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 easy way to backup your vinyl

Vinyl fanatics and archive enthusiasts can preserve their vinyl collections with a USB turntable from Innovative Technology. Digitizing your records will allow you to transfer your files to your favorite MP3 player and also add them to your existing digital collection.

The wave of the future has arrived where collectors are converting their vinyl records, cassettes, VHS tapes, and DVDs to file formats that can be stored on large hard drives making them easier to share, organize and access. By backing up your records with a USB turntable, your records will stay in optimal condition from not being played too often and retain their value as gems in your music collection or the next owner’s.

Turntables can be difficult to locate for reasonable prices, but the Innovative Technology ITUT-201 is currently on sale for $50. You probably won’t be able to find a USB turntable for this excellent price any time soon. Not only do you have the ability to play your wax on this turntable, you can output the audio to your computer and cut the tracks with the included Audacity editing and recording software.

If you’re thinking about collecting vinyl or need to replace your old turntable, then consider this inexpensive solution to fulfill your audiophilia. The thought of lugging around a crate full of records is redonculous with the portable audio devices that flood the electronics market today. Whether you have singles or albums exclusively released on vinyl or just searching for the most efficient way to convert your record collection, this popular device should be the next addition to your arsenal. Something tells me that vinyl elitists are going to hear about this deal very soon if they haven’t already, so you’d better act quick before they sell out.

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?

the filet-o-fish jingle + lyrics

In 2009, McDonald’s aired a television commercial featuring a Big Mouth Billy Bass-type character named Frankie the Fish. This “copyfish” sang an annoying jingle to a Casio keyboard-quality tune and made its way into our heads like a parasite.

With Lent going on right now, many restaurants have brought back their fish, shrimp, and seafood menu items. Mickey D’s has been promoting their Filet-O-Fish® with the accompanying jingle returning to the airwaves.

If you have been living in a cave for the past month, have never heard it, or want to make your ears bleed, then push Play to hear this infamous jingle:


McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish® Jingle
by Frankie the Fish

Recorded from 101.5 KROX FM on 2010-03-16 with a Mambo Clamp.

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McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish® Jingle Lyrics

Gimme back that Filet-O-Fish®!
Gimme that fish! (ah!)

Gimme back that Filet-O-Fish®!
Gimme that fish!

What if it were you hanging up on this wall?
If it were you in that sandwich, you wouldn’t be laughing at all!

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Modern Soapbox and all of its affiliates are not sponsored by and do not endorse McDonald’s, the Filet-O-Fish® sandwich, and the no-talent ass clown Frankie the Fish. This post has been provided for information and entertainment purposes only.

the extra portable 4gb usb flash drive

The world of portable electronics keeps shrinking… literally. If you like to travel around with your netbook and require an easy way to get data off it to either share with someone or print something off, then the Kingston 4GB DataTraveler mini slim USB flash drive on sale for $10 is calling your name.

USB flash drives have become very affordable for the amount of data they hold these days. Although their design already makes them pocket-size solutions, this particular model is the next level in the DataTraveler.

Do you want to print off some digital photos at a kiosk to frame or put on the fridge? Just copy them to your mini USB flash drive and take them to be printed. Don’t waste your time or your CD-Rs burning the data.

Maybe you’d like to share some music or video files with a friend and want to transfer them as fast as possible. The speed of USB 2.0 will let you do this quickly and efficient. You risk a glitch in the connection when sharing wirelessly and would have to start the process all over again. Plus, think about how long it’d take to transfer 4GB over a network versus copying them using your DataTraveler from one machine to another.