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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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Tech Thursday Deals – 4/7/2011

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If you’re in the market for a desktop computer, check out the Dell OptiPlex GX520 for $249.99 via 1saleaday (list price: $1199.99). Specs include: 3.0GHz processor, 2GB DDR2 DRAM & 640GB hard drive. The computer comes with a 17″ LCD Monitor, Windows XP Professional, keyboard and optical mouse. Buy within eight hours as of the time of this writing. (Via 1saleaday) Get the new Xbox 360 4GB Console for $199 via Amazon and receive a $50 credit towards a future purchase (spend it on games, perhaps?). The new Xbox gets an average rating of four stars out of five (182 total reviews), with customers proclaiming it the “best Xbox so far.” Specs include: built-in Wi-Fi, specialized port for connectivity to Kinect Sensor, five USB ports, Ethernet port, HDMI output, and optical audio out port.  The price includes: wireless controller, one-month Xbox LIVE Gold membership, and 1 year limited warranty on console. Need another reason to be excited? Free shipping! (Via Gadgetreview) One of our favorite online retailer of bags, eBags, is having a 20% off sale on Timbuk2 merchandise. Check out the great selection of iPad and eReader Cases, laptop bags, and laptop sleeves. We dig the gray and red

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Tech Thursday Deals – 3/31/2011

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If you’re worried about your laptop overheating, especially in the summer, check out the ThermaPak Heatshift Laptop Cooling Pad for $9.99 via 1saleaday (list price: $39.99). Organic cooling crystals in the pads apparently lower laptop temperatures by more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Comes in pink or white, 15″ or 17″. (Via 1saleaday) Got a young photography enthusiast in you life? The LEGO digital camera is just too cute for words. The 3 megapixel camera has a 1.5” color LCD screen, 128 MB internal memory  (stores up to 80 photos, no SD card required), built-in flash, and USB output. Price is $39.99 (list: $59.99). (Via ThinkGeek) We searched the interweb for the most low-priced place to buy the original iPad (new) and found that Best Buy’s prices trumped all. A 16GB, Wi-Fi only iPad through Best Buy is $399 (shipping not included). (Via Best Buy) If you need a stand for your iPad, check out the very Apple-esque look of the aluminum Viewstand for $39.99 (list: $69.99). Some details: scratch-proof Thermo Polyurethane coating, supports both vertical and horizontal viewing, open to all connections and controls, and supporting stand included. (Via ThinkGeek)

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Tech Thursday Gadget Deals – 2/17/2011

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Cirago 80 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive for $29.99 through Amazon (list price: $59.99): This one is dedicated to all you digital pack-rats. Free up space on your computer’s hard drive by transferring old videos, photos and other unnecessary files to an external hard drive. Doing so not only gives you the flexibility of storing more current and relevant files, it may also speed up your computer (assuming all else is fine). This Cirago hard drive stores a generous 80 GBs and it’s in a compact form factor. The average rating on Amazon is four out of five stars — pretty good. (Via Gadling) Bushnell Digital Binoculars for $47 through Zwee! (list price: $89.99): These are among the fanciest binoculars we’ve seen. They have 10x magnification and a 35 megapixel camera built in so you can capture the images you’re zooming in on. Sounds perfect for live sports fanatics and bird watchers! Purchase comes with two-year warranty. (Via Zwee!) Buy one Ubisoft Wii dance title ($19-$39), get a Wii game 30% Off through Amazon: Is it fair to say that most people aren’t comfortable dancing in public? Perhaps we speak only for ourselves. In any case, our fears

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Tech Thursday Gadget Deals – 2/03/2011

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Here are the tech deals that caught our eye for Thursday, 2/03/2011. We are especially fascinated by the Gigantor Digital Photo Frame and would love to know if anyone owns one of these puppies. Bluetooth Handsfree Car Kit for $13.99 through Shnoop (list price: $39.95): Repeat after us: “I will not talk, text, or fiddle around with my gadgets while I am driving.” If you must talk and text while driving, do so safely with a handsfree bluetooth car kit like this one, made by Cyanics. What’s included: mini-USB cable and 12V DC car cigarette lighter charger adapter. (Via Gadling) Canon 12.8MP digital camera for $99.99 through BestBuy (list price: $159.99): The Canon brand might as well be synonymous with “camera.” We’ve owned several Canon point-and-shoot cameras over the years, and none of them have disappointed. Customers consistently give this particular camera a high rating, and CNET wrote a favorable review back in April 2010. What’s included: rechargeable lithium-ion battery, battery charger, USB cable and A/V cable. (Via BestBuy). Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack For Three Users for $109.99 through Amazon (list price: $149.95): Okay, so this item isn’t a sexy gadget but it’s necessary for those

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Tech Thursday Gadget Deals – 1/13/2011


We’re excited to bring you a new weekly post, Tech Thursday Gadget Deals, designed for those of us afflicted with a fetish for gadgets. Each week, we’ll feature five gadget deals geared towards helping you save money as you build your empire of tech toys. For Thursday, 1/13/11, here are a few discounts you might find compelling. Samsung Galaxy Tab for $299 through Sprint (list price: $499.99): Sprint is currently offering the lowest price on this tablet, hailed by the WSJ as the iPad’s “first credible competitor” in this article. We were wowed when we saw a demo of the Samsung Galaxy Tab at CES 2011. Read more about our impressions. Note that a two-year data contract is required with purchase. (Via Tablets Planet) HTC EVO 4G Android Phone through Amazon (list price: $299.99): We’ve had the opportunity to play with this device and we think it’s darn awesome. High-level specs include: Android 2.1 OS, 4.3” 480 x 800 WVGA OLED touch screen, 1 GHz processor, and 8MP camera with video. Note that a two-year Sprint data contract is required with purchase. (Via TechDealDigger) 40-inch Toshiba 40E200U LCD HDTV for $433.99 through Amazon (list price: $699): This Toshiba HDTV looks