This is an update of a deal I posted last year.
The CloudEngines Pogoplug is a seriously cool gadget that turns one or more USB hard
drives into network-attached storage. And not just network-attached, but
also Web-accessible. And phone-accessible. The key word here? "Accessible."
It originally sold for $129, but the second-generation Pogoplug is on sale at B&H Photo for just $49.95 shipped. The only catch: You'll have to accept the eye-searing pink design.
Here's how the gizmo works: you plug up to four USB hard drives into the Pogoplug, then connect the Pogoplug to your router. This arrangement allows for super-easy file sharing between PCs, remote access to your files (it doubles as a Web server), and media streaming to devices like iPhones and iPads.
If you already have a drive or two (or three or four) to devote to the device, great. If not, well, stick around--I'm always posting deals on dirt-cheap hard drives.
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 50 bucks, it's mighty hard to pass up.
Bonus deal: Planning on getting an iPad 2 tomorrow? Here's a game you'll want to grab today: Limbic Software is offering TowerMadness HD, regularly $7.99, absolutely free. It is, by many accounts, one of the all-time great tower-defense games. (And it's also compatible with the iPad 1, natch.)