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the 375gb of storage for only $20

Your data collection is stacking high. The DVD+R spindles and disc wallets have been cluttering for years. Consider a modern, inexpensive and more portable solution to storing your most important files. Blu-ray is the new mainstream form of storage which have garnered popularity as the replacement for DVD’s.

The usual cheap DVD recordable discs store a 4.7GB. The usual standard BD-R media store 25GB. The surfaces of DVDs have a tendency to scratch. Blu-ray discs have a protective coating to prevent scratching. 100 DVDs take up more physical space that 19 Blu-ray discs. That’s more than 5x more space for a similar amount of storage.

Sure, 25 Blu-rays will get only get you 375GB and TB hard drives are becoming more and more affordable. Quality 1TB hard drives hover in the $100 price range. 1TB worth of BD-R media will only cost less than a third. That means 3x the space for the sale price.

Blu-rays can hold multiple DVD ISO files and other gigantic files. BD-R media can also be easily sent in envelopes whereas hard drives are usually packaged in larger boxes. 1 BD-R transports a little more than the space of 5 DVD+R’s.

Time to upgrade your optical drive hardware. You need a BD-R media writer. It’s time to consolidate. It’s time to enjoy larger storage solutions. A more durable, portable backup solution awaits its acceptance.

the neon tsetse fly

Howdy, Summer. Your UV rays and unbearable heat have returned. grrr.

My summer learning session is halfway over. These weeks go by fast, and the weekends only go by faster. All I do is sleep, work, learn, think, view, brainstorm, plan, participate, design, and respect these days. That’s A-OK. I’m sure that’s not all I do, but I’d say it’s my Bloom’s Taxonomy of My Daily Routine.

You have to do what you have to do to make that bread.

the necessary road trip companion

Whenever we take a road trip, we make sure that an FM radio transmitter is in our vehicle. Shuffling around CDs is an outdated form of listening to music quickly on the way to joining cassettes and 8-tracks.

Almost every music connoisseur that walks the planet owns an MP3 player whether its a pocket-sized device like an iPod, a mobile computer, a smartphone, or a media center. Not every car has an auxiliary port. This is where the FM radio transmitter bridges today’s electronics with the tried and true functionality of a car stereo system.

This useful device powers on with two AAA batteries or the included  cigarette lighter with an adapter. The stereo jack plugs into your MP3 player where your headphones usually go. Turn on the radio in your car. Tune the radio to the station set on the transmitter. Press play on your MP3 player, and your custom radio station fills the airwaves around you.

Is an actual radio station interrupting your better music? Press the button on the transmitter and select an open frequency. Your CD player now exists only to collect dust. Your entire music collection can be digitized and downloaded to your super cool MP3 player and you can beam the superior sounds through your car stereo with a transmitter.

A must-have toy like this might cost somewhere around $10-$20 since that seems to be the asking price these days for add-on gadgets of this magnitude. Try the marvelous sale price of $4.99. Not only that, it’ll be shipped directly to you for no extra charge.

If you own an automobile and an MP3 player, then you must own an FM radio transmitter. Not having one in your G-ride is the only shortcoming keeping you from being able to enjoy every MP3 you own while you’re behind the wheel or riding along.

the june bugs return


This June bug was buzzing around the corner of the living room behind the fish tank.

June already?

the elimination of standby power

The old saying goes, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” An easy way to save money is to optimize your use of electricity. With the country thinking “greener,” energy conservation has been an ongoing trend lately.

Eliminating standby power using a surge protector with remote switch is a simple solution that will help reduce your electricity bill. With an attractive sale price of $30, the opportunity has arrived to get a current surge protector with denting your wallet too bad. Belkin includes six remotely switched outlets and two always on outlets with this surge protector. You won’t have to worry about disconnecting your router.

The slim design is a space saver, and the sliding covers help prevent accidents from occurring with the outlets. Surge protectors keep your electronics working in case an electrical surge runs through your home’s wiring, so owning one is a wise investment.

The remote switch is a new addition. Instead of having to access a tight space the surge protector might be located in, a simple push of a button on the remote will switch off the unused outlets. Think of the plugs you might keep inserted into outlets that you may only use once a day or even once a week. Most chargers close the circuit and consume electricity. LCD monitors, HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and even your desktop computer use electricity on standby.

Simply remember to switch off a surge protector when the connected devices are not being used is a great contribution to energy conservation that will eventually pay for itself.

the summer of cognitive enhancement

This past 3-day weekend was very relaxing and much needed. To make my hours at work, I had to work a couple extra hours each day this workweek. Thank goodness tomorrow’s Friday. This weekend’s gonna be extra busy then back to the usual grind too soon after.

My 9-week summer session started up this week. I’m taking a class online and a classroom+lab class. I see this semester whizzing by since it ends during the last week of July. The two courses I am taking are much more interesting than the previous semester. I’m still waiting on a couple books to arrive in the mail, but they should be here this upcoming week.

Books can cost upwards of $100 or more each, but I usually expect to get my college books for these prices:

If you can’t read the total price, it reads $22.71. College books don’t retain their value at all.

I’m up way too late right now, but I’m really looking forward to Saturday if all goes well. Roller coasters + more BBQ! Peace out.

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.