Back to school bargains IT pros will love

Need a Mac?

Need a Mac?

A new Mac is pretty much a requirement at some universities, especially if you're majoring in the fine or creative arts. At Apple.com , they've got a neat deal. If you're a college student or a faculty or staff member at any grade level and you buy a new Mac with Apple education pricing from May 25 through September 7, 2010, you can get a free 8GB iPod touch. So a free Touch with a new Mac. Not a bad deal at all, especially if you were looking at Macs anyway.

Use Skype to battle homesickness

Use Skype to battle homesickness

Homesickness is very common when you're in your first semester away from home. Fortunately, there's a wonderful service out there called " Skype " that allows you to video call...for free! The key is to get a good camera for your computer. Some laptops have them built in, but few compare to the Logitech® QuickCam® Pro 9000.

What: Logitech® QuickCam® Pro 9000

Where: Staples (or staples.com)

Expires: August 7, 2010

Price: $59.00

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Need backup?

Need backup?

Storage is essential. "My dog ate my homework" doesn't cut it in the digital age. Not surprisingly, "my computer crashed" doesn't hold much water either. Be smart and back everything up on an external drive.

What: LaCie Grand Hard Disk (2 TB)

Where: ABT.com

Expires: until September 1, 2010

Price: $138.00

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The LaCie Grand Hard Disk is at home on any desk with its sophisticated, organic-inspired design, but proves that stunning design doesn’t have to cost a fortune and is attainable for anyone. The LaCie Grand is a great value, and with its tough exterior, will last for years. Its USB 2.0 interface helps the LaCie Grand work on almost any computer, anywhere. Simply plug it in and you’re ready to begin storing or sharing your data, with the fast speeds you need for efficient data transfer. Its sturdy aluminum casing means that the LaCie Grand is one of the toughest, most resistant choices on the market -- its exterior prevents both shock and overheating, providing reliability and dependability for users.

Need (portable) backup?

Need (portable) backup?

Flash drives have become smaller but have increased in capacity. No big shock, really . They are handy dandy for passing notes in class, handing in homework assignments, and can hold a virtual encyclopedia of information. And, at these prices, you can get one for every subject. Also, OfficeDepot has a coupon code: 401429641 ($20 off $100)

What: Verbatim® Store 'n' Go™ USB Flash Drive (4 GB)

Where: OfficeDepot.com

Expires: until August 31, 2010

Price: $9.99

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Pocket protector not included

Even in the time of netbooks and laptops, giant calculators still live on. Mostly due to the needs of students of higher mathematics who aren't allowed to take said laptops into an exam with them. This entry from T.I. is a doozy.

What: Texas Instruments® TI-84 Plus Silver Edition Graphing Calculator

Where: OfficeDepot.com

Expires: until August 31, 2010

Price: $109.00

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Walk to class with your own theme music playing in your ears

In my day, I would walk to class with a battery-powered cassette player (capable of holding 90 minutes of music!). Now, mp3 players can store the entire catalog of Frank Zappa several times over. Of course, you need headphones to listen to your tunes. These Philips headphones are lightweight, easy to store quickly and sound very decent.

What: Philips In-Ear Headphones

Where: Drugstore.com

Expires: until August 31, 2010

Price: $14.99

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Your dorm room needs one of these

Time to get HD in the dorm room. This Sony 32" will make watching sports the envy of all other dorm inhabitants. Get 10% off electronics through August 7th, 2010.

What: Sony KDL-32EX400 - 32" BRAVIA EX400 Series

Where: Sears

Expires: until August 7, 2010

Price: $549.99

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You can experience Full HD 1080p, incredible contrast and sharp, vibrant images with the Sony BRAVIA EX400 series HDTV. This great HDTV features Ambient Sensor and LightSensor technology that automatically adjust the color and backlight based on a room's lighting. Connect a USB drive and share your favorite photos and music with family and friends.

Pimp your laptop with culture

Pimp your laptop with culture

Van Gogh would be proud you chose to put his painting as a skin on your laptop. Or, more likely, his head would explode.

What: Tribeca LapWear Laptop Skin 17in Van Gogh Starry Night

Where: Academic Superstore

Expires: While supplies last

Price: $9.95

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Tribeca's LapWear Laptop Skins will turn your laptop into a work of art with a Fine Art Laptop Skin. Tribeca s LapWear Skins create a unique personalized look and are easily applied to the top of any laptop. And they come off as easily as they go on. If you change your mind on the design simply remove the current LapWear and you re ready for your next look. LapWear Laptop skins are available in a variety of styles and sizes.

Capture your school memories. Or lectures.

I have no idea if professors allow their classes to be videotaped by students. Sounds like a great study tool to me. Well, this camera records onto flash memory, so you can buy tons of cards for cheap, for each lecture. At least that's what I'd do. Then I would watch it on my 32" Sony. Just sayin'. Dell.com is having a great deal on select computer accessories: up to 50% off. Check it out.

What: Canon VIXIA HF R11 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder

Where: Academic Superstore

Expires: August 7, 2010

Price: $629.00

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With the Canon VIXIA HF R11 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder, you'll find that high definition video has hit new levels of convenience, ease, performance- and value. The VIXIA HF R11 has a 32GB internal flash drive, together with an SD memory card slot, Canon's Relay Recording and Smart Auto. A Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens and Dynamic IS works in combination with our sophisticated Canon HD image processing to deliver the sharp, vivid, lifelike video you want to see on your HDTV. Advanced Video Snapshot lets you create 2-, 4- or 8-second movie clips, with music, that are perfect for sharing. And the advanced easy-to-operate control features of the VIXIA HF R11 help to make high-quality video that can turn the casual shooter into the family cinematographer, at a very affordable price.

Be the envy of your peers

ÜberSciFiGeek.com is having their 15% off school sale. This is THE place to get cool t-shirts that no-one else has, but definitely wants. My favorite is the RROD (red rings of death) shirt. Even though my Xbox was affected and it really bummed me out, it's still a neat shirt. Use Promo Code: OCTORAWK

What: Deaths Red Ring t-shirt

Where: ÜberSciFiGeek.com

Expires: August 31, 2010

Price: $16.95

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A visual metaphor of the infamous RROD! Consoles live, and then they die. It all boils down to fate... and a good warranty. Artwork by Jonah Block.