Windows

April 26

Microsoft Canada: Upgrade from XP and get $100 off, 90 Days Support and Free Data Transfer with new Computer

Posted by on April 26, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Microsoft Canada: Upgrade from XP and get $100 off, 90 Days Support and Free Data Transfer with new Computer

The sky is falling and XP is dying! Take advantage of OS death and upgrade with Microsoft Stores!

If you haven’t heard, I’m very, very disappointed in you. Windows XP support ended a few days ago. That means the thirteen year old operating system that you’re using is no longer supported. No more updates, no more tech support from Microsoft, no more illusion of security. It’s all gone. And you better believe if I was a black hat hacker, I’d be furiously working to release a virus to wreak havoc on Windows XP computers. Steal information, hold files ransom, crash systems. I highly suspect that this will happen and you know what? Microsoft doesn’t care. They aren’t going to help you when you get in trouble.

Thankfully they will help you upgrade to Windows 8. Right now if you buy a new PC at MicrosoftStore.com you can get $100 off, 90 days of free support and free data transfer. That last part, for normal users, is huge. All the info on your computer will be transferred to the new one automagically.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind here. The $100 off in only valid on computers or Surface Pro 2 tablets over $599. If you are going to one of the few Canadian bricks and mortar Microsoft Stores, you need to bring your XP machine to trade in.

(Expires: 15th June 2014)

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April 3

Microsoft Store: 64GB Surface RT Tablet + Free Touch Cover (Only $299!)

Posted by on April 3, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Microsoft Store: 64GB Surface RT Tablet + Free Touch Cover (Only $299!)

Get a great tablet at a great price!

I’m here to defend Microsoft. Are you feeling okay, Shawn? Yeah, I’m okay. A little tired but I’m good. Why do you ask? Because you hate Microsoft, Shawn! Why would  you defend them? Well, it’s kind of like a punk rock teenager who hates the establishment cleaning himself up and getting a job at Starbucks while he gets his GED so he can go to college. It’s fine to rage and hate against something blindly but sooner or later (most) people grow up. I used to hate everything Microsoft did, now I’ve come to realize that it’s not all bad. I’ve grown up. That’s right, even me, a nerdy version of anti-establishment punks, can see that Microsoft Surface is a good product.

First off, it’s Microsoft. Most people use Microsoft Windows on their computers so most people are familiar with it. The Windows RT OS that runs on Surface tablets is very similar (almost identical, actually) to the the latest desktop version of the OS, Windows 8. If you’ve been using Windows 8, the tablet is going to be a pick-up-and-go product since you already know the UI. If you, like many people, have looked at Windows 8 and thought that it would really be better on a tablet, well, here’s the tablet with (essentially) Windows 8 on it.

On top of all that you’re getting a full sized 10″ tablet with 64GB of storage AND a free touch cover for only $299. That’s a steal. Listen, I’m no dummy. If you have a Macbook and an iPhone, you are probably sunk in to the Apple world too much to get this. If you’ve bought a new Android phone every year since the G1 came out and you use your stack of old Android tablets as a step stool, you probably aren’t going to switch now. Of maybe you are, maybe you want a change. I think the real market for this deal is the person with a flip phone and a Windows computer. Or the proverbial grandma who will never learn to use a computer but could really use it to talk to her grandkids in Russia. Or even the person who already has a Windows phone. I don’t see many around but some of those Nokia Windows phones are great.

Shipping on these is free.

(Expires: 14th April 2014)

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February 7

Costco.ca: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Hybrid Tablet/Ultrabook for only $500! (Save $250)

Posted by on February 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Costco.ca: Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Hybrid Tablet/Ultrabook for only $500! (Save $250)

Can’t decide between an ultrabook and a tablet? Costco Canada and Lenovo Canada have you covered with this sweet deal!

The price on Lenovo’s website is $750 so you’re saving about $250 on this one. It’s a very good deal that is only made better by FREE shipping from Costco Canada.

Here are some of the relevant specs on the Yoga 11: 

  • 1.4 GHz Quad Code nVidia Tegra 3 processor
  • 2 GB DDR3L RAM
  • 64GB SSD
  • 11.6″ LED Screen
  • Integrated 720p HD Webcam
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • HDMI
  • 2-in 1 card Reader (SD/MMC)

This is one of the best deals I’ve seen out there for a product like this. You get a full touch screen Windows RT (Windows 8 for tablets, basically) tablet with a full keyboard. The reason they call this line of devices “Yoga” is because it has a hinge that allows it to flip into different configurations. You can use it like a laptop or you can bend the keyboard to lay flat behind the screen to it can be used as a traditional tablet. There are two “in between” positions, one called “tent mode” and the other called “stand mode.” You can likely figure out what those look like but if you can’t just do a Google Image Search for Yoga 11.

(Expires: Unknown)
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December 31

Windows Azure: FREE Trial For Your Cloud Computing Needs

Posted by on December 31, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Windows Azure: FREE Trial For Your Cloud Computing Needs

Microsoft is offering a FREE Trial of their Windows Azure cloud platform. If you’re looking to do something in the cloud, this free trial could be your jumping off point.

This FREE trial is actually quite beefy. It comes with the following:

This cloud stuff is primarily meant for business and, if you’re the IT guy or boss at a business, you should really be looking into this. There are non-business uses, though. For example, I used cloud storage to host and serve a podcast. If you do any video work, you can offload the encoding work to their “media services encoding” tool. If you take a look through the list of things they provide there is bound to be something you can use a free trial of!

Pricing after the trial varies based on your usage so make sure you figure out costs before you do anything with Azure.

(Expires: Never)

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