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
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 Laptop
I'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.
I read the news this fall about the floods in Thailand with about
the same level of interest that I suspect you all gave it. Natural
disasters always make me sad for the victims, but unless I knew
someone in the area it usually slips from my brain pretty quickly
afterward. The thing that I failed to realize was that Thailand is
a major manufacturing center for a lot of products that come
straight here to the US to be sold.
Time to bid goodbye to 2011, as exciting a year in technology as any I can remember. Last week I told you about my favorite products of the year; now let's talk about the technology trends that helped make it so memorable.
Unintentionally hilarious photo courtesy of Backify's Web site
About 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.