This is an update of a deal I posted a couple months back.
CloudEngines Pogoplug is a nifty little gizmo that turns ordinary USB hard
drives into network-attached storage. And not just network-attached, but
also Web-accessible. And phone-accessible. The key word here is "accessible."
It originally sold for $129, but the second-generation Pogoplug is on sale at Buy.com for just $43.99 shipped. Thankfully, it's the gray model, not that eye-burning pink one I originally wrote about.
Here's how it works: you connect up to four USB hard drives to the Pogoplug, then plug the latter into your router. This arrangement allows for super-easy file sharing between PCs, remote access to your files (it doubles as a Web server), media streaming to devices like iPhones and iPads, and so on.
If you already have a drive or two (or three or four) to devote to the device, great. If not, extra storage is as cheap as ever: here's the ever-popular 1TB Fantom USB drive for $49.99 shipped (after a pair of mail-in rebates).
You can find out more about the Pogoplug in my original writeup for Business Hacks, or at the Pogoplug site. Bottom line: I did think the gadget was overpriced at $129, but at $44, it's mighty hard to pass up.
Bonus deal: Today's Giveaway of the Day is Aplus DVD Ripper and Video Converter. I haven't tried this one myself, but if you're in need of either capability (i.e. the ripping or converting), you can't beat the price.