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Monthly Archives: August 2011

hp touchpad

You'd have to be quite the Luddite to not know about HP's decision to kill their Touchpad tablet computer and its WebOS (purchased from Palm) operating system. Sales were incredibly slow, reviews mediocre, and third-party products non-existent. Add in the considerable (insurmountable?) lead that Apple's iOS and Google's Android boast, plus the muscle ($$$) of Windows Mobile (or whatever its called), and it's no wonder that HP pulled the plug. Last Friday (8/19), the first rumblings of fire-sale of the remaining inventory appeared on the web – $99 for the 16GB version, $149 for 32GB.

Well of course I want one! Sunday, I drove to a local Best Buy which happened to open at 11am. The first seven (7) people in line got one – unfortunately I was number eight (8). Checked some other places, like Radio Shack, OfficeMax, Microcenter, but all were out. Then, this morning, I happened upon a link to Viola! Barnes & Noble had them for sale, and I placed an order immediately. I bought the 16GB version for $101 plus shipping and sales tax, a total of $115. Cross-fingers, let's see if the order is actually filled; it's slated for shipping on the 24th.

UPDATE: "Due to unexpected customer demand for this item, our inventory was depleted prior to your order being processed so we are unable to fulfill this item as requested. Consequently, we have canceled your order and you will not be billed for this amount."

UPDATE: The following day, I received an email from B&N hawking their Nook Color. Suspect? Of course.

UPDATE: Ordered 8/23 from for $129 + 5.95 shipping.

UPDATE: 8/25 "We understand that you have questions regarding the availability of the Touchpad. Unfortunately, we are completely sold out of this unit at this point. Because we cannot guarantee delivery for this product within a reasonable amount of time, we have canceled your order."

Guess I'll be waiting on Amazon's tablet!

BTW, SlickDeals has a great thread on the fire-sale:


windows update

Did a couple of "clean" installs this week on a few laptops. The XP machine was fortunately imaged at SP2. So that one required SP3 and then an additional 108 high priority updates from Microsoft. The Vista machine required two (2) service packs, and then 99 additional updates from Microsoft. None of this included .Net, Software Optional, Hardware, or Microsoft Office updates, btw…