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Survey? Survey? Survey?

I continually get this popup from BestBuy about taking a customer satisfaction survey. You know what would satisfie your clients BestBuy? After a dozen times of clicking no thanks you might want to stop pestering your client base. I know that would make me happy.

At least if you had a Wacom sale going on like FutureShop I might forgive you. If I had the money I would probably get one as my eight year old Wacom connects using a serial (that I have to emulate with a USB emulator) and com port.

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XBOX 360 Hard Drive Prices

I've been looking around for a Xbox 360 hard drive to go along with my XBox 360 and I'm really taken aback by the prices. I think I'll end up getting the 60GB as it is not that expensive, but searching online has led me to some not great prices for the 120GB model.

Most places like Best Buy, Future Shop & The Source all have it for $159.99. Costco, where you are supposed to find deals has it for the most expensive at $199.99. Tiger Direct is right behind at $194.99 and they list the original price at $251.99!!!

What really gets me is that my LaCie drive was cheaper at six times the storage. To bad you have to use the official hard drive for save files and demos and no generic drive would do. Microsoft must have a pretty good margine on those drives.

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The Day My Drobo Dream Died or Why USB 3.0 Can’t Get Here Fast Enough

Drobo from Data Robotics is everything you could want. A drive enclosure expandable up to 16TB, redundancy across the four drives to protect against a drive failure, the latest version has Firewire 400 & 800 and the best price I could find in Canada was $450 sans drives. Ok, so forget that last one.

I didn't win the lotto and was quickly running out of storage I had to buy a LaCie 750GB at Futureshop. Appoligies to Cali Lewis.

Now I have all the family photos and video (80GB worth) and my entire iTunes library backed up.

This is really just a stopgap measure until USB 3.0 starts showing up in computers and peripherals sometime in the next couple of years. Right on time for my next computer upgrade.

When you move 100GB onto a external USB drive it really puts a damper on things when it takes 3 to 4 hours or more. Thankfully the new USB 3.0 spec has transfer speeds 10 times the current USB 2.0 standard and will be backwards compatible as well.

So future checklist, computer and a Drobo with USB 3.0.

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Is HD-DVD Dead?

I know, I know. Toshiba has pulled the plug on the format and the list of forth coming titles on HD DVD are shrinking fast. But I still think there is some life left in the format… maybe.

On a recent window shopping trip to Future Shop I overheard two guys talking how they couldn't wait for the prices to drop on HD-DVD titles. I told them it's a dead format and the agreed. Their logic was that they could get HD titles at DVD prices. To top it off they were Future Shop employees on their day off hanging out at the store. They actually thanked me for the public service of telling them.

In other Future Shop news, they are offering a trade in on HD DVD players. You get a $100 credit towards a combo player Blu-ray / HD DVD player. At least you don't lose your investment in all those HD DVD titles you bought. What they don't tell you on the only two dual format players they have are $799.99 & $899.99, ouch. I'm not sure how this compares to Circuit City's unpublicized return policy on HD DVD players. But at least Future Shop doesn't care where you bought them just bring them in.

If you were wondering, Future Shop will donate your old HD DVD player to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. That's great, but do the Boys & Girls Clubs really have that many HD televisions (must start hanging out at the Boys & Girls Club more). And what about new titles to watch? Unless they are just going to use them as up converting DVD players, I don't see the point.

UPDATE: Stupid Engadget. You know if you guys had real jobs you wouldn't be so fast on the posts either.

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HD DVD Aftermath

Now that the format war is over with HD DVD conceding defeat to Blu-ray, where does this leave those early adopters of the now obsolete HD DVD format? To find out, I contacted both Future Shop and Best Buy communications departments.

Both Future Shop and Best Buy as one would expect are pointing clients to their in house tech support (FutureShop forums and the Geek Squad respectively) to answer questions about Blu-ray. Though Best Buy does say that starting in March they "will prominently showcase Blu-ray hardware and software products in its stores and online". I would also think Future Shop will be doing the same even if they did not mention such a move explicitly.

Future Shop and Best Buy are liquidating their HD-DVD players (one is available for $99) but they made no mention of any similar price reductions on films. We might have to wait a while since there are still films scheduled for release on HD-DVD well into May 2008.  I would think that we'll see this list shrink as studios want to cut their losses on the dead format will cancel HD-DVD releases in favor for Blu-ray, but perhaps not all. Dreamworks animation has some questions about dropping HD-DVD for the moment.

On the bright side if you unfortunately joined the HD-DVD camp both Future Shop and Best Buy will continue to honor warranties and offer support. But the clock is ticking on this and eventually (in years) I would expect them to no longer  do so.

Now lets start the real format war… Blu-ray versus DVD.

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Good Feelings Gone

That's strike two Steve. I'm starting to lose that warm and fuzzy feeling where Apple can do no wrong.

Interesting that the 16GB version of the touch sans the January software update is $50 off and $100 cheaper than what they are now calling the Touch V2. It's also the same price as the 8GB model. I guess FutureShop is trying to liquidate the old stock.

Financially you'd be better off buying the older version of the 16GB and playing $20 for the update on iTunes there by saving $90. I'm sure there are some people who won't know this and will get suckered into buying the Touch V2 on the recommendation of commission based sales people.

So when you are out in the stores be sure to educate our fellow consumers.

And Steve, you better hold off on strike three until I buy a MacBook and am totally committed.

UPDATE: Looks like that price of $319.95 for the old version of 16GB was a limited time thing. It's currently 369.95 and the 32GB is now $499.99.

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Canadian Tivo

BOL recently mentioned that Tivo is coming to Canada. And guess what, it's here.

It's $199 at Future Shop and they'll even give you a Tivo branded wireless network adapter for free. It's $198 at the Brick but a Wi-Fi adapter is going to cost you almost $70.

I can't seem to find it at Best Buy but they do have an information page about the Series 2 Tivo.

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The Great Canandian iWait

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Yesterday I swung by Best Buy but no indication of the new iPods anywhere and I sure didn't want to ask anyone. 

Today however both Best Buy and Future Shop on their sites are opening a pre-order for the new iPod lines. Unfortunately they are estimating the release for the 4th of October for the iTouch and the 20th of September for new Nano.

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