What's Cheaper: Replacement Ink, or a New Printer?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

From PCWorld:  It may sound crazy, but buying the replacement ink you need can cost you almost as much -- if not more -- than a whole new printer. 

The Digg user's conclusion: It is cheaper to buy a new inexpensive printer for the free ink cartridges included in box instead of buying brand name replacement cartridges that can be very expensive.  Continue reading here

The World's First $99 Laptop Debuts Cherrypal Africa

Thursday, December 17, 2009

We've been hearing about the "$100 laptop"--a no-frills, low-power portable that meets the educational needs of children in developing nations--for a few years now. But no product has materialized--at least not at the $100 price point--until now. Cherrypal has launched a $99 portable, the Cherrypal Africa, a "mini-netbook" built to bring Internet access to the world's poor.

At just $99, the new 7” Cherrypal Africa is one of the best buys in the world of electronics. Created with developing countries in mind, the Africa is our latest step toward closing the “digital divide”, and we’re extremely proud of this achievement. Whether you live in Ghana or Texas, the Cherrypal Africa is right for you!

Based on an 400 MHz processor, the “big enough” Africa is powerful enough to do what you need it to. From browsing the Internet to word processing, the Africa runs Windows CE and is the perfect size to take anywhere. Where do you want to go?  

Continue reading here http://www.cherrypal.com/products.php
Endgadget review http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/15/cherrypal-debuts-99-netbook-names-it-africa/
Tags:  Cherrypal Africa  $99 Laptop

Most popular laptops

from CNET:  Just in time to round out your holiday shopping season, we've consulted the Web traffic oracles and compiled a list of the most popular laptops of 2009. Based on which system reviews CNET readers clicked on most often, this list shows what's on the minds of laptop shoppers--and the emphasis is clearly on value over all else. Read more  http://ct.cnet-ssa.cnet.com/clicks?t=514273111-3830dcdfc84ebca9bafee7ef31abe27f-bf&brand=CNET-SSA&s=5

Time to buy a computer? Tips for making the right choice

From USA Today:  Here are other mainstream factors every PC buyer should consider:

•Windows or Macintosh.
•Chips off the old block. The brain of your computer is the processor.
•Storage. Think big
•Memory. You can never have enough memory,
•Netbook vs. laptop.There are many trade-offs: cramped keyboards, modest screen sizes, limited storage and wimpy processors.
•More to think about. Make sure your PC has ample USB ports for connecting peripherals. Some machines no longer include FireWire, a port for hooking up older camcorders. If that's important to you, make sure it's there. HDMI is a viable option for folks who want to hook their computers to an HDTV. An eSATA connection is an alternative way to hook up some external drives. 
Continue reading here the full details http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columnist/edwardbaig/2009-12-17-Baig17_ST_N.htm

Create an Ad-Hoc Network Sharing Point from a Windows 7 Netbook

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

via PC World  Windows 7 Starter Edition, the version loaded onto netbooks, isn't supposed to offer "advanced" features like ad-hoc network sharing. In this one case, however, finding this feature is as simple as typing the right phrase into the Start Menu search.

Rafael Rivera's Within Windows blog points out that while the dialog that normally starts the ad-hoc networking process in Windows 7 is disabled in Starter Edition, simply searching for adhoc allows you to start it up. That means being able to connect other computers, smartphones, and Wi-Fi-enabled devices to your netbook when it's got a net connection. It's not quite as convenient as Virtual Wireless Networking, which you can enable with Connectify, but it does get the job done.

Windows 7 Starter hides but allows ad-hoc networking Continue reading here http://lifehacker.com/5420583/create-an-ad+hoc-network-sharing-point-from-a-windows-7-netbook

How to choose a computer

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Read more about what you need to know buying a new computer here How to choose a computer

Buying a laptop? Read this first & Windows, Netbook. Android, smartbook? Hmm

Friday, December 4, 2009

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Buying a laptop? Read this first

Thursday, December 3, 2009

To make your holiday shopping a little less tense, we've put together a list of handy laptop resources, including buying guides, shopping tips, and roundups.  Read more

Great Laptops in the PC World Top 100 & 10 Free Downloads for Your Laptop

10 Free Downloads for Your Laptop