical desk space and save yourself the headache of untangling wires to keep your area tidy. Logitech offers a classy option to cordless freedom with their MX 5500 now on sale. This cordless set up utilizes Bluetooth technology and maintains connectivity from up to 30 feet.

Imagine relaxing on the couch and surfing the web on your HDTV. You wouldn’t want wires getting in the way of your lounging experience. The sleek design of the Logitech keyboard and mouse and all of the bells and whistles to make it worth your while is contained in this package waiting to excite you. If you’re in the market to upgrade your current mouse and keyboard, then consider settling on a Logitech solution.

the 30gb solid state drive for under $80

Kingston is well-known for their high-quality memory solutions, and their solid state drives are no exception. This newer design in permanent storage is becoming mainstream in mobile computing replacing the traditional hard drive.

With no moving mechanical parts and a SATA interface, SSDNow drives provide faster and more reliable data transfer. They also use less energy and create less noise and heat making them a greener solution in storage. The shock resistance makes them more reliable and longer lasting than standard hard drives.

For new technology and enough disk space for your operating system and application software, this is a great deal for any computer that supports SATA and could use a boost in performance. Drive failure is unacceptable. With a life expectancy of 500,000 hours mean time before failure, you will have the peace of mind knowing that your data will be around for the life of your computer or even longer.

Included in this bundle are the cables, the solid state drive, mounting brackets for desktops, and software to transfer data from your existing hard drive quickly and easily. This drive also comes with a 3-year warranty. They’re currently on sale for $103 but include a $30 rebate + free shipping dropping the total price to under $80. Place your order now because they will sell out at this price.

the $200 netbook search continues

Netbooks have become a mainstream form of communication for everyone on the go. Similar to their pocket-size cousins smartphones, netbooks provide easy access to the information portal that has integrated itself into our everyday lives, the internet.

With the state of economy and the rising popularity of mobile devices, finding a sale on netbooks can be a challenge. Netbooks have much better configurations than they did a couple years ago. With Intel Atom technology, at least 1GB of RAM, decent size hard drives, and the beloved Windows 7 operating system, finding a netbook under $200 is almost non-existent.

Fortunately with an Acer netbook with Windows 7, the $250 price tag gives you the best bang for your buck. The AOD250 has all of the features an average user would need to do their daily online activities while benefiting from the mobility of this netbook:

  • the Intel Atom processor for enhanced battery life
  • 1GB RAM to comfortably run applications and browse the web
  • a 160GB of disk space that’s more than enough to carry around
  • a webcam
  • wireless capability
  • Windows 7 for optimal performance and eye candy

Personally, I’m searching for a desktop replacement when my current notebook throws in the towel for good. I would recommend investing in this notebook if you’ve been seeking an inexpensive solution to being one of the coolest cats at the coffee shop with his sweet netbook or just needing something you can carry around easily that’ll allow you to access your email and favorite social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook.

the human machine

The end of the Spring semester approaches signaling the completion of 25% of my short-term goal. I should be done with the first stage about a year from now. I’m following a path that I should have chosen ten years ago, but this past decade was spent discovering life.

Now that my twenties are almost over, the stage of my life where I need to be a responsible adult has taken over my existence. The monotony of everyday life sprinkled with happiness has become my personal routine. As mundane as that sounds, I actually enjoy the redundancy.

The schedule goes a little something like this for the next couple weeks until I get a couple weeks off before the Summer semester begins: Mondays thru Thursdays are occupied with my full-time day job and school in the evenings. Fridays are celebrated, because I just have an eight-hour shift followed by a relaxing evening and the weekend ahead. Saturdays and Sundays fly by, because I do whatever I want with them unless the calendar tells me otherwise.

At work, I plug into my workstation from 7am to 3pm with a couple breaks during that time. I’m connected to a machine which is connected to another machine which is connected to yet another machine and who knows how many more machines until you’ve reached the backbone of this vast network that records our lives.

When I am not in front of this type of device that you’re using to read this, I am living. Go do the same. You’re better than this.

the 2tb hard drive and dock bundle

Hard drives are continuously getting larger and less expensive, so a lack of disk space isn’t really a burden to anyone these days. Filling up a 2TB hard drive with new data would take some effort from an average user.

Data integrity and reliability are important factors in maintaining a high-quality digital filing system. Two hard drives on a RAID dock provide a step above everyday storage. This precaution may seem like a costly upgrade, but an easy setup like this will cost around as much as getting the hard drives themselves.

Hard drives can be hot-swapped to have a rotation of storage with a USB 2.0 dock. If you deal with crazy amounts of data, then you might be burdened with hard drives all over the place. $160 will get you a 2TB SATA II hard drive and a 2-bay hot-swappable dock to get you started on the road to building up an even bigger data collection.

Storage issues are nearly obsolete with larger capacities being readily available and on sale. Once you’ve filled a terabyte, then you’re ready to fill another one. All of your documents, music, photos, video, and miscellaneous files will all fit on a 2TB hard drive and then some.

the bizarro bit.ly url shortener

Bit.ly is one of the more well-known URL shorteners among the Twitter community. TinyURL is another popular URL shortening service. TinyURL. The main purpose of a URL shortener is to conserve characters which is very useful for tweeting due to the the 140-character limit.

These two services have been used so much that the URLs have grown. Bit.ly’s shortened URL is currently up to 20 characters, and TinyURLs have reached 26 characters. Many other URL shorteners populate the webosphere, but one in particular has caught my attention.

u_n33t
This unique URL shortener is fairly new to the scene and provides Bitly-size URLs. Just plug in your long URL and a compact URL is immediately delivered to share in tweets, email, and txt messages. If you’re searching for a simple URL shortener from another universe, then you’re a click away.

the western digital caviar green 1.5tb hard drive

Every time I browse hard drives, I keep finding them on sale for less with more disk space. When investing in large storage devices, I only trust Western Digital to provide me with reliable solutions.

Western Digital’s popular line of Caviar hard drives has added energy-efficient models within the past few years. They use less power while performing as well as the others. The 1.5TB hard drive is priced at ~$100 right now which is an irresistible deal.

1.5TB may seem like too much space for the average user, but if you knew what you could do with that much space, then you would probably want to own one around this size. Back up your entire DVD collection and stream the ISOs over your network to your Xbox 360 or PS3 and save time not having to rummage through physical discs and keep them organized. Convert all your home movies to video files and preserve them forever.

The Blu-ray revolution is in full force now, and the technology is now available to allow home users to burn their own Blu-ray discs. The average recordable Blu-ray discs hold 25GB, and a 50GB capacity is also available. Keeping that in mind and knowing that one terabyte is ~1000GB, you’d only be able to store ~60 25GB Blu-ray discs on a 1.5TB hard drive. That makes a 320GB hard drive seem tiny now, doesn’t it?