Category Archives: Bargain

Verizon Doubles DSL Speed

Verizon Communications has doubled the speed of consumer DSL service is a dozen east coast states. If the market reacts well, the remaining states will receive the same faster DSL alternative. The additional bandwidth is a reaction to Comcast’s doubling the speed of its cable broadband service, earlier this year. The extra bandwidth will be a big hit with online gamers and professionals who work from home.

For about $40 a month, the new DSL bandwidth will be 3 Mbps, downstream, and 768 Kbps, upstream. For cost-conscious customers who only send and receive e-mail and surf occasionally, a half-speed option will be available for $30 a month.

Dave’s Opinion
Just over half of online Americans have broadband service at home: 63 million or 51 percent. There’s always a use for more bandwidth, even by those who don’t consider themselves technically sophisticated or have flexibility in their personal schedules. When it comes to network connectivity, faster is always better.

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Lower your Phone Bills!

If you are a penny pincher and spend a lot of time on the phone you may want to check this site out they show the rates for a lot of companies that offer 1010 type services. My wife uses a 1010 service to call Japan and gets a rate of about .03 cents per minute. Be sure to shop around and save those extra pennies for your tech purchases. []

Cost of new Office coming soon

This was really a joke to have put this post in the Bargain category, since it’s not. I’m satisfied with Office 2002 for now…

“Microsoft plans to reveal pricing and a release date soon for the next version of its Office software, according to analysts.

So far, the company has only said the various components of its newly renamed Office System line of products would ship late this summer. That means Microsoft would need to have a final version of the software to ship to PC manufacturers within the next few weeks.” []

HP 17″ LCD Monitor –$319

I cannot belive this deal that HP is offering. A 17″ LCD for $319

“Flat is where it’s at. The HP F70 17″ display has the crystal clear views to move you. Save desktop space with the slim design and experience the full color world of DVDs, multimedia and more.

* built-in Polk Audio Stereo speakers for fantastic sound with the convenience of clutter free desk space
* 17″ flat panel screen with an anti-glare coating and customizable settings that allow you to work or play games comfortably
* optimal resolution at 1280 x 1024 for superior DVD, imaging and Internet performance
* slim, space-saving design fits your home or home office environment perfectly
* designed to bring out the best from your PC
* full plug-and-play installation let’s you get started right away
* save energy, full energy star and MPII compliant

Price: $319, the cheapest 17” LCD that I have ever seen in my lifetime! [Utility Electronics]

HP lowers price pole with $349 PC

Yes, I know, this isn’t the coolest, fastest, powerfull PC, but it is a great gift idea for a child or grand-parent. Believe me, they’ll be thrilled! A lot better than a Lindows PC, too.

“Hewlett-Packard is again doing the low-price computer limbo with a new $349 desktop PC.

The computer giant on Thursday began taking customer orders for the new Pavilion a210e PC on its HPShopping Web site. The machine–the sister model of the $349 Compaq Presario S4000J–will be available only directly from HP.

The Pavilion a210e will have enough power for everyday computing tasks such as sending e-mail. The desktop is fitted with an Advanced Micro Devices Athlon XP 2000+ processor running at 1.67GHz, 128MB of RAM (random access memory), a 40GB hard drive, a CD-ROM, a modem and a keyboard and mouse. The desktop uses built-in graphics included with its Via Technologies chipset. Its base configuration does not include a monitor, nor does it have a floppy drive or speakers, which are each $20 upgrades.” []