Office 365 Personal for $7 a month

Microsoft is offering Office 365 Personal for $7 per month. Essentially, you’ll have access to Word, Excel and Powerpoint. As a bonus Microsoft is including 60 minutes of free Skype calls and 20GB of additional OneDrive. And you’ll always get the current version of Office because it’s cloud-based. In addition, there’s also the Office 365 Home Premium for $99 per year or about $8.25 per month.

Google Smartwatch

EvLeaks, well you guessed it, is leaking information about Google’s Smartwatch. The smart watch will have 1.65 inch LCD screen with a screen resolution of 280 x 280 pixels. The device will have 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Based on an artist’s rendering, Google may offer two designs, round and square. I say, go for the square one because every screen I’ve seen and known is rectangular. It will be very odd to see a round LCD screen.

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Prime Membership to $100

Amazon’s prime membership just went up to $100. Personally, I don’t have a prime membership. I don’t really shop at Amazon that much. Maybe, about 10 times in a year. It’s a lot less now. I don’t shop that much enough to warrant spending that much money to save money. I’m not a movie watcher either, so I’m not really missing anything. I’m ok with Netflix $8 per month. Lately, I have been considering of not shopping at Amazon because it has gotten more expensive. Not only they apply sales taxes now, but the number of items that come with free shipping have gone down. I’ve bought items before from other online retailers because it was free shipping and they didn’t charge me sales tax. That’s Amazon loss.

Google Street View on the Colorado River

Now, you can go down the Colorado river using Google street view. Well, that takes the fun out of it. Anyways, Google is making the whole experience of going down the river available to your desktop. With just a few scrolls of your mouse, you can drift down the Colorado without ever lifting a finger. You can complete the entire river experience in a matter of minutes at zero cost, and without ever getting out of your chair. I just wonder if they will still call it Street View? Shouldn’t they be calling it River View? Next on the line is the Riverwalk in San Antonio, except that people faces will all be blurred.

Google 100GB for $2 Per Month

Find a 100GB of storage online for just $2 per month. Chances are you won’t. Because there aren’t any. You won’t find any better deal than what Google is offering. At least for the moment. What a great deal! Google just lowered the price of their cloud storage from $5 to $2. If you want a 1TB of storage, you can get it for just $10 per month. If you want to upgrade, just go to Google’s Drive.

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32GB SD Card for $16

I got myself an excellent bargain earlier today. I picked up a Polaroid 32GB SDHC card at Frys for just $16. It’s rated with a Class 10 performance. I plan to use it on my Nikon D90 DSLR camera. With 32GB, I should be able to take 9456 photos at 12 Megapixels, and about 430 minutes 720p HD videos. The 16GB card I was using on my camera will now reside on my Raspberry PI. I can’t wait to get that going, so I can add more apps on my Raspberry.

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The Cloud File Sharing Race

Who is winning the cloud storage race? The list is long and distinguished. Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, OneDrive and Box are the big five. Ubuntu One, Amazon Cloud Drive, Sugarsync, Hightail, and OwnCloud trail a list of lesser-known or perhaps lesser-used services. In terms of popularity, Dropbox still heads the list, mainly since it is the early innovator. iCloud leans heavily on Apple’s products. Google Drive is gaining market share.

In terms of my experience, I use Dropbox most of the time when sharing or transferring files. However, when creating new documents, I use Google Drive exclusively because the tools are there. When security is a concern, I tend to use OwnCloud. I do have OneDrive, iCloud, Ubuntu One, but I use them sparingly. Do I need more? Probably, not. I think having more than three services is overkill, but it’s nice to have options.

What’s your favorite? Who do you think is the best? Who will survive and who will not?

Engenius ENS202ext Outdoor AP

I installed a couple of Engenius ENS202ext Outdoor access points for a client the other day. The range on these AP’s are extremely good. The device operates at 400mW Transmit Power. It has two omnidirectional antennas rated at 5dBi each. They can be replaced with even a higher gain antenna. It supports 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi standards running at 2.4Mhz. The maximum data rate is 300 Mbps. Each SSID can be tagged to a separate Vlan and they come with the EZ controller which is a free download. The Engenius ENS202ext Outdoor AP currently sells for under $100.

Facetweet

The other day, I read that Twitter was trying to make its profile pages to look more like Facebook. A few weeks ago, I recall reading that Facebook was trying to make its real-time conversations look more like Twitter. I really don’t understand. So, why don’t these two tech lovers, both headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area by the way, just get together and consummate. Then, we will have one giant social media called Facetweet. Think about all the time we will redeem if we post on just one social media platform. We will literally cut our social media time by half. Just think about how we will have more time to ourselves, how we could be more productive, and have a better quality of life. Maybe not.

Finally Wore Google Glass

I put on Google Glass for the first time ever today. I was trying to browse a website. The side buttons were hard to find. I was just pressing anything on the side to see if it would do something. The screen was awfully small and it was blurry. It must have been my bad eyesight because I had to take off my eyeglasses to put them on. You would think it would be sharp since it’s only a few inches away from eyeballs. The screen is situated just over my right eye. What if my left eye is dominant? Does Google have them? Overall, I’m not impressed at all. They guy who was demoing me the unit told me that he doesn’t like it either. So much for that. For the $1500 price, it’s totally not worth pursuing. It’s got a long ways to go.