Today Show – 12th of March, 2009

Karl and I discussed some ideas on how not to over spend when buying popular technology products. We picked three items and I’ve expanded on what was discussed this morning:

1) Printers –

Recently, I bought a new printer and the store clerk showed me two printer options. The cheapest printer by retail price was unfortunately going to cost more over the long run because, although the amount of paper prints it would carry out per ink cartridge were equal, the more expensive machine printed more pages per cartridge. So, over the three to four year life span of the printer, the more expensive option would have cheaper operating costs and therefore cost me less money.

When choosing a printer look at all the models in the store, then check the cost of each cartridge; then check how many pages you can print per cartridge. Sure read reviews and expert analysis on the best performing models, but this quick guide will help while you are in the store staring at the display cabinet.

2) Mobile Phones –
Heavy users of mobile phones will know that it’s easy to spend hundreds of dollars a month on a plan. However if you love your smart phone, and make plenty of calls try out check out this plan from Optus. It’s the ‘Timeless Plan’, Click the link Here

3) Home Entertainment cables
With the world of ‘High Definition’ arriving in our lounge rooms a few years ago a new format of cable arrived too. HDMI is the cable that carries the Hi-Def vision and crystal clear audio from your Blue Ray player, and most other devices that plug into your screen. Choice Magazine has done a test showing that a generic cable is just as good as a name brand, but cost hundreds of dollars less.

To watch the segment with Karl Stefanovic please – Click Here

Australia's Fastest Broadband, If You Live In The Right Street

100mbps per second internet download speeds are coming to Melbourne streets by Christmas, and next year to homes in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth (and Adelaide too I think). That is provided that you have a Foxtel cable outside your house.

In the wake of Telstra no longer being in the running to build the National Fibre To The Node network, Telstra CEO Sol Trujillo is pushing the accelerator on installing new fixed line infrastructure that will allow massively fast downloads.

The benefit? Fast downloads. The price? Nothing announced just yet. However you can bet it will be priced above the 30mbps service cost Telstra already offers which is $130 a month for 60 gigs of download. Who cares though, if you want the service you will pay for it.

But what will paying a premium for an internet service around four to five times faster than the fastest ADSL2+ service mean for you? Yes, there is going to be lot’s of reactions from the ISP industry, so better competition will be in the market. But plug in your modem and switch on your pc and with 100mbps you will have the opportunity to live a complete digital life!

No tv antennae needed because tv shows can be watched live via the internet connection. No phone line via the phone plug on the wall because that service too can come via the internet connection too. Download movies, software, higher resolution video conferencing and more, will be greatly improved with a much faster connection.

The big thing will be price, upwards of $130 a month for the service, and about $30000 for all the relocation costs of moving house to another location in the suburb if Foxtel is not in your street. Look out for more developments later this year.

Onlines Predators Removed From Myspace

On the Today Show this morning we discussed online predators, and a recent article that outlined there have been 90000 known sex offenders recently removed from the service in the US.

We’ll add more details from the discussion after the program has finished, but in the mean time if you would like to comment on story please do so below.