Free iPod Touch with new Macs

Similar to last year, Apple is giving away free iPods with Macs ordered through the education store. Last year you got the price of the basic touch discounted, but you could buy any you wanted. This year you get a free 8gb one. This doesn’t seem to available in the UK yet (where I am) so my girlfriend who just bought a whitebook might not be too angry.

Update: They are doing it in the UK now. You can get upto £130 rebate on an iPod. Full details of rebates here.

How to: Backup your wordpress blog to Amazon S3

I’m sure you all know how important it is to have your data backed up. Normally what springs to mind for backup is stuff like your photos, music, important documents, maybe some game saves. What doesn’t spring to mind is backing up your wordpress blog. Your web host is probably backing up your data on their side, but do you want to leave it up to them? There are many stories about hosting companies losing massive amounts of data and then failing to have sufficient backups. The best thing to do is take matters into your own hands.

Amazon has a very cheap cloud storage solution called Amazon S3. As long as you store less than 50TB, which I’m pretty sure you should, the cost is $0.15 per gb per month. Say somehow your wordpress blog takes up 10gb, that’s a measly $1.50 a month.

The easiest way to implement using S3 in wordpress is to install the WP S3 Backup plugin. Once you have set up an S3 account you just enter your details in the plugin options and you are ready to roll. Safe and secure!

How to: Know when to buy an apple product

Apple products are expensive. They re also very difficult if not impossible to upgrade. So before you spend all that money on your shiny new iThing, don’t you think it would be a good idea to know when Apple is going to being out the next one, so you’re not left behind?

Macrumours has a handy buyers guide which details how long it has been since the product you want was last updated, and what the average time between updates is. It also lists all the recent rumours they have around the product. A very useful site, always check it before you buy.