Friday, August 07, 2009

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals offers the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. HDT721010SLA360, to $74.99 with free shipping. This $10 mail-in rebate chops it to $64.99 ($0.07/GB). . It features a 16MB cache, runs at 7200 rpm offers the Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. HD103UJ, for $83.99 with free shipping. Coupon code "SUPERSTEAL10" drops it to $73.99 ($0.07/GB). That's tied with our mention from July and the lowest total price we've ever seen for this hard drive. This 3.5" drive features a 32MB cache and runs at 7200 rpm

HP Pavilion a6724c Desktop, Phenom-8550 2.2GHz, 6GB, 640GB, DVD+/-R/RW, GeForce 9100, HD audio, Keyboard and Mouse, Vista Home Premium - Factory Refurbished FREE SHIPPING price: $379

FREEware DriveImage XML 2.10
Images are stored in XML files, allowing you to process them with 3rd party tools. Never again be stuck with a useless backup! Restore images to drives without having to reboot. DriveImage XML runs under Windows XP Home, XP Professional and Windows Server 2003 only. The program will backup, image and restore drives formatted with FAT 12, 16, 32 and NTFS ( has the Thermaltake BlacX Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station w/ eSATA for a low $19.99 Free Shipping after rebate. This is the higher-end model, which connects any 2.5" or 3.5" internal SATA hard drive to a USB 2.0 or eSATA port. $15 rebate Exp 8/14/09

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Your Price: $159.99
With Promo Code EMCLWLT22 trimmed its price on the Auria 23.6" 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor, model no. EQ236, to $159.99 with free shipping. native resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p), integrated speakers, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m² brightness, 5ms response time, one HDMI input, and both DVI and VGA inputs. Rebate ends August 9 TODAY

Deals at BestBuy:
Laptops starting at $350 [Exp 8/15]
5% - 46% Off Select Printers [Exp 8/15]
Desktop Packages starting at $350 [Exp 8/15]
$30 - $100 Off Select GPS Receivers [Exp 8/15]
20% Off Select Laptop Bags and Mice [Exp 10/31]
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 for $100 [Exp 8/15]
Free $15 iTunes Gift Card with Select Western Digital Hard Drives [Exp 8/15]
10% Off Select Antennas and Flat-Panel TV Mounts [Exp 8/15]
10% Off Select Accessories with Any Netbook [Exp 8/29]
5% - 33% Off Select Digital Camcorders [Exp 8/15]
Free $15 Gift Card with 8GB iPod touch [Exp 8/15]
5% - 17% Off Select Digital Cameras [Exp 8/15]
5% - 15% Off Select HDTVs [Exp 12/31]
10% Off All Bose Headphones [Exp 8/22]
$6.99 DVD Sale [Exp 8/29]
$9.99 - $14.99 Blu-ray Movie Sale [Exp 8/15]
$14.99 DVD and $24.99 Blu-ray Movie Sale [Exp 8/29]
$10 Off Any Video Game $29.99 and Up with Select Video Game Pre-Orders [Exp 8/15]
$10 Off 12-Month Live with Madden NFL 10 for Xbox 360 [Exp 8/15] (Starts 8/14)
Free $25 Gift Card with Xbox 360 Pro Gaming Console [Exp 8/15]
10% Off Select Upright Vacuums $99 and Up [Exp 8/15]
5% - 10% Off Select Major Appliances [Exp 8/15]
Free $5 Gift Card with TV on DVD [Exp 8/15]
$12.99 - $19.99 TV on DVD Sale [Exp 8/29]

Judge rebukes SCO, blocks sale, appoints bankruptcy trustee

You were wondering what has been happening in the SCO case, haven't you? Well, SCO is still on life support.

"These bankruptcy cases have been pending for 23 months. Were the Court to approve the Sale Motion, Debtors sole business would be the Litigation, putting aside the Mobility business which is of de minimis value. There would be no plan of reorganization and instead, all that the Debtors would have to show for their millions of dollars of post-petition losses is the Litigation," the Judge wrote.

Comcast adopts DNS hijacking, imposes irritating opt-out

Despite knowing the ways in which DNS hijacking can cause problems for non-Web clients, Comcast has rolled it out in an attempt to make money off misspelled URLs. To make matters worse, opting out is a hassle

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Gmail flaw shows value of strong passwords

This article made a true believer out of me. I just beefed up my Gmail password. After reading it you may want to, too. I think some of her suggestions carry things to extremes, but I also think that putting a stronger password in Gmail is a good thing to do.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

OnComputers Radio show Podcast 08-02-09

This is the On Computers Radio show podcast for 08-02-09. You can listen live every Sunday from 10AM to 1PM Pacific that's 1PM to 4PM Eastern. Join us for the live show and chat. If you prefer, you can download the same MP3 file here via ftp.

Earl's Cyber Steals and Deals

Dell Small Business offers the Dell Vostro 220 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz Mini Tower Desktop PC bundled with a Dell E2210H 21.5" Widescreen LCD Monitor for $409 plus $35 for shipping 3GB RAM

WalMart and Staples are slashing laptop prices and expanding their selections for the back-to-school shopping season

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred for PC for $50
after rebate + $7 s&h, more offers the OEM Dragon NaturallySpeaking v.10.0 Preferred with Headset, model no. A109A-K07-10.0, for $99.99. This $50 mail-in rebate knocks it to $49.99. offers the Kingston 4GB PC2-5300 DDR2-667 SO-DIMM 200-Pin Dual Channel Notebook Memory Kit with two
2GB SO-DIMMs, model no. KVR667D2K2SO/4GETR, for $48.54. With free shipping, offers the Kingston 2GB
PC2-6400 DDR2 Dual Channel Desktop Memory
, model no. KVR800D2/2GR, for $23.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by a buck. Deal ends August 3.

Refurbished HP Pavilion Intel Dual Core 2.4GHz Desktop for $370 + $21 s&h Tiger Direct Presario Desktop $300 with dual core AMD CPU & 3gb RAM AMD Athlon X2 4450e 2.3GHz with 3GB of pre-installed system memory. The Compaq Presario SR5710y Refurbished Desktop, Vista Home Premium. 250GB (7200rpm) HD

Dell Home offers the Dell Inspiron 15 Pentium Dual-Core 2GHz 15.6" Widescreen Notebook in Jet
Black for $399 with free shipping. Intel Dual Core T4200 2GHz
processor, 15.6" 1366x768 widescreen, 3GB RAM, 250GB HD, dual-layer DVD burner, 802.11g wifi, 6-cell battery, and Windows Vista Home Basic. Ends August 6.

J&R offers the Lexar Media 8GB
Secure Digital High-Capacity (SDHC) Class 2 Flash Card
, model no. SD8GB711, for $11.99 plus $2.95 for shipping offers the ASUS 23" 1080p Widescreen LCD Monitor, model no. VH236H, for $174.99 with free shipping. This $20 mail-in rebate cuts it to $154.99. 1920x1080
(1080p) resolution, 20,000 :1 contrast ratio, 2ms response time, 300 cd/m² brightness, built-in speakers, one HDMI input, and both VGA and DVI inputs. Rebate expires August 31 offers the OEM Western Digital Caviar GP 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s Internal Hard Drive model no. WD10EADS, for $87.99 with free shipping. This $15 mail-in rebate chops it to $72.99 ($0.07/GB). 32MB cache. Rebate ends August 20.

Links from the Gregg Zone

1) Well last week we were talking electric bicycles, this week I’m offering a link to a very nice electric motorcycle. Top speeds of 65 mph, 100 mile range, operating cost $0.003 per mile, the batteries last 2000 recharges or/for about seven years. That sounds pretty good to me. The link opens on the home page click on products I’ve been looking at the X-Rider, click on the details page. I followed the buy links to learn the price, the full price is $8,000.00, they are asking for a $3,000.00 deposit, so it may not be readily available. Need to check into it, but it does demonstrate the direction of the market.
2) I have been into this project of severing myself from Cox Cable, to save myself a dime, and because they have been doing their best to make me hate them. Anyway, because of this I have been looking at online video stuff. Looking around for more content I remembered was looking for X-Conference Disclosure Press Conference video, it was back in April I looked for a week or two after it came out, and then forgot about it. Well I found the complete video yesterday. If you are curious about U.F.O.’s you should check it out full video here
3) This whole business of cloaking or invisibility seems to really be taking off. I have a lot of trouble wrapping my mind around the whole concept. The idea of something being in front of me in plain sight, and then disappearing somehow just does not compute. I have seen several articles on this, I am afraid this is just one more, but interesting.
4) Always interested in new products, and concepts coming out, some times I wonder why, and sometimes I am just totally wowed. Here is a slide show with captions of New Scientist’s favorites from the 2009 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) just released. Very cool I especially like the Braille converter for printed text, I also like the cheese grater, really makes me wonder what took this one so long to come out.
5) For my Geek link, after reading this I was left wondering how big the threat is to life on line as we know it, and how we may be affected by this. Skype has been so ingrained into my world I am not sure what I would do without it. I am not sure what to think about the risk to me, us, the show, who knows how this will shake down in the end, it sounds pretty scary to me.