Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Twas the night before Christmas

We were hanging our stockings and that whole bit about "The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in the hopes that St. Nicholas would soon be there" gave me pause.

I don't know about St. Nick, but Santa ain't showing until it's time no matter how carefully you hang them, which is what that line says right?

Maybe the dude just used that to rhyme, unawares he was writing a classic for the ages?

Kids: Santa is not showing until after you are ASLEEP and before you wake up.

Now, back to my long winter's nap.

Still looking for an Xbox 360 Christmas deal?

The Arcade with Rockband 2 is around $200 at Dell, and you can find a 5% coupon and get 4% cash back from ebates.com (PLEASE drop me an email for an invite so I can benefit.) So, 9% off, might save you a bit or a lot depending on if you get taxed.

Circuit City has a refurb 20 gig drive and WIRELESS controller for $39.99.

So, you get a hard drive, two wireless controllers, and Rockband 2 (in my case) for $228ish.

That system to me has the meat for the 360 experience at a nice cost savings. Heck, Target wants $50 for the controller alone, so you save $10 and get a free hard drive. Plus Rock Band 2 is worth what, at least $35 if you decide to sell it?


Updated 12/11/08: I got the 'Jasper' motherboard with my Dell order. Short story on that: uses less power and generates less heat so lower chance of failures.

Sad Tag: Goodbye Polaroid

This is really a shame. They aren't going to make Polaroid instant camera film any more. I've got a fair amount of pictures of my kids when they were young. The childcare place would take pictures and give them to the parents. Now, no more.

Polaroid hasn't made the cameras for about a year, and the film stock will run out some time in 2009.

I know it's all gone digital, but theroblog is urging you to save it all, and keep backups for gosh sakes. I use two hard drives worth about $1oo each. I use iPhoto, and have a backup of that, AND a backup of my backup.

I don't recommend DVD or optical media, because those have an unknown lifespan. Seldom powered on hard drives are good for yeeeeeaaaaarrrrsss and someday you'll replace it with a much higher capacity drive anyway right?

At least your digital photos won't fade, but do you have your copies made?
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