October is one of my favorite months with the Exceeding Expectations kids. As you all know, our top priority for the kids is, and always will be, education. That said, every October we participate in two athletic events that I feel are significant in laying the groundwork necessary for them to be successful in the academic world and in their adult lives. The first of these events is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) triathlon, aptly called “The Best Day in Triathlon.” Here’s a brief overview from their website: “In 1994, three friends started a triathlon fundraiser to help one man regain his independence after a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic. From one came many, and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) took root in the belief that sports and an active lifestyle are a pathway to more in life. Since that fundraiser 25 years ago, CAF has been committed to breaking the financial barrier that individuals with physical challenges face to participate in sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.” Participating alongside challenged athletes in a very tough race gives our kids an additional perspective on their own lives. The racers on the course with them face obstacles that they
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To our dearest tech geeks: hopefully, you’ll enjoy this week’s lineup of tech deals we found on the worldwide web. Please note that the specified prices are available for a very short amount of time. So if you like something, act quickly! Pandigital One-Touch Scanner with Memory Card for $34.99 through Woot (list price: $119.99): This photo scanner sounds ideal for those of you who have piles of old photos that you want to back up in digital format. The portable device scans up to standard 4″ x 6″ photographs in ultra-high resolution. It doesn’t require a connected computer, and no software is needed. Amazon reviewers rate give this product an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars. And jeepers, you can’t beat that low price. (Via Amazon) Motorola Droid 2 Smartphone for FREE with a 2-year Verizon contract through Dell (list price: $199.99 with new contract): this highly-rated Android phone oozes with sexy features, including: a 3.7-inch 480×854 color touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, virtual QWERTY keyboard with Swype, 5-megapixel camera with dual flash, 720p video capture, 8GB of internal memory microSD slot (with 8GB card preinstalled), and Wi-Fi connectivity (so you can connect to Boingo hotspots!). Added bonus: you
Nokia issued a press release today announcing their foray into the PC market. The Nokia 3G Booklet, “a mini laptop,” features the following functionality: Intel Atom processor 12 hours of battery life 3G/ HSPA and Wi-Fi A-GPS for navigation and geotagging Sounds like a compelling device! It’s interesting that a handset manufacturer is crossing over to the laptop market, and clearly the reverse strategy is also in effect. In a related article, Lorraine Luk of the Wall Street Journal discusses how PC-makers such as Dell, HP, Acer, and of course Apple have recently forayed into the smartphone market. Nothing like a down economy to spur innovation and more choices for consumers! Let’s sit back, relax, and enjoy the mobile computing race!