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Mac mini Test Drive

Apple seems to be swinging for the fences with this one. They are offering anyone who is interested an extended trial of the Mac mini. One can only assume that they either want to move some stagnant product, or that this is a move to get a large amount of Mac computers into the hands of those who use Windows but are curious. Now, what is really going on here is that Apple is just extending the return period for the mini, as any Apple product can be returned within 14 days for a full refund. Nonetheless, here is how it works according to Apple:

  1. Purchase a new Mac mini from the Apple Store online. You can also get an Apple keyboard and mouse, such as our new Mighty Mouse.
  2. Set it up and start enjoying it.
  3. If you don’t love it, call us within 30 days of your order and we’ll arrange for you to return your system — including the Apple keyboard and mouse — for a full refund.

If you are interested, you have until Halloween 2005 to make your purchase, and it must be done online.


Read More | Apple Online Store


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Free OperaOpera’s award winning browser (now in version 8.02) is free for one day to celebrate their 10th anniversary. From 12 AM Tuesday, August 30 to 12 AM Wednesday, August 31 2005 (PDT), you can send an email to registerme@opera.com to receive a free registration code for their professional quality and fully standards compliant browser - a $39 value. As a long time Opera fan I just have to say what a fantastic deal this is. Opera is the fastest, most stable browser I’ve ever used and with it’s consistent interface across Mac/Win/Linux/BSD/Solaris and great integrated feature set. Get your self on down to download.com and grab a copy - just do it before August is over or you will be out $39 for the pleasure.


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Panasonic 1080p, Viera Price CutPanasonic is set to announce their first 1080p plasma display later today, which makes brings the technology that much closer to the forefront of our entertainment minds. Is what may be even more important news, the company is also going to cut the price of its 65-inch Viera HDTV by 50% over in Japan. Any time an expensive piece of technology sees such a large price drop, it normally equates to even better stuff coming down the pipeline.


Read More | Daily Yomiuri via Gizmodo


Compaq X What’s a Compaq, and why is it even in this entry?  True, Compaqs have not been know as the favorable gaming computer system, but this spectacular piece of hardware may change that impression.  Sporting an AMD 64 bit processor and expandable to 4GB of ram, check out some of the specs ready to blast away at the next LAN party. Gotta love Woot!

Read More | Woot.com

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Free TiVoSo you are digging Tivo but haven’t bought one yet for whatever reason. Well now’s your chance to get your hands on one for free if you pay for a full year of the Tivo service up front. They are probably giving the 40 hour version away since its being discontinued. Nonetheless, it’s a very good deal for a service you’ll end up paying for anyways – so why not get something in return? Offer ends on 7/27/05 so get it quick.

(Thanks Kidd!)

Read More | Tivo Offer Page


Kingmax 1 GB Notebook Had to give you guys a quick heads up on this one. Newegg is currently selling a 1 GB 200-Pin SO-DIMM DDR 333 (PC 2700) Notebook Memory module for only $107 USD. For those not in the know, that is a great deal. I just picked one up for my PowerBook G4, which will bump it up to its max capacity of 1.25 GB. Something tells me this deal won’t last long, so jump on it. In fact, be sure to check out these Newegg promo codes.


Comcast Speed Upgrade Good news for those of us who are serviced by Comcast for cable and high speed Internet. Beginning in July, Comcast will be upgrading subscribers speeds by a whole 2.0 Mbps at no cost. If you currently subscribe to at least Comcast Expanded Basic Cable TV service or above, the following HSI options are available to you:

6.0/384 - $42.95 - Up from 4.0/384
8.0/768 - $52.95 - Up from 6.0/768

As Comcast just recently upgraded their network just a few months ago, a second speed increase leads me to believe that they are feeling the heat from services like Verizon FIOS.

Read More | Venturus


Cheap DVD Ever see that bin at the supermarket or dollar store filled with DVD’s and kept on walking thinking, “They must be crap if they’re only a dollar!”?  If you have, you may want to stop and check them out next time.  Many of the films starring greats from John Wayne to Shirley Temple and TV series from Dragnet to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are being mass marketed at the dollar pricepoint simply due to problems with, or lack of copyrights. “The Killer Shrews,” the masterwork of Ray Kellogg, is one of hundreds of cheap old films now available as ridiculously cheap new DVD’s. Because of lapsed or improperly registered copyrights, even some very watchable movies - among them, Howard Hawks’s “His Girl Friday,” Marlon Brando’s “One-Eyed Jacks” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “Dementia 13” - are now in the public domain and can be sold by anyone.”

Read More | NY Times


Powerbook W/ iPod MiniBeing a student gets some awesome perks, and one of them is getting a nice discount at the Apple store. Now if saving a few bucks when buying new hardware from Apple wasn’t enough, students will get a free iPod mini when purchasing a new Mac now through September 24, 2005. Of course, if an iPod mini isn’t quite what you want, you can also opt in for a larger capacity model and receive a check for $179 in the mail. All this so you can relax with some tunes while being studious.

Read More | The Apple Store for Education


Toshiba Terca A5Toshiba is set to release a simple business laptop aimed at the no-nonsense businessman. It’s portable, at five pounds, with a 14-inch WXGA display. The Centrino chipset is inside, so you also get built-in 802.11 b/g, along with good performance. The best part? This one will sell for under $1,000 USD. Not bad at all.

Read More | Venturus


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