Personal Economic Report

September 2, 2016


Income remains stable and debts are under control.

I was highly surprised to find that signature-capture hardware is normally $365. Considering the dropping prices of touchscreen monitors and more powerful tablets, that strikes me as outrageous. So now someone just needs to come up with a micro-USB adapter and app, in order to use cheap tablet tech (you can get a cheap one for less than $100) to capture signatures. And since electronic signatures have been legal since the Bill Clinton administration, signature capture is not even necessary.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Newegg Flash has started to carry refurbished servers. You can get a lot of computer for a reasonable price. Where else can you get a multi-core computer with more than 32 GB RAM for less than $500? The one I linked to has more than 64 GB. Wow, impressive. The downside is that it is a 1U rack server with no room for a video card or two, so this won’t be a gaming machine. It is a server.

In other tech deals, with NVidia’s release of the 1000 series of GeForce video cards, video card deals are pretty hot right now, combined with back-to-school specials. Also, just because people want faster data access, flash-based Solid-State Drives (SSDs) are very hot right now, constantly improving in the storage-space/price ratio.