Microsoft is reportedly planning to release its Xbox 360 bundle beginning next week for US$99. If rumors are to be believed, it could rival a TV infomercial's promise -- "but wait, there's more" -- by including the Kinect motion control sensor with a 4 GB version of the game console. However, as with the infomercials, there is fine print, which in this case details a monthly subscription fee of $15.
That two-year subscription will offer access to the Xbox Live Gold service, along with the possibility of some additional streamed content that could include sports or cable TV offerings.
Is this really a deal? Not exactly.
"What is up with the $15 a month? Currently the same service is available for $5," said Billy Pidgeon, principal analyst for M2 Research. "Unless they are going to add a layer of service, it isn't worth it."
Currently, a hardware package is available for $299, with two years of gold service priced around $120. That adds up to $420, whereas the same package at $99 with the $15 a month subscription raises the price to $459 for two years.
"Anyone who picks up a calculator, does the math, and still goes with it deserves it to pay more," Pidgeon told the E-Commerce Times. "Microsoft proves that no one went broke underestimating the intelligence of most people."
Last Updated on Friday, 04 May 2012 19:31
If you are, like I, a Logitech mouse user you might have experienced double-click issues with Logitech mouse devices.
I had a Logitech MX Revolution mouse that started bugging me after 2 years of use. The problem with the mouse was, when you make one click on the folder to mark it, you would actually open the folder, as mouse double-clicked even though you have only pressed left button once.
Also, if you try to mark part of the text by holding left mouse button and dragging over the text, upon the release of the button, marked text was automatically unmarked as our sweet Logitech mouse double clicked.
I've decided to sell my problematic MX Revolution mouse and buy a new one (Logitech MX Performance Mouse), that also worked great for some time, but then I started to have the same double-click problem as with my previous MX Revolution mouse.
There are couple of solutions for this problem. One of them is to fix or replace the clicker. Logitech uses Omron clickers that apparently have really low quality materials.
Here's the tutorial on how to fix the clicker on Logitech mouse. http://www.overclockers.com/mouse-clicking-troubles-diy-repair/
Replacing the clicker will require a bit of soldering. There's a soldering kit available for merely $10 at Radio Shack. You also need an old mouse for this spare part.
There is also another solution to this issue, but this is a software one :)
One company made a small application that should be started with Windows (you can copy it in the Startup folder, if you don't know how to do it, poste below and I'll explain the steps)
Software can be downloaded HERE.
This application actually helps with double-click issues. I've tried it and it works well, but I've noticed that I still have occasional issues when I try to mark the text in the document.
Please post below your Logitech experience and which method did you use to fix Logitech double-click issues.
Last Updated on Sunday, 08 April 2012 07:51