Learn When To Buy Apple Products

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So, you have probably decided to buy something from Apple.  Be it their MacBook Pro, Macbook Airs,  iMacs, iPhones, iPad, iPod Nano or iPod touch you should know when is the right time to buy Apple products. That 5 minutes you are spending to read this are probably going to save you some money. So no time is money problems here right?

When To Buy Apple Products

The question is, “When is the right time to buy Apple Products?

If you are an avid fan or have done some research then you should know about their scheduled once-a-year updates. This ‘cycle’ applies to all Apple Products in the market, evidently proved by the new iPad 3.

When To Buy MacBook Pro/Standard

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The MacBook Pro is  released fi    rst in the fourth quarter of the year or around October. The standard MacBook is always released along with its Pro version, so if you are looking to buy the ‘economical’ MacBook then you are covered right here. So, wait till October if you want the next batch of MBPs.

 

 

 

When To Buy MacBook Air

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The first generation of MacBook Air is released in the summer, so you can expect the same with its next generations. So, if you are looking to buy a MacBook Air, a little extra patience will get you better performance and specs for the next cycle. Prices for the older generation will also be cut then and will get you a better deal. Price cuts are usually for $100 to $200, so yeah, that’s quite a lot just for an extra month of waiting.

 

When To Buy Mac Mini / iMacs

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Their cycle are due this July, so don’t buy them right now. Next gen iMacs are rumored to have retina displays and better specs. A month of waiting should give you some more future proofing since the new iMacs should use the new ivy bridge processors.

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The iPad 3 was just recently released, so no worries here. If you can muster some patience, you should be able to get better deals in Black Fridays, similar holidays or a sale in a retailer. For those who want to know their usual cycle date, they are scheduled around March. Buying refurbished is always an option if you want to save more money.

When To Buy iPhones

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Their next upgrade will be the iPhone 5 and I recommend you to only buy if you need them now since the cycle are due in a couple months. iPhones always upgrade in a tick-tock manner, adding an ‘S’ after every 2 cycles. The ‘S’ usually only add to processing power and networking capabilities, proved by the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S.When To Buy iPod Nano, iPod Shuffle, iPod Touch

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Their cycle ends in September, so expect to wait for September to October for updates. iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle does not offer a lot of upgrades so if you can’t wait any longer, taking the plunge will not cost you as dearly. iPod Touch is an exception since its upgrades are often worthwhile. Some rumors spreading around says that they will have a dual core, a change in design and a better camera. But take the news with a grain of salt since it might not be all true.

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Unsubscribe Annoying Emails Before It’s Too Late

If you are anything like me, which I am pretty sure of,  right now you probably have around 1000 or more junk emails sitting in your inbox. If you are still sitting in the triple digits then good, you can still stop them before it’s too late.

Why You Got Them In The First Place

1. Facebook

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Facebook is one of the worst plague in my Hotmail account right now and accounts for about 2500+ e-mails that I have there. My inbox is now sitting in the 4 digits, all because of Facebook’s fault. (okay some of it is mine)

 

 

2. Daily Deals

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Some daily deals services like Groupon or Living Social might contribute to your massive inbox if you have ever registered for them. Stopping them is surprisingly hard for since I got 4 of those sites and unsubscribing is, well, exhausting. Add that to my laziness and they are still untouched to this day.

3. Registering In Random Sites

Signing up your warranties apparently makes you “eligible” to their newsletters and promotions. They are not the worst kinds since they rarely bring updates. Some forums also notify you by e-mail for every reply and private messages. Right now they occupy around 10% of my inbox but since I like being notified about replies (so that I can reply back), I decided to let them be for now.

4. Email Subscription

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If you read other blogs and like what you see, you subscribe to them. Unfortunately what brings great happiness to the author brings you an e-mail everyday. One or two blogs/website will not disturb you but if you have around 10-15 blogs subscribed like me, you can get around 15 e-mails each day. After a two weeks vacation you would have gathered around 200 emails that you know you will never read.

 

 

 

How To Stop Them Before It’s Too Late

1. Facebook

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You see, Facebook always delivers useless e-mails like, “Person A commented in your photo” or “Person B tags you in his photo”. Worse, they won’t stop there because when you are tagged, all comments regarding the photo will create another e-mail to your inbox, notifying you of the reply. You should know yourself what the comments will be like: ‘useless’.
Fortunately there is a setting in your account settings page labeled “Notifications”, all you need to is uncheck them all and you are done. Don’t know why I never bother to check them out.

2. Daily Deals

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Unsubscribedeals.com offers you an easy way to unsubscribe all your daily deals e-mails. All you need to is press the big ass “Connect with your Gmail Account” button and sign in with your google account. Don’t worry it will only bring you ONE e-mail notifying that you applied there and stuff.

3. Registering in Random Sites

I hope you still remember your account sign-in ID and passwords for them. I don’t, that’s why I’m stuck with these e-mails from them. If you remember your account, good, you can unsubscribe them directly by visiting each site one by one and see where the “unsubscribe” link is placed. Usually there is already an “unsubscribe” link provided in the bottom of those e-mails.

4. Email Subscription

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The steps you take will be the same as the steps you take ditching those membership cards in your wallet. Choose some of the blogs you don’t read anymore and unsubscribe to them. Do reserve a spot for mine though. (hint!hint!)
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The 5 Most Awesome Hackers Wannabe Computer Pranks

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Everyone must have wished to do something “hacky” at one point in their lives. Have you ever felt the urge to ‘tamper’ with your friend’s computer while they are away or in the toilet? Forget writing embarassing statuses in his/her Facebook or checking up their history, that’s just child’s play. These pranks will leave your friends freaking out while you laugh away (secretly, of course)

Faking a Blue Screen of Death

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A tech-savvy person will call this phenomenon as the Blue Screen of Death (shortened, BSOD). Your everyday samaritan will call this as the “rage-inducing computer crash”. But you know for certain that it is only a screensaver you have just downloaded. Either way, the next thing they would usually do is reset their computer or call for help (this is where you come to rescue). If your friend has an affinity to smash the pc due to rage/stress then don’t do it! (I actually know one person who might do exactly that).

Stop Everyone Else From Using That Wifi

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This one requires you to bring a laptop with you and a little prep work. Just download Netcut right here and install it before you actually put it to practice. Next time you are in your friend’s house, ask him for his wifi password (if he has a password) and go open up the software discreetly, preferably in the corner of the room. When you are done, you should be able to see your friend’s bewilderment. For a greater effect, ask an accomplice to watch what you are doing. I personally feel it very satisfying to have that ‘control’, and your friend will be amazed at what you can do too.

Turn the Internet Browser Upside Down

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If you are familiar with a bit of wireless knowledge (IP tables, servers and those things), you might want to try this “Upside Down Trick by Ternet”. All you have to do is redirect your target’s connection to Ternet’s server and should not take more time than a 5 minutes toilet break. You might want to practice this trick first at home before trying it for real. Nothing is more embarassing than a fail attempt, especially ones where you want to look smart.

Turn on the Dvorak Keyboard Layout

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The Dvorak keyboard layout is said to be designed to make typing faster and more ergonomic. Fortunately, most of your friends should not know the Dvorak’s keyboard layout, making it an easy, harmless computer prank. Let’s just say that anything your friends type will turn into complete gibberish. An example being the word, “stupid” into “oyglce”. While you’re at it, try to actually learn the Dvorak’s way since it might be beneficial to you in the future. (the main reason being the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)

To turn on the Dvorak Keyboard Layout, go to Control Panel–Region and Language–-Keyboards –-Change keyboards, then click the Add button and pick the Dvorak layout.

Hotkey Any Keys Into Any Phrase

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Just think about it, which key is the most used key while you are typing? General consensus says it is either the ‘space’ or ‘backspace’ key. Using a simple AutoHotkey script with a single line of code is enough for this awesome computer prank.

*Space::Send,”John is a twad”

 

You can change the ‘space’ into any key. Learn more by referring to this guide over at autohotkey.com. You can also find the autohotkey program (for making the script) there.



Note that most of the pranks here is only ‘practical’ provided that you have physical access to the target’s computer and a diversion to the target (toilet breaks, quick stroll, buying something).

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How to Build Your Own PC 101: Planning

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Today I am going to teach you how to build your own PC (This post will be the first out of a series of how-to’s that I am going to post later this week). Everyone must have one of those techie friends that are able to build one. Ever wonder how they do it? After reading this you will be able to do it yourself!

Building your own computer is a highly praised  skill nowadays and while the idea of building one can be very intimidating for first-timers, it will be a very enjoyable experience. Anyways, it will not hurt to learn this particular skill. First on this topic is:

Planning, planning, planning

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Now that you are determined to build one for yourself or if you just want to learn the behind-the-scenes in building a computer, the first thing you need to do is careful planning, just like how you plan for buying a car or a house. So put on your thinking cap and let’s continue!

How Much Do You Want To Spend?

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You should first consider how much you want to spend, it is essential to do so to avoid any disappointment after buying your computer parts. Firstly, prepare because we are getting a bit technical here. Now I have to explain that there is a kind of a boundary line where normal users won’t need to cross. For office tasks and some light gaming, you should expect to shell out $400 to $600 depending on where you plan to buy them. Gamers usually want some eye-candy so they need to shell out about $600 to $800. Enthusiasts usually want the best thing in the market for their computer so they usually cross the “boundary” of normal users.
I mentioned a ‘boundary’ specially because there is a kind of a trend line in cost/performance where as you get higher in cost, performance gained will keep decreasing. To explain this better, I made a graph down below
graphAs you can see the ‘performance’ line decreases after the $600 point and decreases again after the $1000 point. While this is not, by any means, accurate data, you should get the basic idea of cost/performance in the pc market. Phew, I hate getting economical.

 

Why Build and not Buy?

 DSC_0075Sure, buying a manufactured built-up pc is quite cheap nowadays if you don’t want any hassle, but if you want to get economical, building a pc from ground up is definitely the way to go. Still, the best reason for building is always the satisfaction of being able to build one. I know for myself, that it is still one of my biggest achievement in 2011.
There are other good reasons to build instead of buy, too. For example is the customization ability you will get. You can easily change your computer parts at willsince you knew it inside-out. One day you can make it your work pc and maybe later you want it to be a specialized media center or even a home theater system. Have it your way!  You can save money too if you already have some parts from your old pc. But buying brand new parts will definitely make it easier for your first-time. I am saying this because there might be some incompatibilities in your system if you try to salvage your old pc, like your harddisk PATA interface with your motherboard SATA interface. With a custom build you can also do fun stuff like overclocking your CPU and get even more cost/performance value but we will get to that later.

What you need to do now

Now think again how much you will want to spend and keep it in mind so that you won’t step over your budget line. Do some researching about building a pc while you’re at it, there are a lot of building a PC video in YouTube or VideoJug. For best deal and prices I usually check them over at NewEgg. If it gets confusing you can always close them and wait for my next post about the computer parts you need to buy for your budget. Stay Tuned!

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