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5 ways to save money on your next tech purchase

Recently I was looking for a deal on a MP3 player for my son-in-law. I pulled out my usual Web shopping bag-of-tricks, starting with Google of course. Just typing in "best MP3 player" results in all sorts of informative reviews and comparison sites. It can be onerous though sifting...

Credit Karma: Does your credit score give you good karma?

When Clint and I were purchasing our primary residence, we subscribed to a credit monitoring company to make sure our credit scores were in good standing. As a rule though, based on the FCRA, the big three consumer reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) have to provide each individual a...

PDA to 3G iPhone

I've been a confirmed PDA user since the days of the Sharp Wizard. I upgraded over the years to the Zaurus, then to the various HP models of PDA. When my HP screen "went south" I took advantage of an AT&T offer to get the windows driven...

New Kindle improved, but solving wrong problem?

I've been following the new Kindle announcement by Amazon with skeptical interest. The device, a digital reader for 'e-books', has met with some moderate success, and is often sold-out on the Amazon Web site. The new version is slimmer, better and cheaper — all par for the course in...

Windows 7: My first impressions

So far the scuttlebutt on Windows 7 is positive. Overwhelmingly and surprisingly so. After all, isn't this the same allegedly evil Microsoft that has tormented us poor computer users for years? I'd say sometimes deservedly so (using OS monopoly against Netscape to win browser wars) to other times unjustified (the...

The top 3 CES products worth waiting for (and 1 over-hyped to avoid)

With the Consumer Electronics Show behind us now, it's time to update our gadget lust lists. Or is it really? I mean when I review all the announcements and new products showcased at this year's show (which, not surprisingly, saw attendance plummet 25%) I don't see a whole lot...

Has Google dropped the ball, and missed the biggest market opportunity since search?

Technology disruptions cause huge market opportunities for companies savvy enough to pounce on them. The latest is the so-called Netbook craze; small, low-priced portable computers that offer just enough power to check email and surf the web. They've grabbed headlines all week at CES in Las Vegas. Everyone is in...

This week in tech: Some of my thoughts on Macworld and CES

January is a favorite time of year for me. Two big events every year create all kinds of excitement with product announcements, technology visions and some pie-in-the-sky dreaming. Of course the two shows are Macworld and CES. This year's Macworld in my view was a bust, but carried plenty of...