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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:


palm pilot, 1997 -2008?

With all the news about Palm’s new webOS and Pre smartphone taking center stage, it should be noted that the Tungsten and other “stupid” devices no longer appear on Palm’s website. Is this the end of the personal organizer as we knew it? Should I ebay my Tungsten now? Will anyone remember Handspring?

On the web:

t-mobile g1: the android

How’s this for an early adopter? I ordered T-Moble G1, the first mobile device to use Google’s Android platform. It’s actually an HTC Dream, but more about that when I get it. As I already was a T-Mobile customer (vintage Nokia 3390), the signup was painless… or was it? The total bill of $210 included a $19 “upgrade fee”, plus a two (2) year contract. I chose the unlimited web/limited text plan for $25/mo.

I have to admit, $200 for a mobile computer is relatively inexpensive, considering the price of the Nokia Internet Tablet, or something like a Treo or Blackberry. And who wants to have Apple’s iPhone when you can have your very own ANDROID? Actually, what really tipped it for me was the low cost data plan, and a recent visit to Microcenter. Yes, my wife did make me cancel my order to Dell for the Inspiron Mini 9 before I ordered the phone, but that was no biggie. I put my hands on Acer’s netbook, and realized it may be too small for comfort and – compared to the Android – too big to lug around.

BTW, I ordered the brown one, but don’t expect to see it on eBay for at least two years!

More at the end of October.

On the web:

palm foleo – not

There was a lot of buzz (which died off immediately) for Palm’s latest gadget, the Foleo. Billed as a “mobile companion” it’s supposed to compliment your Treo/cellphone… whatever. Looks like a nice small internet device, and I have to admit, I’ve always had a Palm, ever since US Robotics issued the Palm Pilot way back when (ten years ago to be exact)!

But the summer is almost over and still no release. Will it make me not want the Nokia N800? Looks like we’lll have to wait until October…

Palm Foleo