Posted on 12/21/2009 23:43 EST
Geeks have all the fun. And just to remind us how much, eweek.com offers up this carefully-chosen list of cheap gadgets that will do as holiday gifts and no doubt keep the geeks in your life happy for weeks to come.
"So much for getting holiday shopping early this year, huh? But fear not, because there's still time to get your favorite gadget geek a shiny, practical piece of technology. From powerful USB sticks to accessories for iPhone fanatics, there's a host of gifts from quality brands like Nintendo, Toshiba and Altec Lansing that won't break the bank..."
Posted on 12/21/2009 13:50 EST
If you've run out of ideas for all those folks on your holiday shopping list, try a gift card from their favorite retailer. Wallet Pop offers a link to the chains offering a good deal -- buy a card and get a little bonus for yourself.
"The Golden Globe ballots have been announced, and Academy Award nods are nigh. Nobody wants to show up to an Oscar party without a working knowledge of at least some of the nominees. But with movie theater ticket prices creeping upwards, getting an education on films like -- well, An Education -- adds up fast. So how can you prep for awards season without going broke?
The cheapest, simplest and easiest answer is: matinees. Prices are often up to 50% less before the sun goes down -- so if your workplace closes for holiday observances, use that time to get your film fixes in..."
on Wallet Pop
Posted on 12/20/2009 9:54 EST
Heads up, netbook users. The HP Mini 311 might not be the best netbook on the market today, but as Liliputing.com points out, it is the cheapest model with high quality graphics. Check out the review for yourself.
"The HP Mini 311 was the first notebook with NVIDIA ION graphics to hit the United States. While this 11.6 inch notebook has a little competition today, it's still the cheapest NVIDIA ION powered ultraportable, with a starting price of just $399.99. And that could make the HP Mini 311 an attractive computer for anyone looking for a machine with better-than-netbook graphics at a netbook-like price.
But while the NVIDIA graphics certainly give the computer a boost when it comes to HD video playback, 3D graphics performance, and any other activities that can take advantage of GPU acceleration features, the HP Mini 311 has the same 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU that graces nearly every netbook released in the last 18 months..."
Posted on 12/19/2009 16:11 EST
You know that gym membership you never use? Well, instead of renewing, WSOCTV.com suggests you spend the money on an in-home gym. It's cheap, it's convenient, and it's in your face all the time. Start pumping!
"Health experts say adults should get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day on most days of the week. Exercise burns off excess calories and helps a person lose or control weight. It can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and lower the risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. Regular activity also builds strong bones and muscles, improves stamina and balance and elevates mood...
...As Americans tighten their wallets, many people are looking for ways to cut out their expensive gym memberships, yet maintain their level of fitness. One option is to build your own gym at home. In addition to saving on the annual or monthly fees, a home gym is convenient..."
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How deep does that new frugality vein run in American consumers? An article in The New York Times explores that question and cites some surveys about our economic mindset, shopping patterns, and lifestyle. You might be surprised by what you read.
"On the weekend after Thanksgiving, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, I skipped the department stores and headed instead to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum on Orchard Street in Manhattan. Hundreds of people had the same idea. Every tour was booked.
We each paid $20 to shuffle up the dim, narrow and creaky stairwell of a restored tenement where we learned about families who once lived on wages of less than a dollar a day..."
on The New York Times