It never seems as if I have enough storage space for all of the
"stuff" that magically gravitates to the limited surface space of
my desk. I'm talking about the type things that I may not need
right now, but that I can't misplace; things like extra earpieces
or jack adapters for a set of headphones, a stick of lip balm,
loose memory cards, or a pair of earrings I just removed and don't
want to roll off the side of my desk and under the couch - or
worse, be eaten by my dog.. Since I have a desktop box that also
serves as the base for my monitor, it only seems natural that it
should also function as a catch-all for crap (errrr, things) that
need to be perched somewhere safe until needed. On any given day
there will be a small pile sitting there - the sight of which never
ceases to aggravate me because I really don't like clutter.
It never seems as if I have enough storage space for all of the
It wasn't long ago that I took a look at one of the most entertaining Palm and Pocket PC games available, Astraware's Broken Sword. Alison Barclay has just sent me the latest: "THE MIDLANDS, UK - September 28th, 2006 - Astraware and Revolution Software are excited to announce a special Broken Sword promotion to celebrate [...]
I just got word that SCOTTeVEST is having a huge clearance sale. There are some pretty significant bargains to be had, so better start looking as soon as possible! Here's the information: ITEM REGULAR PRICE LAST BIG SALE OF 2006 PRICE SAVE SIZES AVAILABLE at beginning of sale Version 2.5 Blue $189.99 $47.49 75% XXXL [...]
Saturday, after another fabulous breakfast at the hotel's restaurant, we settled in for what would prove to be an exciting day of brainstorming. Derek Brown one of the original founders of Mobius, gave us a quick overview of the coup that had just occurred in Bangkok before showing us a video about deploying computers and [...]
Here's a scenario...You are outside working on something important,
and the traditional hanging shop light which is hooked to your
workspace gets dislodged. It falls, and the hot light bulb inside
the metal protective cage shatters into a million pieces - leaving
you and your project in total darkness. Or perhaps that light
doesn't get dislodged, but instead the bulb burns out at an
inconvenient time. Or okay, here's another: what if you need the
light while working on a project in the middle of nowhere, but
there is no outlet anywhere nearby - perhaps not for miles. If you
can picture yourself in any of those situations, then you'll
appreciate the product I'll be talking about today, the TerraLUX
WorkStar60 LED Work Light.
This morning at 5:30, I was awakened by a call from Steve telling me that Sarah had shaved several seconds off her events at her just completed varsity swimming time trials! I hate that I missed them, but talking to Steve and then Sarah made it almost as good as being there. Yay Sarah, I [...]
Well, I arrived in Phuket Thursday morning without any trouble; other than the handful of soldiers which I saw at the airport exit, there was no indication that anything out of the ordinary was happening in Thailand. After an hour's ride from the airport in a chauffeured Toyota Highlander, I arrived at the Mövenpick Resort [...]
Unlike yesterday's aborted journey, today my trip to Phuket started without a hitch. I flew to Dallas, and as I ate lunch in an airport restaurant, I caught up on the email and text messages I'd missed during the previous hour's flight. As I read, a message from Julie caught my eye, "Hey I just [...]
In just a little bit I will be heading to the airport to begin my ~40 hour journey to Phuket, Thailand for Mobius 2006. I'll be carrying a large bag loaded with everything I think I could possibly need - electronic books, movies, snacks, back medicine, a fresh shirt, and a small bag full of [...]
One of my regularly watched television shows is the Discovery Channel's It Takes a Thief. The point of the show is to demonstrate how easy it is for a thief to break into someone's house and steal everything with any value; the show aims to educate people on better ways to protect themselves from being a victim. On one of last season's episodes, they featured a grandmother who had transferred all of her family photos and documents to her computer's hard drive. During the course of that particular show's staged robbery, the thief emptied the grandmother's silver drawer, jewelry box and medicine cabinet, and then he picked up her computer tower and casually carried it out the door. Had the robbery been real, all of her carefully collected family photos and documents would have been gone forever. Even though the "victim" knew she would be getting all of her possessions back at the end of the show, I still couldn't help but feel sorry for her as she agonized over the idea of losing her digital treasures.
This morning I had an email waiting from Mitchell Oke, saying that he "went down to my local Apple reseller yesterday to see if I could pickup one of the just-released nanos, but alas they were out of stock. I went back today and although they weren't making them available till tomorrow, the guy I [...]
Once again, I have a few products that require a volunteer reviewer. As always, the requirements are: 1. That you have a digital camera 2. That you own any additional devices necessary to conduct the review (i.e. - if it is a case review, you have the proper device to fit the case) 3. That [...]
Anyone that uses the internet knows that passwords play a necessary
role in the online experience. On any given day a single person may
utilize dozens of passwords while accomplishing such mundane tasks
as making posts to a bulletin board, purchasing an item, or
checking their child's school grades. Over time, unless the same
exact password is always used, managing this large number of
passwords and the sites for which they work will become a
Mmmmm....kidney pie! This entry is not gadget related, and it is highly personal. But if helps one person then I won't feel bad about having shared a bit "too much information". So here goes... A couple of months ago I noticed a small amount of blood in my urine. This occurred on two different occasions [...]
Most of the time, I find that the i-mate JasJar's 1620mAh factory
original battery is sufficient to make it through a typical day.
However when I am using the built-in wireless extensively, when I
am traveling, or when I am not able to recharge at some point
during the day, I have noticed a definite need for a backup power
solution. That's why I was very interested to learn that Lion
Battery was carrying a 4800mAh Mugen Power Battery replacement for
the HTC Universal / i-mate JasJar.
Yesterday I did my very first video review. Julie has been doing them for some time, but for whatever reason I have been a great big chicken about being filmed. Well, I finally did it - and you can watch the result it at the end of the HitchSafe Key Vault review. I realize that [...]
This story is funny now, but when it first happened I was really upset...
A couple years ago, I was at the ranch making my rounds - checking water and making sure that the cows' feeders had ample salt and minerals. I had brought my dachshund Trixie along for the day's ride, and at one of my stops I had to get out and fix a trough float that was unseated and overflowing.
I didn't turn the truck's engine off. As I had hundreds of times before, I just hopped out with my tool box and left Trixie in the truck while she watched me through the window.
This truck had automatic locks and as it was a hot day, I had left the windows up with the air conditioner running.
Tonight I received an email from Alex Kac saying that he has just released the latest version of Pocket Informant, his brilliant PIM application that no Windows Mobile 5 device should be without. Here's the 411: "I am quite happy to announce the final release of Pocket Informant 2007! We've worked pretty hard with this [...]
I should start this review with the statement that anybody who travels needs a set of noise reducing headphones. But the fact is that NR headphones shouldn't just be used when sitting on a plane next to a frustrated parent who is holding a squalling baby. NR headphones are a great way to cut out any obnoxious background noise, they can make things quiet enough that the wearer can sleep, relax, or even work more productively in the noisiest environment.
Not long ago I bought a one-of-a-kind handbag made from a recycled Domino movie billboard. Yes, I am talking about the kitschy 2005 movie featuring Keira Knightley and Mickey Rourke. My bag features the portion of the poster which shows a smirking Mickey and his gun, and it is such a bold bag that it [...]
The concept of Yin and Yang has been around for centuries. A simple
definition would be that "Yin and Yang" is a term used to describe
interdependent opposites, such as male and female, light and dark,
or hot and cold. The Tom Bihn Imago marks the first time I have
seen this principle of complimentary opposites used to describe a
messenger bag...well, one that didn't have the well known black and
white symbol plastered to its front, anyway. And yet, there is a
very good reason for the company to have chosen Yin and Yang to
describe their new bags.
I recently bought a Nordic Track treadmill, which I absolutely
love; not only does it have all of the expected features, it can
also accept iFit workout cards. These SD shaped cards offer
different workout programs with progressive levels of difficulty
along with the positive feedback of a trainer verbally telling me
what's coming up, as the console displays what I have done. Largely
because of this type instant feedback, I have always preferred
walking on a treadmill to walking outdoors. But today I am going to
introduce a product that provides verbal feedback for many outdoor
activities, eliminating one of my main excuses for preferring to
Well, it looks like David Ciccone has broken the news on two USB based GSM wireless cards...now I wish I hadn't been so hasty about buying a CF version! I am especially interested in the plug & play FALCOM SAMBA 75. His review states, "For the past few months I have had the pleasure to [...]
Alison with Astraware just sent me the following: We are currently developing a new game aimed at families and we’d like to ask readers of The Gadgeteer who have children to help us in testing the game. If any of your readers are interested in this idea, please ask them to take a look at [...]
When Darcy, the VP of Marketing at Tom Bihn, wrote asking if I
would like to take a look at their new Aeronaut Maximum Carry On
Bag, her offer couldn't have come at a better time. My family was
in the process of getting ready for our California vacation, and I
was in the midst of a bag quandary. I was planning on bringing the
usual heavy load of travel electronics, along with a Fuji laptop
and my new (and as yet mostly unconfigured) DualCor cPC. As I
started gathering all of my gear together, it was quickly becoming
obvious that my regular bag was not going to comfortably handle the