It’s back-to-school shopping season, and for a lot of students that means stocking up on tech gear: laptops, flash drives, and maybe even a new phone.Of course, you’re probably the one footing the bill for all this stuff, so it makes sense to seek out the best deals you can.With that in mind, I’ve assembled three tips to help you get the most bang for your back-to-school buck.1. Don’t Go Overboard on a LaptopI’m often asked for laptop buying advice, and my response is always the same: “What do you plan to do with it?”Students have fairly modest needs–often little more than word processing, Web browsing, and e-mail. Of course, moving beyond mere needs, they’ll also want to use their machines for things like music, movies, and games.Thankfully, these activities don’t require a lot of horsepower. At minimum you’ll want a dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and 320GB hard drive.
Unintentionally hilarious photo courtesy of Backify’s Web siteAbout a month ago I told you about Backify, a new Web service offering a whopping 512 gigabytes of cloud storage absolutely free.It sounded too good to be true, especially considering that established services like Dropbox and SugarSync limit their freebie accounts to 2GB and 5GB, respectively. Even Microsoft’s Windows Live SkyDrive tops out at a comparatively anemic 25GB. As it turns out, Backify was too good to be true. On
Pogoplug is getting into the cloud business.In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, the company makes cool gizmos that let you plug ordinary USB hard drives and flash drives into your router, thereby turning them into network- and Web-accessible storage. Now, however, Pogoplug is staking its claim in Dropbox and SugarSync territory, offering online storage for your photos, music, videos, documents, and the like. Best of all, you can get started without spending a dime: Pogoplug offers free 5GB cloud accounts to anyone with an e-mail address.But, wait, it gets better: From now through November 16, you can get a free 10GB Pogoplug account, no strings attached, for life. Well, okay, there’s one tiny string: you have to sign up for a CNET account (which is free and harmless).The core idea behind Pogoplug is to let you stream and share your media with ease. For example, you can automatically ...
You read the headline right: 512 gigabytes of free online storage. In the past I’ve written about services like SugarSync and Windows Live SkyDrive, which give you 5GB and 25GB, respectively. But this is a whole new ballgame. A new service called Backify offers a free cloud-based backup service that comes with 512GB of storage. No strings attached, no significant limitations to speak of. Your last excuse for not making regular backups just went out the window.Backify Livedrive employs a simple
If you own a computer, be it a desktop, laptop, or netbook, an external hard drive is a must-have accessory. They’re great not only for providing extra storage space, but also for backing up your primary drive, moving large files between PCs, and archiving all your prized photos and videos.Indeed, if you followed my advice of a couple weeks ago and turned your PC into a DVR, you’ll be glad to have extra storage for all your TV shows and movies. A single one-hour show recorded in HD can
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…This is the beginning of one of the best movie franchises of all time–one that certainly has a special place in all of our hearts. Star Wars continues to inspire sci-fi nerd imaginations everywhere. Especially relevant lately–because of the new Star Tours: The Adventure Continues ride out here in Disneyland (Yes, I’m a Disney freak and yes, it’s awesome. I’ve ridden it four times already!)–Star Wars merchandise is