dealschumby 8 for $79.99 + $5.00 shipping

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nevermind, I thought you said Gumby

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"I get knocked down, but I get up again..."

Oh wait, I thought this was chumbawamba. Carry on...

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Major price drop, this was $120 on Sellout just two months ago. I don't think it was worth that, but today's price is more tempting.

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I was thinking the same thing. I took the plunge and got one - my price point was under $80 so bingo!

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Gotta wonder:
1. How many of these things did they build?
2. How did their R&D ever get this idea past the board of directors?

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Resistive touch screen. No thanks! I prefer my technology to be a part of the current decade

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Apparently this model has no streaming capability … un-like earlier versions or earlier Sony Dash versions, so no Netflix or Amazon Prime … or am I missing something?

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I was in for one for much more $$ before Christmas - dumped it on eBay and was (VERY) thankful to come close to break even. I actually feel bad for the sucker that had the winning bid. It is still priced too damn high, this thing is a $40 alarm clock / toy at best . . . No streaming, difficult (if not impossible) to root without bricking.

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@gdeadfan: There's still benefits to both. Resistive will continue to work even if it gets a teeny bit wet (unlike my phone, which I have to dry off constantly in the rain or if I recently washed my hands), has pressure sensitivity options, can use literally anything as a stylus, easier to have literal pin-point accuracy...

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Beware if you're buying this for the apps. Nearly every time I look at the Dash (which uses Chumby apps), there's another "this app is no longer available" notice.

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I bought one! I'm not looking for much besides an awesome alarm clock which will wake me up with something besides the radio fuzz that I am used to. So excited to receive my chumby. Thanks woot!

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What? It has a CF port, but no cassette tape or 8-track drive?

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@gregbowman: Is it really that hard to press the little pi symbol and turn on ssh and then log in as root with no password without risking bricking it?

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Tired of using my iPhone as a Pandora streamer/bedside alarm clock... A year warranty (+1 more through my CC) means if it craps out like every cheap Android tablet has so far I'm not out too badly. CNet and other reviews put it plainly - it's an expensive clock/digital picture frame that does a bunch more stuff adequately. That was when it was listing at $200. At this price, it's a no brainer for me...

In for two.

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With technology advancing rapidly within the realm of tablets, phones, and digital devices, not to mention the ominous end of traditional laptops, alarm clocks, and wristwatches, you'd have to be truly addicted to just buying loads of crap to invest in this waning widget. That is, of course, unless you are into seeing yourself as a statistic in the future Woot yearly reference guide as the only kid in Montana to own this Brookstone ripoff circa 1999.

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This is a really good device, and a great price. It's not meant to be a Tablet. If nothing else, it's really cheap for a decent wi-fi Internet Radio. Like a little information center, shows you weather or whatever you want, internet picture frame, games, many more. Always-on (powered by AC) as well as really advanced clock radio. Basic web browser, email. I have 2 Chumbys and they're solid, quality-built. Better than Sony Dash, which is no longer supported by Chumby. Chumby is officially out of making hardware, so this might be the last deal to get a "genuine" one. Their Support continues to be excellent.

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Stay away!!! Bought one at the last Woot for $120 as a present for my wife. It died after about 2 weeks. Total black screen. I wrote the service department at Chumby and still have not received any response. This is junk! No warranty. No RMA. No response to phone calls. Caveat Emptor!

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Have they really removed Netflix streaming? I have two regular ones and would jump on this if it still streams Netflix.

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@klingenfus: I don't think Chumbys could ever stream Netflix... pretty sure that was limited solely to the earlier generation Dash.

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From what I can tell by scouring the chumby.com site, this model doesn't have a battery back-up like the prior model of the chumby. For me, that alone would make the chumby 8 a non-starter as an alarm clock. If you intend on using this as an alarm clock and are confident that a power outage wouldn't screw with your getting up on time, go for it. However, since we tend to have pretty frequent power outages here, I'm going to stick with my boring old chumby.

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I've had an original Chumby for a while and popped for the Chumby8 last month. I like mine; but I had realistic expectations about what I was buying. This is a clock / Pandora streaming / digital photo frame / random info displayer / fun, kitschy piece of technology.

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@thatgrrl: you're right about no battery backup. The alarm in the Chumby 8 also doesn't default to a beep if it can't connect to Pandora. The Chumby 1 is a much better alarm clock and has fewer problems in general than the Chumby 8. But hey, the Chumby 8 makes a great at-work picture frame/radio and someday maybe they'll fix the bugs.

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Can you watch you tube from it? I was thinking this would be good for my son who wants Elmo on 24/7 and I personally would rather jump off the roof than watch anymore.

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@novastarj: I know my older chumbys don't stream, of course. But I thought the 8 did.....just the earlier Dash, huh? Well, then this isn't really a starter for me.

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I love my Chumby devices! I don't have the 8 yet, but all of the others I've had have been great. It's a constant detraction that keeps me from being too bored when working on my computer. It alerts me to Email, my Netflix que, lots of nifty clocks (Like Pong Clock!), Global Earthquakes, International News, and even what's on sale on Woot. (How's that for a plug??)

You really don't know what you're missing until you have one. It's the best Alarm-Clock-Internet-Appliance ever!

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I bought a chumby one for my 13 year old... and her life has never been the same. She loves it. It's a fun little alarm clock.

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As an always-on device, how much power does this consume? Does the screen stay on all night, or does it automatically turn on in the morning when the alarm goes off?

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BTW, Woot-guys. Napster no longer exists. Stale description Fail. Consumed by Rhapsody. So, does this work with Rhapsody?

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On the fence here. I have one of the late-beta ones (black leatherette beanbag body) and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it; it lives on top of my rice cooker (when I am not cooking rice; then it lives on top of my blender) where it is my kitchen timer/news streamer/Twitter streamer/Internet radio object.

There's something a tad soulless about this model, but in the absence of a proper beanbag Chumby option, I may get one for the office.

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Um, waitwaitwait....why is the Chumby store "temporarily closed?" NOT getting one if they are shuttering.

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@sulakdd I don't know about the 8, but on my 1's you can set it up to go into "night mode" at whatever time you like, and to come out of night mode when the alarm goes off (or any other time you like).

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Would this work as a kitchen device for looking at recipes on the web and/or in my Evernote notebooks?

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We have 4 of the Chumby1s at home and each of us has them customized to our liking. They've been solid little devices. I'm looking forward to getting the 8!

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Bonuses compared to the Dash: card reader, 1 more usb port, larger screen
Downsides: no netflix.
I use netflix on my Dash all the time, so this is a no-go for me.

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Home Depot......BLAH NO THANKS

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Interested in possibly getting this as a gift for someone who just wants a WiFi enabled internet radio device. Will this do the trick?

I'm specifically worried about them going out of business and thus all the devices will be bricks. Do they rely on calling out? or, even if they go out of business, will they all continue working?

Also, how is the internet radio support for actually finding broadcast channels that stream as well?

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Considering one for the 92 year old grandmother who has never used a computer so we can post photos for her to view. It's similar in price to the photo frame we got her years ago that she loves but this would allow her to access up to date photos. Anyone have feedback on the viability of this idea?

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As a consumer of 4 Sony Dash units and 2 Insignia Infocasts (which were a waste of time), I would say wait for the next sale on the Sony (C10 model) if you want one of these types of units.

However, everytime I purchase one, I'm torn between it and a cheap Android tablet. It's the low W00T price of the Sony Dash (~$60), as well as the build quality of the Sony unit that keeps me coming back.

I have a few of these scattered around the house and they are great displays for news, weather, pictures, etc. I only wish there was a way they could talk to eachother and be remotely managed a la Sonos or Squeezebox.

The latter is a tempting alternative at ~$125 if you can live with a smaller screen, since it will display pictures, weather, youtube, etc. and has the added benefit of creating a whole-home audio network that can be controlled via your Android/iOS device.

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@ronpadz: I bought a few for that very purpose, and found that it works well if I use the Flickr app. The Picasa app was too unreliable and would lose the link too often.

I ponied up the $25 to upgrade to a Flickr pro account and found it to be the best decision I've made.

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I have one of these. All I use it for is playing pandora while I have pictures streaming from photobucket. Since I wanted a picture frame that plays music that is all I bought it for and it works.

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@mikegamin: I think most of your music questions are probably answered here: http://www.chumby.com/pages/cp_music

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anybody know if it can open gdocs? I don't care about editing, but all our recipes are in gdocs and this would be great in the kitchen if it will open and let me view them.

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The big question here is if chumby disappears do the apps go with it?

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I'm all over this. I've had a bad run of cheap alarm clocks with bad reception and worse controls lately (Off should NOT be that close to Snooze), and something that will let me read Twitter in bed without having to get up to get my phone wins points from me. Listening to streaming radio in other rooms without having to turn the volume way up on my computer is a nice perk, too. I couldn't justify $200 for it, but this price is just right.

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I bought 3 of these on 29 Nov 11 through Woot as Christmas presents for my (young adult) kids... they're okay with them, but say they're nothing fantastic, more of a gimmick thing in today's electronic world... unfortunately I paid $99 each for them, which after internet research at the time seemed to be a good price -- never expected to see them here on Woot less than 2 months later at $20 less for each one.... disappointed...

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They seem like garbage all around, over-priced no matter how low they slash the prices, and outdated before they were made.

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i already want to take the 15 bins of pictures my wife hordes under our bed and toss them out the window.