iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

Summary: For Cyber Monday, ten things to to avoid which could hamper your Generation Y credibility.

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  • Product: Paying for pre-installed bloatware anti-virus
    Main downfall: It's disproportionately expensive and on the most part, useless

    Reason to avoid: Would you ever trust bloatware? An anti-virus solution pre-installed on your desktop or laptop which says that it's protecting your computer (or not, they vary) but either way, it says that you need to stump up even more money than you've already spent, just to get it going? It's crazy. Uninstall it and forget about it. Push it to the very back of your mind and quash it down as if it never even happened. Think about a free anti-virus solution, because in many cases they're a lot better than the paid, subscription alternative.

    Think about getting: a free anti-virus solution, because sometimes they're better than the paid versions.
     

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  • Product: Cloud storage
    Main downfall: Vulnerable to home and potentially foreign counter-terrorism and surveillance laws

    Reason to avoid: There are plenty of reasons to avoid cloud storage. You could by accident breach the terms and conditions of the site rendering your account lost and useless. Another reason is that the data is out of your control, unlike an external backup drive. You can never be one hundred percent sure what's going on with your data, how secure it is or who it may be accessible to (such as the US Government, for example). Plus, you could end up paying through your nose for bandwidth costs, as download speeds are usually not bad but uploading stuff will cost a fair bit if you go over your allotted bandwidth.

    Think about getting: a fully-fledged external backup drive instead.
     

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    To check out the original post on the iGeneration blog, head over here. Also, head on over this way to see 10 things you should get on Cyber Monday.

  • Product: Beer/mini-fridge
    Main downfall: Energy costs can be huge; noisy, pointless.

    Reason to avoid: It is tempting, I will give you that. But even though in some cases they may not cost that much to buy or even run during the year, but with the state of cheap electronics in the United States (I've been there, I can judge) then the chances are you'll get an energy guzzler. Not only this, but they're noisy too - because a friend of mine had one in my first year of college and I could hear it from down the hall. Turn it off during the night? Yeah, if you want your beer to go cold. You could be spending your money on something more useful; like actual beer, in an actual bar, where there are actual people. A beer fridge just makes you unsociable.
     

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    To check out the original post on the iGeneration blog, head over here. Also, head on over this way to see 10 things you should get on Cyber Monday.

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  • Is it really easy to get Video from computer to TV?

    First, thanks for the articles. I especially benefited from the last one on flash drive.

    But I have questions on how you mentioned about using a media extender to watch video on TV from computer. First, how well the resolution must be for the video to be able to show up clearly on TV? Second, my cousin told me you need a very good video card installed on computer to sustain such work. So, is it possible to get a well enough video card without costing a fortune?
    geeky-doll
    • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

      I find it funny how they missed the number one thing to aviod
      Anything made by apple
      rparker009
      • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

        @rparker009 Exactly...
        snoop0x7b
  • Your Cyber Monday Budget theme - keep it under 300 dollars

    After reading your selections for holiday gift giving ideas, I noticed that you chose gifts costing under 300 dollars. That is a good budget figure suggestion.

    I also noticed that the iPod Nano was one of "The Chosen". Since I already purchased a "Black Friday" pink Nano and pink Nano watch wrist band for a very special eleven year old niece, it might be somewhat disingenuous of me if I were to congratulate you on a fine recommendation. If the Nano becomes THE HOT gadget gift item this year, it would be rather ironic considering all the non enthusiastic blog reviews it received upon its introduction.

    Although it "pains" me that you kept the iPad off your buy list, I can understand that choice considering its initial cost and that its successor (rumored to be substantially improved) is only a few short months away from availability.

    One item that you did not include on your buy list (and an item that is listed in Amazon's top twenty gadgets) is the Apple TV gen 2.

    Since the gen 2 Apple TV can be utilized in viewing all downloaded iTunes U video podcasts (in addition to playing audio podcasts) over a home entertainment system, it might be used to enhance your generation's learning environment. (By the way, I just verified the fact that an iTunes U video podcast can be streamed from a PC to a home entertainment system via an Apple TV gen 2.)

    Finally, I noticed that you did not mention any Google TV items .. whether the various Sony TV units or any external Google TV setup boxes .. in either of your lists. Since I noticed that, across the pond, all the major network media distributors have blocked Google TV content from being shown, I would suggest that consumers hold off purchasing this item for the time being.
    kenosha77a
    • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

      @kenosha7777 You're right; I did try to keep stuff down to an 'acceptable' price, considering I aim these at the Generation Y and those in college. Apple TV works great, yes, but with on-demand telly and a media extender (if you choose) it works best if you buy in a collective rather than a singular (so shared student houses).

      And you're right about Google TV - an obvious reason why I kept it off the list :)
      zwhittaker
  • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

    "It's not an iPod, and having one will be socially awkward".
    I didn't realized that Apple is doing so bad that are putting scribes to threaten people. You can be sued for this statement, you do realize that?
    spadurar@...
  • Buy a Nano only if you want to feel ripped off

    Get a 16GB Zune HD for $150 on Amazon. Larger beautiful OLED screen for pictures and videos, internet capable, sync through wi-fi, AND still run apps. Buy a feature stripped 16GB Nano 6G for $170 on Amazon. Pay MORE for less of a device. Do yourself a favor and get a 5g Nano that has better features. This model is Apple's way of separating your money from you to pad their profit margin. The 6G is the same price as the 5G and yet still costs the same.

    Socially awkward? I don't think so. I am laughing all the way to the bank. Of course, people make poor financial decisions everyday in the US anyway. I suppose that is how people are losing their houses to foreclosure.
    mstrsfty
    • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

      @mstrsfty Yeah, Apple's new thing is to get hipsters to deride people who don't buy their products...
      snoop0x7b
  • Zune?

    <i>It's not an iPod, and having one will be socially awkward</i><br>Will your next message be "you should smoke and do drugs, because alot of teenagers do it and it would be socialy awkward if you didn't?".<br><br>That's a idiotic statement no matter what you apply it to. <br>Get what works best for you, not because other people are doing something different.

    Maybe you should just start calling yourself [i]Generation Stupid[/i] ?
    John Zern
    • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

      @John Zern Well it's how I started smoking cigarettes, to be honest.
      zwhittaker
    • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

      @John Zern Surely if you're old enough to read the news it's occurred to you that being ruled by social pressure is only slightly more stupid than ignoring it. Just sayin' that's a profoundly stupid argument. You are hoping to some day be nekkid with an attractive person of your preferred gender, no?
      caburlingame
  • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

    I have to disagree with the zune suggestion. If you find one at a good price it is still one of the best video players out there as far as quality in a pmp
    tommcd64
  • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

    Hey zak! I have a zune HD and a zune 30gb..They kick ass..Your statement "..It's not an iPod, and having one will be socially awkward ... " people should avoid is moronic to say the least..The software/harwdware and ui are good as or better than itunes interface....
    patchman
  • and downloading music just isn't as fun as using iTunes.

    I don't use a Zune, but using iTunes is not fun.
    voiOfRsn
  • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

    What an amazing fridge!!!

    "Turn it off during the night? Yeah, if you want your beer to go cold."

    And there you were, complaining about its poor energy efficiency! If every fridge worked that way, we'd cut the country's energy usage in half!
    boothby
    • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

      @boothby Cold beer? Pfft! Give me a room-temp one any day. MmMm!!!!111!
      PacoBell
  • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

    Your Zune comment is weak. I have one and love it. 32GB for $200 on Amazon. iTouch 32GB was $350. Do the math. Also, Zune software much better than iTunes.
    hoaxoner
  • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

    Beer fridge? Really? I could use a beer fridge (as an avid home brewer), my normal fridge doesn't have enough room...
    snoop0x7b
  • Joking?

    "Plus, considering that the Generation Y are not exactly famed for its literary skills as far to say that most people of my generation do not read books all that much."

    Please tell me that's a joke.
    caburlingame
  • RE: iGeneration gadget groove: 10 things to avoid on Cyber Monday

    It is essential if not required that you plan a budget before beginning your Cyber Monday shopping. Way to many deals exist for you to try and wing it. http://mycybermondaydeals.net/ will help you to find these deals and make it easier for you to save money for you and your family on this famous holiday shopping weekend.
    jdmarket