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Windows 7 Pricing

So here’s the low-down on pricing for Windows 7. The estimated retail prices for upgrade packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade): $119.99
  • Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade): $199.99
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (Upgrade): $219.99

And the estimated retail prices for full packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium (Full): $199.99
  • Windows 7 Professional (Full): $299.99
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (Full): $319.99

This means that Windows 7 Home Premium full retail product is $40.00 less than Windows Vista Home Premium today.

* However, if you’re willing to go for an upgrade, and you’re willing to pre-order, you can save 50% (Best Buy and Amazon).
“Windows 7 is coming on October 22, 2009. Here’s an easy way to get it fast and save a bundle: Pre-order a Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49 or a Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for $99. That’s about half off the estimated retail prices. This offer is available through participating retailers.”

… It seems that we need to send a loud and clear message to Microsoft by jumping on the $50 package and then not buying anything else. (I thought we already did with Vista, but… we’ll have to shout louder I guess.)
I will NOT spend more than $50 on ANY piece of software. Welcome to 2009.

… and no, I will NOT be buying an “upgrade”. I want a clean install.

June 25, 2009 Posted by | computers, Microsoft, News | , , , , | 11 Comments

Leave a message after the beep

I regret to inform you, Dear Reader, that old Tech Paul is suffering from brain ache (please make sympathetic noises here). Yes, it’s true. I believe that this is due to the fact that for some strange reason I have been thinking “deep thoughts” lately… and as you know, thinking is hard work.
It’s my fault. I shouldn’t have looked at the headlines.

Sometimes I think the world is changing and other times I think there’s nothing new under the sun. Dichotomies are confusing and confusion is tiring.

Technology is one area that dynamic change is sort of the status quo. Who can argue that the Internet has changed how we live? (Very intriguing read: The Internet devalues everything it touches . . .) Not me.
And Moore’s Law is still going strong.

But in a lot of ways, we are still waiting for technology to bring us that Big Thing. You know the one — limitless clean energy/no disease or famine/everyone living as brothers/”utopia”. If one does a little looking around, it can seem that the only Big Thing technology is bringing us is Big Brother.
I shouldn’t look at those headlines…

One doesn’t have to look far, or watch too long, to see that there are still oppressive governments, corrupt governments, famine, civil unrest, inexcusable poverty, police brutality, lunatic juries, religious strife, hate, Idiots In Charge (IIC), border wars, etc., ad nauseum, blah blah blah.
I shouldn’t look at those headlines…

I don’t know why I’ve been hit with a spell of deep thoughts thinking. Usually that happens to me in the cold gray days of Winter. It is NOT cold, nor gray, nor Winter. I should be thinking…
nice beach

… and about how much better life is today thanks to technology such as the Internet. After all, they say that the Internet is killing off the mainstream media and print is dead already. (see, The media is dead. Long live the media)
Which means I won’t even see those headlines…

But, my thinking has been so deep (how deep is it?) that I can see a huge flaw — can we be waiting for technology to change US? Someone (else) or something (else) will make it better?
How would that work?

I don’t know. Not knowing is uncomfortable for me.

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June 25, 2009 Posted by | tech | 2 Comments