Do you own a high-end Pavilion Elite desktop PC from HP? If it's suffered from blue screens or lockups, you might qualify for a free replacement, thanks to a court-ordered settlement now underway. But hurry, the clock runs out on March 1, 2012.
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Last year, Microsoft pulled the plug on its Kin phone after only seven weeks. HP just discontinued its TouchPad after even a shorter lifespan. It's embarrassing to fail so quickly and in such spectacular fashion, but the hidden costs are much more profound for both companies.
When Hewlett Packard called last month and asked whether I wanted some hands-on time with their new MediaSmart home server, I jumped at the chance. My biggest question was simple: Why should I buy this hardware when I can build my own server, presumably for less? After spending the last two weeks comparing the MediaSmart Server to one I built, I see the difference. If you're looking for world-class backup, along with easy remote access and digital media sharing capabilities, this machine should be on your short list.