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Three-deal Thursday: A 10-inch tablet for $269, free DVD rippers, and a powerline Ethernet kit for $50

The tablet is ViewSonic's gTablet, which is a steal at this price--except that it's running Android 2.2. But if you're willing to root it, Android 3.0 awaits!


Apologies for my unannounced absence yesterday; I was attending a funeral and neglected to leave a heads-up on Tuesday.

It seems only fitting, then, that I serve up three sweet deals today. Technically, I've got five, but "five-deal Thursday" doesn't have quite the same alliterative ring.

First up, TigerDirect has the ViewSonic gTablet 10-inch Android tablet for $269.97, plus $7.50 for shipping. It's new, not refurbished, and it comes with 16GB of storage. It's on the chunky side, not unlike the $299.99 Toshiba Thrive from the other day, but the real issue is the OS: Android 2.2, which was hardly designed with tablets in mind.

Digiarty Software

Fortunately, you can root it to run Honeycomb (aka Android 3.0), as many users have done. And speaking of which, check the user reviews, which are overwhelmingly positive--even from those folks who left the gTablet running 2.2. (If you have any personal experience with this model, shout it out in the comments.) Thanks to reader Tom for sharing this deal!

Next, a couple Thanksgiving-inspired software promotions. Digiarty is once again giving away WinX DVD Ripper Platinum (here referred to as its Thanksgiving Edition)--but only 10,000 copies' worth. As I write this, the counter is just shy of 5,000, so this freebie may not last the day. (To get it, click the Get Register Code [sic] button, which will provide you with both a download link and license key.)

If you miss out, or just want another alternative, uRexsoft is once again giving away uRex iPhone DVD Ripper Platinum and uRex iPhone Video Converter Platinum. The license codes for both are right on the download page. And there's no limitation here except time: you must download and activate the programs before November 30.


Finally, today only, 1SaleADay has the Monster PowerNet 100 Ethernet Network Starter Pack for $49.99, plus $4.99 for shipping. That's a rerun of a deal from about a month ago, but still an easy and affordable way to run Ethernet cable through your house without running Ethernet cable through your house.

OK, my cheap minions, let's hear from you. Deals or no deals?