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August’s Garage Sale offers up some “Stellar” Savings.

Monday, August 13th, 2012 | Author:

Every year, between August 11 and August 13, the Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak, filling the sky with streaks of light. So long as it isn’t cloudy, it’s truly an exciting show to watch.

Just as exciting are the great deals we’ve got for you in this month’s Garage Sale. Here’s just a sampling of what’s available this month – and you won’t even need a clear sky to enjoy it!

As always, items are “first come, first served” and of varying limited quantities, so you’ll want to act quickly. Quantities are limited to that which is on hand and items automatically count down and ‘disappear’ as sold out. Sorry… no rain checks.

OWC’s FireCracker Specials Through July 4th Independence Day!

Friday, July 1st, 2011 | Author:

Four days of 4th of July Savings!

First off – delivery options start as low as $1.95 with free delivery available for orders $159.99 and up. Customers that use the Amazon Checkout option offered on our site also qualify for an OWC Exclusive of up to $50 of instant savings!

All our Featured Specials are good through July 4th, 2011

Specials include:

And more…

And there are also our ‘regular’ featured specials with more too:

The July 4th ‘FireCracker’ Specials end after July 4th – Limited time only…

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

Are We Headed Towards Driveless Desktops?

Monday, May 16th, 2011 | Author:

The recent iMac drive replacement issue topic made me go outside the box in my own thinking, and made me wonder if Cupertino, yet again, had another ace up its sleeve we just weren’t seeing yet.

I thought long and hard because something was always nagging at me… and that’s the question of “why?” My inner three-year-old self was just throwing a temper tantrum. I just had to take the time to listen.  Why make the drive harder to replace in the latest 2011 iMac? I, for one, am not like the many doomsayers. I don’t think of Apple is an evil company run by evil people. In fact, I applaud most everything Apple does. I greatly appreciate their products, the hard work they do, and truly think their contributions to the tech world go under appreciated by most.

However, Apple is a company in the business of making money. They just happen to be a company that makes money doing some wicked cool things. So my hat’s off to everyone who led and built the Apple, Mac, and iOS platforms since day one. The reason I say this is I don’t like to bare out the conspiracy theorist, and Mac vs PC curmudgeons. There will always be parties entrenched on both sides of the debate; some with noteworthy rational points and others irrational. I’m a freedom type guy… buy and use what you like without need to degrade others in the process. I’ve just experienced the debate for so long I simply don’t care, and think my tool of choice works best. Article Continues…

Be Fair to Yourself

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 | Author:

It comes down to a matter of what is right and wrong. At least, when I was a child, and the world worked in pure black and white, with no shades of grey, fairness was everything. If one child cried, “That’s not fair!” people would take note. Fairness was everything.

As an adult, fairness has many different meanings, and many shades of grey. It’s not fair to take something that does not belong to you, unless it’s taxes. And then, how much is a fair amount? Who decides?

The most common type of fairness I see comes from personal lives. “I worked for two hours on that report, and saved it every five minutes. But my hard drive just died, and my report is gone! That’s not fair, I did the work!” Does this sound familiar to you?

When your personal sense of fairness is breached, it hurts all the more. In the above case, yes, the person did the work, and diligently saved their document every five minutes. (Probably a Windows 95 user who is used to the computer crashing every seven minutes.) But today, with the price of external hard drives way down, and the size of storage capacity way up, there really is almost no reason to ever lose your document, and more importantly, the hours you spent working on it. Article Continues…

When Did Quality & Reliability Stop Being Important?

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 | Author:

confusionSeveral events have occurred over the past few weeks that got me and other OWC’ers wondering:

when did quality and reliability stop being important to both consumers and those entrusted with creating consumer electronics?

I’m using that CE term here very broadly to group tech gadgets, general everyday electronic gear (digital cameras for example), and even home appliances as many now have UIs (User Interfaces), and to some degree, an OS (Operating System). It takes awhile for my insights to go full circle, but it’s worth the read as you might be as surprised as we are to some of the observations/conclusions.

What first perhaps got this idea rolling about quality not being found in modern CE products was a 16 month video review/update of the NewerTech miniStack v3 by Michael Manna of the T4 Show. Michael brings a really nice user perspective to all his reviews and drops the vernacular so it’s really easy to understand what’s important and how things work. What took me and OWC Larry aback were the reader comments to Michael’s video. Several of them seemed genuinely amazed that a CE product could last longer than a year.

I was out with my wife this past weekend looking at a variety of kitchen appliances for a variety of reasons. The constant though is that they are all just four years old and while working correctly, they do so with some limitation and/or irritation. Not to mention the occasional odd sound and/or appearance that gives one the incentive to be proactive and replace it before a major problem ensues. What I was taken aback by was the sparse warranty coverage offered by manufacturers on new appliances. A paltry one year…and it didn’t matter whether you were looking at a $499 dishwasher or a $1,800+ refrigerator. Which, I might add, are pretty average prices for those kinds of appliances lest any of you think of me as Rich Uncle Pennybags. And even more dismaying was hearing from several sources that appliances warranties are starting to go to just 90 days!

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