Linspire Inc., developer of the commercial desktop Linux operating system and Freespire (their free community ops system), announced that as of today its CNR (Click ‘N Run) service will be free. Yes, we said free.
Until now the service has only been available through annual subscriptions, with prices ranging from $20 - $50. With the new free service, Linspire and Freespire users can install, update, and manage thousands of open-source software programs, which is equal to the basic $20 plan.
“For nearly five years, thousands of CNR users have paid annual subscription fees for the CNR Service,” said Kevin Carmony, CEO of Linspire. “We’re thrilled to now be in a position to offer this excellent service to desktop Linux users absolutely free.”
If you are an existing user, you must register to create your new free account. If you have purchased the basic CNR service within the past 60 days, you will automatically be upgraded to CNR Gold (which allows you to purchase commercial software at reduced rates).
Linspire also announced plans for a new, open-sourced version of its CNR client as part of Freespire 1.1 to be released later this year, also at no charge. This might be just the excuse you need to jump on the ol’ Linux bandwagon.
With everything from Blackberrys to PDAs to Cellphones, is it any wonder why a desk can get cluttered with all the mobile gadgets one needs to stay wired to the office throughout the day? Not to mention the power plug issues that come with trying to charge up more than two of said gadgets simultaneously?
ThinkGeek has the answer with The PowerStation Cable Organizer, which promises to clean up all that clutter and charge up your gear lickety split. The PowerStation comes with the capability to charge up to three devices, using its inner power strip, and also comes with an extra short AC cord to accommodate oversized adapters. It’s adjustable rubber dividers lock any mobile gadget in place, and cable ties are included for tidy internal cable management.
At $19.99, it’s a slam dunk of a deal.
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Some folks over at the CheapAssGamer forums are letting the world know that they have been able to find Nintendo DS Lite units on store shelves at Wal-Mart and Target stores. The DS Lite is still scheduled to launch on June 11, and you can expect GameStop and EBGames to honor that date - however, larger stores like Target often miss those minor details when they get their shipments. Now is the time to head over to your local major retailer if you want to try and grab an early DS Lite. If you find one, let us know where in the comments.
Wow, is this service long overdue or what? TextPayMe is a PayPal-like service that allows you to send and receive money by simply using SMS over your mobile device. Even better, they are currently giving anyone who signs up a free $5.00 deposit into their TextPayMe account. Here are a few of the suggestions they offer for using the service:
- Split restaurant bills on the spot
- Settle your roommate’s rent and utility bill from wherever
- Pitch in real money for a split gift rather than an IOU
We will definitely be giving this one a spin. Having the ability to do this from wherever you are using your mobile phone works a lot better than having to sign in to Paypal from where we stand. If you sign up soon, you can qualify to be in the running to win a free Xbox 360. An Xbox 360, plus an additional five bucks for free? What’s not to like?
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Just a quick heads up for those of you who appreciate a good deal. Today’s Woot! is a 250 GB Western Digital Caviar drive, selling for just $50 USD. Not too shabby, if we may say so ourselves. I almost bought one, when I realized that it wasn’t a SATA drive, and that it only has a 2 MB cache. Oh, and it’s refurbished. Still, $50 for 250 GB of storage is a rarity.
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Holy smokes, Amazon has lost their minds. Amazon is currently selling the Plantronics DSP-400 headset for $40.94 with free shipping! I personally own this headset and I can vouch for the fact that it is absolutely kick-ass. If you use Skype or any VoIP service, or maybe do a little podcasting, this headset is definitely a must-have, and at these prices, it’s insane not to go grab one. I remember this headset costing upwards $120+ not even a year ago. Grab ‘em while they’re hot!
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If you have worked in an enterprise environment, have probably heard about this company called VMware. For those of you new to VMware, these guys make a product that allows you to run multiple servers from ONE box, all done virtually. It’s what’s referred to as “virtualization” and is the ultimate in geekdom for an enterprise. More importantly, it can really make an administrators life a lot easier if implemented correctly, and save the company a boat load.
Cnet has published an article referencing a rumor that VMware will be releasing one of their core products into the wild for FREE next week. This is HUGE news. The idea behind this is that since VMware is now seeing some stiff competition heading their way, they are going to cut it off at the pass by using the “crack head” effect. In short, hook on a free sample, and sell them on the big products. Sounds like a logical enough plan. If this pans out to be true, we could be in for some interesting times in the IT world. The only missing link in VMware’s product line is being able to run OS X, if they can accomplish that, their stock is going to skyrocket.
If you are looking for a way to hook up your iPod onto you vehicle this may the solution for you. Monster is a well respected audio/video accessory company that makes you pay through the nose. However, every now and then they put out amazing products - like the iCruze. For a measly $99 dollars you’ll be stealing away a great connector for your iPod. Additionally, you’ll also get a fantastic LCD that displays your tag info and a free DVD from 3 Doors Down.
For a limited time Monster is offering an amazing deal on iCruze. When you order a complete iCruze System from the iCruze Store for just $99, we will add at no additional charge all of the necessary cables needed to get your car wired for iCruze.
You will also receive one Monster Music®: 3 Doors Down LIVE, Away From The Sun (Video SuperDisc) ($24.98 value) and an iCruze™ LCD Display Module ($99.95 value), absolutely FREE!
As of this morning, Apple slashed the price of its 20-inch 2.1GHz PowerPC-based iMac. Pricing for the G5 based iMac dropped $199 from $1699 to $1499. Pricing remains the same on the 17” iMac model. If you really want to grab a bargain basement price on either of these machines, head over to Amazon where you can pick up the 20” G5 iMac for $1349.99 or the 17” model for $1174.99. Although the new Intel based iMacs are smokin’ hot machines, the G5 based models are still more than adequate for most average users needs. Don’t miss out on this great deal!
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If you are an electronics collector like we are, you know how expensive this hobby can be. Every payday you look at your wallet or purse and wonder what you can afford. So what do you do when you get to the store? Look for the specials, see what’s on sale, and sometimes you come across the rebate sale. You sit there and wonder whether or not your willing to shell out the 30-40 dollars that you’ll eventually get back in 6-8 weeks. Is it worth it? Apparently not to Best Buy.
Rebates offered by the manufacturers are being done away with at the big box retailer in lieu of instant savings. There will be less reading of the fine print on prices. This is all due to “strong vendor partnerships.” Translation: Best Buy is getting good prices for their merchandise and can afford to let them slide for cheaper every once in a while.
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