5 Steps to More Productive Workdays
You can set an alarm that causes your fitness band to vibrate at a certain time of day, silently. I like to set it for 4 p.m. sharp, when I know I should take a break whether I think I need one or not. Even just getting out of my chair to walk to the ...
August 4, 2014
Gadgeteer: Show us your desk series – Greg
The photo doesn't include a massive (and messy) desk directly behind the chair; nor another corner with filing cabinets, a multi-function printer, and a shredder. Most of my actual work, however, takes place at this table. Before moving on to the work ...
March 15, 2014
14 Gems From the Greatest Random Bizarro Deals Site
Feeling bored? You need a store that sells ridiculous, confusing products that probably shouldn't even exist. Let you introduce you to one of my favorite online retailers: Dealextreme. It's one of the internet's largest purveyors of cheap tablets ...
February 20, 2015
Just Mobile AluCup Grande review
There are slots milled or molded into the cup at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions, which are the perfect size to hold your cables while charging, or just to keep them from slipping off the back of your desk. You can actually wind them up inside the ...
April 7, 2014
RIP e-book readers? Rise of tablets drives e-reader drop
The stunning rise and then blazing flameout of ebooks perfectly encapsulate what has become an axiomatic truth in the industry: Single-task devices like the ebook reader are being replaced without remorse in the lives of consumers by their ...
December 12, 2012
Dark, quiet, spooky? Rocket Torch remedies (except spooky)
Many portable wireless speakers try to be a number of different things these days: alarm clock, battery bank, or a piece of furniture, to name a few. But flashlight? Sounds crazy, right? But maybe not. Pyle Audio has just introduced a multi-function ...
March 21, 2014
Vaja Cases Small Messenger Bag for iPad mini and 7″ tablets review
The iPad mini is small enough that I can take it anywhere I go. My mini with Retina display fits inside some of my everyday carry bags, but not all of them. When I'm carrying one of my smaller bags and want to take my mini along, I have to make a ...
March 27, 2014
The photo doesn’t include a massive (and messy) desk directly behind the chair. Before moving on to the work surface, note the Herman Miller Embody office chair that allows me to comfortably spend hours at the computer. Having suffered through a series of cheap chairs, I’ve come to believe that the most important office investment you can make is your seat. Here’s a closer look at what’s actually on the desk. Computer 1) Dell Studio XPS 16 – It’s hard to believe that this workhorse is approaching its fifth birthday, at least until I hear yet another strange noise coming from within to warn me that I should probably be thinking hard about its successor. 2) Dell laptop stand – Originally obtained with another Dell laptop that plugged in below, with a monitor on top, this now simply functions as a nice stand to put the laptop screen on the same level as the secondary monitor. Because I use the stand and second monitor, the laptop screen is farther away than if I were working directly on the laptop. 3) Dell UltraSharp U2312HM 23” Monitor – Besides my chair, I don’t think any addition to my office made as big a difference as adding another screen. 4) Dell keyboard – There is nothing special for me about this USB keyboard, but it does the job.
For some reason, many children through the years haven't realized that they don't need to waste their preciously short childhoods baking their own cookies. The popularity of the Easy-Bake Oven, which uses a real heating element to actually bake dessert items, may have reached its apex in 2006. That year, it was voted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. A year later they were forced to recall one million of their plastic models when it was discovered that a design flaw allowed the oven to easily trap and severely burn children's tiny little fingers. This is obviously a recipe for disaster, especially given that the ovens could reach temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius (400 °F). All told, nearly 250 incidents were reported, including 16 cases of second- or third-degree burns. One unlucky five-year-old girl was even forced to undergo a partial finger amputation. So for parents intent on setting their babies adrift, the Aqua Leisure Baby Boat was an adorable godsend. Too bad the cheaply made inflatable boats tended to tear rather easily, causing dozens of babies to plunge right through. Aqua Leisure was ultimately fined $650,000 for knowing about the problem for six years but hiding behind the classic "but-no-babies-have-actually-drowned-yet" justification.
The fine folks at Just Mobile make a lot of cool gadget-centric stuff: styli, iPad and Phone stands, batteries for your USB gadgets, USB chargers for your vehicle’s 12 volt system – the works. A while back, they produced the AluCup, a round aluminum cup with a rubber insert and a slanted top edge, perfectly suited to hold your iPhone at an angle on your desk that allows viewing or tapping without glare from overhead lights. They have followed this phone and phablet-centric desk stand with one a bit larger, well-suited for an iPad mini or larger. Think of the round acrylic stands at Apple stores for the iPad mini, but made from aluminum, hollowed out and lined with flexible rubber. The measurements of the Grande are 3. 9 in diameter and 2 inches on the high side, sloping down to just under 1 inch. There’s a tiny little stub in the center of the rubber insert, which I first thought was a byproduct of injection molding or something. I soon realized it was actually designed to allow two angles for standing up a handheld device. When my iPhone is sitting with its base inside the AluCup and the back against the highest point, it’s a 37° angle, and when I place it behind the little center stub, the angle is 69°. While I’m usually away from my home office desk, I do have a...