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Alternative Uses for Your HP Touchpad Money

So, in case you didn't hear, the HP Touchpad went on a bit of a fire sale this weekend. HP, in their divine wisdom, decided after only a couple of months on the market, and only one year after purchasing WebOS, to put the Touchpad and all like it out to pasture. Instead of taking the returns from retailers, HP also decided that it would lower the price to $99 (16GB) and $149 (32GB). Apparently, this also means that people who were not going to purchases such an item for $299, $399, $499, or $599 (depending on when over the last couple of months you may have considered it), decided they could use one. And, if you read some of the tech news sights, commenters have indicated they thought about or bought more than one...just to have around the house.

As much as I enjoy gadgets, I am not sure we have many that just lay around the house, especially if they do cost $100 or more. Don't get me wrong, I thought about getting one to use, let the kids use, or even to give my mother for Skype calls. However, I was not going to just let it sit, nor was I going to join any semblance of a mob to get one. Over the last couple of days, if we would pass a store that would carry them, we would look and ask. Each store commented the same, "we sold them all this morning..."

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Netflix: Still Cheaper Than the Popcorn

Well, I got my letter just like the rest...actually it was an email, but letter sounded better...announcing that Netflix decided to changed their plans. Now, instead of the $9.99 that got you unlimited DVDs to the house (one at a time, mind you), and unlimited streaming, we will now need to pay $15.98 for the same plan.

Needless to say, I was not too happy since a few months ago, Netflix raised the price from $7.99 to $9.99. I thought of a few choice things to tweet, but a little voice told me I should not be too harsh. That voice was probably my wife's as I remember talking about the last increase and agreeing it was still decent since we don't go to the movies much. The only movies we see end up being family-friendly to accommodate the tastes of our 8 and 6 year old. Without the random 3D costs most of these movies charge, it costs quite a bit for all of us see one show. If we are lucky to find a matinee, it still cost us $24 to get in. Since it would be silly to see a movie without the popcorn and drinks, our day and savings gets depicted further. Two drinks and one popcorn costs us another $15-$24.

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Netflix for Wii Arriving...

Dear John letters have been identified with not so happy events. However, when your name is John, you are left with few alternatives. When the following email arrived today, disappointment, despair, and downtrodden were not among the words I used to describe my excitement, my enthusiasm, my elation with this one little disc.

Dear John,

Your free instant streaming disc for Wii should arrive by Saturday, Mar 27, 2010.
Meanwhile, add movies & TV episodes to your instant Queue now so you're ready to watch instantly when your instant streaming disc arrives.

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Asus EEE...xcellent Performance and Fit

As we searched over and over for a way to play Netflix movies using either our MacBook Pro or the Air, we came up far short of the excellent streaming that we were seeing on our Vista Machine. While Netflix is not the subject of this rambling, it is the cause.

We debated whether or not to move the Vista machine in the office to the family room. Due to the size of the box and that fact that we actually use it for keeping track of finances and business ventures, moving the large computer did not make much sense. So, we considered the alternatives...

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