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Wink Books

Books are not dead! Books printed on paper have their uses. Printed tomes, vs digital books, are more useful for archived knowledge since they don’t need a reader, and won’t go obsolete. In a thousand years you’ll still be able to read a book (if you learn old English), or just want to look at […]

Boomerang for Gmail

I have been using Boomerang for Gmail on both my personal and business email accounts for close to two years, and at this point I find it indispensable. It may have more features, but I use Boomerang mainly as a tool that helps me follow-up on critical email conversations. It makes it easy to both […]

Motorola Two-Way Radio

For a consumer level walkie-talkie, I recommend the Motorola MH230R ($47), or for slightly longer range, the MR350R ($54). I lived for several years in the Eastern Sierra where we used these for hiking. Usually they were good for 2-3 miles over mountainous terrain, and of course much further if users were in line of […]

Pianoteq Software Piano

I’m not a musical purist. As a composer for video games and films, I’m totally for electronic instruments that can mimic acoustic instruments. I work on tight budgets and I don’t have, for example, a grand piano sitting in my office. Even if I did, pianos are notoriously difficult to mic — that takes a […]

Amped ACA1 Wi-Fi USB Adapter

When the PCI Wi-Fi card in my desktop system died last month, I decided to get something that had an external antenna I could move away from the case and closer to the door of my room, since the wireless router was on the other side of the house. When I saw the ACA1 it […]

Amped ACA1 Wi-Fi USB Adapter

When the PCI Wi-Fi card in my desktop system died last month, I decided to get something that had an external antenna I could move away from the case and closer to the door of my room, since the wireless router was on the other side of the house. When I saw the ACA1 it […]

Amped ACA1 Wi-Fi USB Adapter

When the PCI Wi-Fi card in my desktop system died last month, I decided to get something that had an external antenna I could move away from the case and closer to the door of my room, since the wireless router was on the other side of the house. When I saw the ACA1 it […]

Audioflood Waterprooof iPod Shuffle

I learned how to paddleboard this summer and after a while, out on the water, I wanted music. I bought the Audioflood waterproof iPod. (It’s an iPod Shuffle that has had its interior filled with waterproof sealant). I loaded it up with a lot of Phillip Glass, David Byrne and some Gilbert and Sullivan overtures […]

Swiss Army Spirit Multitool Plus Ratchet

Over the years of buying many multitools, I realize there is no “perfect” multitool. But the Victorinox Spirit (plus ratchet) comes close. Victorinox is known for making precise tools, and the Spirit is no exception. I bought the Spirit in 2010. Since then, it has proven to be an invaluable accessory in my everyday carry. […]

Worx Hand Cleaner

Over the past 10 years I have worked in a garage, machine shop and most recently an automotive research lab. I have never found a better hand cleaner than Worx. It is a dry powder type of soap, not a sandy paste. Worx is incredible. It gets the hard-to-clean dirt and great from under and […]

Worx Hand Cleaner

Over the past 10 years I have worked in a garage, machine shop and most recently an automotive research lab. I have never found a better hand cleaner than Worx. It is a dry powder type of soap, not a sandy paste. Worx is incredible. It gets the hard-to-clean dirt and great from under and […]

Worx Hand Cleaner

Over the past 10 years I have worked in a garage, machine shop and most recently an automotive research lab. I have never found a better hand cleaner than Worx. It is a dry powder type of soap, not a sandy paste. Worx is incredible. It gets the hard-to-clean dirt and great from under and […]

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