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Top Home Tech Picks from Buy.com

Hello out there! Just looking over some tech deals for your home or office on Buy.com, and I’ve found some great deals and upgrades for you! Take a look:

D-Link DIR-601 Wireless N 150 Home RouterFirst, get a D-Link DIR-601 Wireless N 150 Home Router for $23.99 at Buy.com, a $26 Savings! Valid through 08/30/2011. With all the smartphones, iPads, netbooks, laptops, Xboxes we all have tapping into our home Internet connections, you’ll eventually experience speed shortages (lag) or interuptions in service. You might even find that you have difficulty getting or maintaining a connection in some areas fo your home. Time to consider an upgrade to Wireless N. With this router you’ll get faster speeds than wireless G, greater coverage in your home or office, and greater protection from outsiders trying to tap into your network — locally or remotely. And if you need a wired connection for a computer or other device, then you get 4 wired connections on this router, too.

Samsung ML 1865W Laser PrinterGot school age kids? Do print a lot for school projects and papers? Then consider this Samsung ML-1865W Monochrome Laser Printer for $49.99 at Buy.com, a $122 Savings! Valid through 08/28/2011. It spits out a speedy 19 pages per minute, and since it uses toner, not ink, it will print longer than 3 or 4 ink cartridges. As a matter of fact, it is rated at 5,000 pages per month. It’s great for school projects that don’t require color, so that’s ideal for reports or daily homework assignments. All your text will be crisp and laser-sharp with 1200 x 1200 resolution.

These offers are good for the weekend. Come back to Skylarking early on Monday for more specials.

Updated Posts: AntiVirus for Mac; Sneak Peek Sale

Back in Dec. 2008 I wrote a post titled Apple Encourages AntiVirus Use for Macs?! I updated the article today to include links to the latest AntiVirus and AntiSpyware applications for the Mac. If you still believe that Macs are invulnerable to viruses and spyware, then you may be interested in knowing that Apple has added anti-malware features to their latest Mac Snow Leopard operating system. See Dan Moren’s report at PCWorld on the Hidden Malware Features of Snow Leopard. I mentioned some risks to Mac users in recent weeks.

I also updated the links in my Jan. 2009 post about sale items on Buy.com. I’ve crossed out the items that are not available. I’ve updated the links and proces on the items that are available. It’s a useful link because many of the items have become very affordable.

HP Photo Printers for Holiday Gift Giving

Here’s a revised and updated version of my Nov. 18, 2008 post on Hewlett Packard Photo Printers. They make great gifts for the holidays.

Despite the economic downturn the holiday shopping season is approaching, and while some of us are wondering how its going to be this year, many of us acknowledge that we’re still going to need gifts for our families and closest friends. I was able to find them online for about $80 each.

Photosmart A516

Photosmart A516

In 2007, I gave several as gifts to my sister and my parents Hewlett Packard digital photo printers as gifts, specifically the HP Photosmart A516 (at right). The Photosmart printers are very small, compact, and lightweight. It measures roughtly 10 inches wide, 5 inches tall, and less than 6 inches deep. That’s about the size of a small loaf of bread. It weighs less than 6 pounds. (A slightly heavy loaf of bread).

The Photosmart printers print on 4×6 inch and 5×7 inch photo paper, and can hold about 20 sheets at a time. Me, my family and friends agree that the picture and color quality is fantastic. (We still use them nearly 3 years later! So they last! –RFS, 12/2010)

The other great thing about the Photosmart printers is that you don’t have to connect them to a computer to print your photos. They will accept most of the popular media memory cards (Memory Stick, Memory STick Duo, SD, xD, and MMC). Some printer models have an optional Bluetooth adapter so you can print wirelessly from your Bluetooth enabled cellphone. If your camera uses PictBridge technology you can plug your camera directly into the printer via a USB cable. Some models even allow printing from your iPod.

If I were to buy HP Photosmart printers this year, budget-minded as I am, I still give serious consideration to:

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HP Photosmart A536

(New, TigerDirect.com, $70)The Photosmart A530 series prints on sheets up to 5×7 inches in size, and accepts MemoryStick, MS Duo, SD, xD, and MMC media cards. So it will work with most Sony and Olympus cameras quite well. It doesn’t accept CompactFlash cards. The unit is light and small enough that you can consider it portable. I often take it with me when I go to parties at the homes of friends and relations. It accepts an HP 110 Tri Color printer cartridge. The print cartirdge sells for about $22. HP also packages the cartridge with 140 sheets of 4×6 paper for $42. Supported operating systems: Windows 2000; Windows XP Home; Windows XP Professional; Windows XP Professional x64; Certified for Windows Vista(TM), Windows 7; Mac OS X v 10.3.9 or higher.

HP Photosmart A616 Photo Printer (Remanufactured)

HP Photosmart A616 Photo Printer
$195 from Buy.com

Buy.com has the A616 selling for $195 with a one year warranty. In prints in as little as 39 seconds, accepts paper up to 5 x 7 inches. For media cards it accepts CompactFlash, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard and xD-Picture Card. It also supports Mini SD with an adapter. It has a 20-sheet input tray and wireless capability with an optional HP bt450 Bluetooth Wireless Printer adapter. Weight: 3.46 lbs. Supported operating systems: Windows 2000; Windows XP Home; Windows XP Professional; Windows XP Professional x64; Certified for Windows Vista(TM), Windows 7; Mac OS X v 10.3.9 or higher. Compatible cartridges: HP 110 Tri-color Ink Cartridge.

Send a Buy.com Gift Certificate

Running out of time for your holiday shopping? Gift certificates are often the best choice at such a time. Here’s a link for purchasing a gift card from Buy.com with an option to send the certificate by email or postal mail. Considering today’s Wednesday the email option is looking very attractive, especially when you consider the crowds at the shopping malls.

A Buy.com Gift Certificate makes it easy for you, and easy for the person you send the certifcate, too. Neither one of you will have to deal with the traffic, the parking lots, or the crowded stores. The entire shopping experience can be handled from the comfort of home.

Gift certificates can be made out for any amount from $10 to $2,000. So be an Instant Santa! Get a gift certificate from Buy.com for your Holiday presents! Order before 12/25/09. I know, the “12/25/09” in the link is a little scary, but have no fear, the expiration date applies to the link, not the gift card.

Once your friend receives their gift certificate they have up to a year to deposit the funds from the gift card into a Buy.com account. Once they do that the funds are good until spent. The funds won’t expire.

Black Friday and CyberMonday at Buy.com

Friday ends in the black for retail outlets, hopefully, and Monday is cyber. Monday is the day the computer retailers offer some more big savings on electronics. Buy.com has you covered both days. Here are some links for you to check out their offerings.

buycomgifFollow this link to check out the Black Friday offerings at Buy.com: Avoid Crowds! Shop Online at Buy.com for Black Friday Deals and Save up to 70% while supplies last! Exp 11/29/09

Cyber Monday Price Drops from Buy.com!

On Monday you can click the red CyberMonday banner to see savings of up to 70% at Buy.com. If you click it before Monday you’ll see the Black Friday page.

If you don’t know Buy.com you really should look them over. I’ve been shopping there for years. I get a lot of DVDs, CDs, software, and electronics. I’ve mentioned them earlier in my T-Mobile G1 Battery post.

Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Shop Pink Ribbon products from Buy.com!For the entire month of October, Buy.com has set up a special Breast Cancer Awareness Store. If you buy any of the 2 dozen or so products, a portion of the sale will go to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. I’ve highlighted a few items here from companies that are making the highest contributions. Additionally, Skylarking, Skylark Webworks and Skylark NetWorks will be donating 10% of its proceeds for October to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at the end of the month. Click the links or the photos, and you’ll be taken to Buy.com’s Breast Cancer Awareness Store. The links also let them know you came from Skylarking.

Buy for the Cause! Shop for Pink Ribbon products from Buy.com’s Breast Cancer Awareness store! Expires 10/31/09

Verbatim 320GB USB Portable Hard Drive - Pink
Verbatim 320GB USB Portable Hard Drive – Pink
: $8 of each sale is going to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This small lightwight portable hard drive holds more than some computers do, and its just a little bit bigger than your cellphone. Compatible with Mac OS 9.x, Mac OS x10.1 or higher, Windows 200, Windows XP, Windows Vista. With Nero Backitup 2 Essentials for Windows. It’s yours for only $81.24, and shipping is free.
New Era Anaheim Ducks Hockey Fights Cancer Women's Adjustable Hat
New Era Anaheim Ducks Hockey Fights Cancer Women’s Adjustable Hat
: 10% of the hat proceeds go towards Hockey Fights Cancer (HFC) and the National Hockey League (NHL) is matching 10%. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Hockey Fights Cancer, and this hat is officially licensed by the NHL. The hat is yours for only $15.59 including shipping.

eBags

All year round eBags contributes 10% of the retail sales price of qualifying products to the Denver affiliate of Susan G. Komen For the Cure.


Knomo Siena 15.4


Knomo Siena 15.4


Baekgaard Laptop Tote


Baekgaard Laptop Tote


Baekgaard Mini Notebook Checkbook Cover


Baekgaard Mini Notebook Checkbook Cover


Nike Reversible Gymsack SMU


Nike Reversible Gymsack SMU


Roxy Girl pepper


Roxy Girl pepper


American Tourister iLite XL 21 Rolling Expandable Upright


American Tourister iLite XL 21 Rolling Expandable Upright


Diane Von Furstenberg Studio Jacquard 25 Wheeled Suitcase


Diane Von Furstenberg Studio Jacquard 25 Wheeled Suitcase


Royce Leather Leather Garment Cover


Royce Leather Leather Garment Cover

Mobile Edge

Mobile Edge is a proud corporate partner with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Mobile Edge donates 10% of the retail sales price of each Komen Laptop bag sold back to the Foundation.


Mobile Edge Komen Paris Computer Backpack - Backpack - MicroFiber - Black


Mobile Edge Komen Paris Computer Backpack – Backpack – MicroFiber – Black


Mobile Edge Komen Pink Faux-Suede Tote


Mobile Edge Komen Pink Faux-Suede Tote


Komen ECO Tote for notebooks up to 16 to 17 screens


Komen ECO Tote for notebooks up to 16 to 17 screens


Mobile Edge Komen Milano fits laptops with screens up to 15.4 (Pink Faux-Croc) - MEMCXS


Mobile Edge Komen Milano fits laptops with screens up to 15.4 (Pink Faux-Croc)
– MEMCXS


Komen Geneva Microfiber Tote for up to 15.4 (black/pink leather trim)


Komen Geneva Microfiber Tote for up to 15.4 (black/pink leather trim)


Mobile Edge Komen Pink Suede Tote Case


Mobile Edge Komen Pink Suede Tote Case

As if that wasn’t enough, here are three more items for you to consider.

A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors
A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors
: Fifty cents of each book sale will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This book contains the stories of 50 breast cancer survivors. Covering tales of diagnosis to chemotherapy, facing hair loss and possibly the loss of a breast. Support the cause with this book for only $9.59. Stories are medicine for the soul.
Susan G. Komen 4GB Portable USB Flash Drives (2 x 4GB)
Susan G. Komen 4GB Portable USB Flash Drives (2 x 4GB)
: Portions of the proceeds of the sale of these flash drives will go to the Susan K. Koman for the Cure Foundation. These drives from PNY are USB 2.0 compatible for your PC or Mac. The great thing is the caps are integrated, so you don’t have to worry about losing them. Yours for only $27.49 with free shipping, or pay and extra $5.49 and get 2nd Day Express Shipping. They could be in your pocket next week.
Nathan Quickdraw Plus - Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Nathan Quickdraw Plus – Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
: 5% of proceeds go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This 22 oz bottle is great for short runs or hikes, working out, or for running errands. It also has Scotchlite reflective trim for visibility. It has an adjustable handstrap, and a zippered pocket. The side of the pocket is adorned with the symbolic pink ribbon for the cause. Yours for only $22.11 including shipping.

There are more items to choose from, so Buy for the Cause! Shop for Pink Ribbon products from Buy.com’s Breast Cancer Awareness store! Expires 10/31/09

Back to School Savings (9/1 – 9/6)

Good Morning! Here are a few items you may find of use from Buy.com. Most of these offers end this coming Sunday, and from what I’ve seen so far, some are running out. So hop to it.

datatraveller112Kingston 16GB DataTraveler 112 USB Flash Drive
Only $29 (Lists for $66). FREE BUDGET SHIPPING. Offer ends 9/6/09
A 16 gigbyte flash drive is perfect for storing all your school files for all your classes this year. The modern classroom isn’t just pens and pencils anymore. Digital cameras and recorders and commonplace nowadays, and you need a lot of storage to hold it all. Plus its great for transferring files from school to home, laptop, to PC, and vice versa. Remember floppy disks? This is equal to more than 11,000 floppy disks. (Did you know floppies last less than one year? One of my flash drive went through a load of laundry once 5 years ago and I am still using it today. It has some nice looking scratches on it.)

brotherlabellerBrother Electronic Labeling System – Refurbished
Only $20. (Lists for $80). FREE BUDGET SHIPPING. Offer ends 9/6/09

This labeling system is great for printing all the labels you need to tag all your kids school gear. The labels are printed using a thermal system whcih means the print won’t run if the tags get wet, so they’ll stand up in the ran on the way to school, or the wear and tear of those gym classes. This beats handwriting with the Sharpie. I’ve had one of these for several years now, and I highly recommend it.

canonpixmaCanon PIXMA MP490 Photo All-In-One Inkjet Color Printer
Only $70. (Lists for $100). FREE BUDGET SHIPPING. Offer ends 9/6/09
Back to school, and back to the printer. Why not get a new printer for yourself, and let the kids have the old printer? Afterall, they’ll have a lot of homework and reports to do. And that means lots of printing. Why not get a reliable Canon printer? Canon is always at the top of my printer manufacturer list. It’s great for printing photos straight from your camera’s memory card, too.

caseloginbackpackCase Logic Lightweight Sport Backpack
Now $35. (Lists for $55). Limit 5 per customer. FREE BUDGET SHIPPING. Offer ends 9/6/09
No matter what level of education you’re in, there’s no easier way to carry all your books and gear than with a nice nylon backpack. (Hmm, a gratuiotous use of the word nylon if I ever read one. Be thankful I didn’t mention it was lightweight, too.) It also has a padded compartment for holding a laptop with a 15.4″ screen. Not an issue if you have a netbook, eh? It’s colors are grey and black, and it features an air channel between your back and the pack so that your back doesn’t get all sweaty before the cold weather sets in.

missileshooterFoam Missile Shooter – Twin Pack
Only $12.99. (Lists for $24). FREE BUDGET SHIPPING. Offer ends 9/6/09
All work and no play yada yada yada. Great for the kids, and great fun for you too. Anyone out there work in an office that doesn’t mind if you bring a missile launcher to work? I work at home, so I don’t think the boss will mind. I know a few guys who work at Google, and theb there are my buddies at the old IT department I used to work in. I think they might like to have one of these at the end of the day. Might be fun at the college computer lab on a slow day.

coffeemakerChambord French Press Coffee Maker (8 Cup, Stainless Steel)
$36. FREE BUDGET SHIPPING. Offer ends ???
It’s not tech, but I drink coffee, too, and I guess some of you do too.  Start or end the day in style with a fresh pot of coffee from this French press style coffee maker. It makes up to 8 cups of coffee. That’s a lot more than my puny Mr. Coffee machine makes. Maybe I should switch?

whitneyhoustonI Look To You – Whitney Houston
Only $9.97. (Lists for $14). FREE BUDGET SHIPPING. Offer ends …
It’s been 7 years since Whitney’s put out an album. What is she? A Vulcan? (That’s a Star Trek: Amok Time reference, folks. Look it up, please.) Once upon a time she was saving all her love for you, now she saves it all up for the occasional CD release. So, come on, Whitney, show us what you got; it’s been a long long time. It’s back to school, old school. Pop the CD in the car when your driving the kids to school. Or pop it into your PC’s CD player and copy it into your iTunes library for your iPod. I personally prefer the sound recorded from my CDs over the ones I download on iTunes.

bloodpressuremeter

Omron HEM-790IT Blood Pressure Monitor
Only $74. (Lists for $130). FREE BUDGET SHIPPING. Offer ends: ???
Too much coffee, too much chasing the kids? Too much late night cramming? Well, make sure you’re not overdoing it with this blood pressure monitor. I’ve read these things work better that the one by the counter in your local CVS or pharmacy, and my doctor has started recommending I get one, too, because of my cheese and salted pumpkin seeds diet. You’re saving more than $50 on the price here, so snatch one up while the offer lasts.

That’s all I have for today, folks. Hmm, I cannot resist throwing in an offer for the Sookie Stackhouse Novels. After all, it’s not about me. “It’s all for you.”  That’s not Whitney. That’s not Star Trek. That’s a Janet reference. Where’s my coffee?

Factory Refurbished iPods for Sale

Buy.com has some nice prices today for some factory reconditioned and refurbished iPods. These are items that were purchased, but the buyer either changed their mind, or found a few items missing, or brought it back to exchenge for something else. In some cases these were returned gifts. Regardless, they were check and repackaged by the Apple factory for resale.

Check them out, there are some nice savings to be had here. And please use the links here, so Buy.com know Skylarking sent you. And let me remind you, I don’t mention any items or offers that I don’t personally and professionally consider to be worthwhile. This is not a paid promotion.

Apple iPod 60GB Generation 5 Refurbished

apple-ipod-60-refurb60 GB hard drive memory; Holds up to 15,000 songs and full-color album art; Bright 2.5-inch, 320 x 240 pixel TFT display; Up to 20 hours of battery life; Holds up to 25,000 photos; Holds up to 150 hours of video; Enjoy Podcasts and audio books; Apple click wheel; Accessory-compatible dock connector; Charges and syncs via USB; Syncs contacts, calendars and to-do lists; Shuffle songs or albums; Repeat one or all; Adjust audio book reading speed; Sound check on or off; 20 equalizer presets; Backlight timer; Display contrast; Alarms on, off or silent; Sleep timer; Date and time; Display time in menu bar; Contacts sort and display by first or last names; Clicker on or off; Unit dimensions: 4.1 x 2.4 x 0.55-inches; Includes USB cable and Headphones. This item listed for $399.95 when it was new. It’s yours for only $120. Bono not included.

Apple iPod 5th Generation 30GB Refurbished

apple-ipod-30-refurbThis item is factory reconditioned with a 90 day distributor warranty.2.5″ LCD; 30GB Hard Drive; Video: MPEG-4, QuickTime; Dock Connector; Composite Video Output; Mini-phone Stereo Audio Line Out; Holds up to 7,500 Songs; Holds up to 25,000 iPod-viewable photos; Video Player; Holds over 1,000 Videos based on 4 minutes; Audio Player; Audio Formats: AIFF, WAV, AAC, MP3; Includes Ear bud headphones, USB cable, and iTunes software for Mac and Windows; Charging via USB or FireWire to computer system or power adapter; 4.1″ H x 2.4″ W x 0.43″ D; Image Formats: BMP, JPEG, PSD (Mac only), PNG, TIFF, GIF; Weight: 4.8 oz;Customizable main menu; Create multiple On-the-Go playlists; Adjust audiobook playback speed; Clicker playback through headphones; Rate songs; Shuffle songs or albums; Repeat one or all; Sound Check on or off; 20 Equalizer settings; Backlight timer; Alarms on, off or silent; Sleep timer; Date and time; Display time in menu bar; Contacts sort and display by first or last names; Clicker on or off.

I almost overdid it on this post by including language support and charge times, but you can find all that out at Buy.com’s site if interested.

Beat Generation Podblaster – Portable Speakers for your iPod

podblasterTake out the earphones and let everyone listen to your iPod. It’s a lot easier to do with this ultra-light podblaster. This is the all vinyl PodBlaster iPod Stereo Travel Case from LifePod. It comes with a Storage pocket with room for your power charger and cables, firewire connector, FM transmitter and everything you need while traveling. The 3-watt amplifier is powered by four AA batteries (not included) or a USB connector (included!) The speakers are fully integrated, the clear window in the fron t flips open so you can control your iPod. Plus its has a compact and ultraportable design and construction.

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Weekend Deals from Buy.com

Here are some deals from Buy.com. I’ve done quite a bit of shopping on Buy.com. I bought a bunch of HP photo printers for the family there last year, and I regularly check in for deals on DVDs, too. Here are a few deals that were brought to my attention recently. These offers are vaild until Monday, June 29.

6-26-2009 1-56-15 AMPhilips amBX Surround Sound Speaker system with Hawk PC game. This is a surround sound system which is ideal for computer gaming systems. Immerse yourself in the game. Regularly this system’s list price is $230, but Buy.com is offering it for only $80 this weekend. I wonder what iTunes would sound like on this system? Or perhaps one of my Netflix downloads?

6-26-2009 2-27-38 AMViewSonic 22″(21.5 Viewable) Widescreen LCD Monitor. This is a full high definition 1080p monitor with a high contrast 18,000 to 1 contrast ratio for crisp images. It also has a DVI connection. This monitor lists for $295, but Buy.com is offering it this weekend for $170.

6-26-2009 2-35-37 AM30 GB Apple iPod. This is an Apple factory reconditioned iPod. These iPods, generally, were purchased by people who changed their mind and returned the unit, or they found it was missing an accessory, so they exchanged it for another. These items have been repackaged for sale at the factory. New these iPods listed for $399. Normally Nuy.com sells these reconditioned units for $150, but this weekend they are offering a $50 instant rebate and free budget shipping. Your cost after rebate: $100.

Buy.com Sale is on

Check out the posts from this past Saturday to see my recommendations. One of the posts was titled “Sneak Peek Sale. 16 GB Flash Drive for $30, and more”. In that post I pointed out a list of items I thought were either exceptional bargains or popular and useful items. The other was “Shoot underwater video for less than $200” in which I discuss the Sanyo camcorder that allows you to shoot 30 minutes of video under 5 feet of water.

By the way, I received a thank you note from Buy.com on Twitter regarding those posts.  You can follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/robertsaunders. Curious to know more about Twitter, send me a question or post a comment.




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