If you could have asked me four months ago if I needed a laptop-specific bag, as I pulled yards of tangled cord and a stickered but otherwise bare Macbook Pro from a tote, I might have laughed at you. “I have, like, 100 overpriced and adorable bags, all of which can fit a laptop easy,” I would have said. At one point, I even had one of those protective sleeves. I’d slide my laptop into that and drop it into whatever bag I decided to carry that day–along with the various wallets, makeup bags, sunglass cases and emergency bottles of 5-Hour Energy I also kept (and still keep) with me [...]
Some people in New York are fine, some are not. I don't know that this list of helpful emergency gear will be helpful this late, but I figure it's better than one more post about which smartphone rules. People are picking up the pieces, and things are on their way to being normal again. But right: there's always a next time.
This list is not an official emergency checklist, although it was informed by Seamus's experience in the military and private security management, my training as an EMT and SF emergency response dork (NERT) and FEMA's prep kit list. We made sure we had most things on FEMA's general list, [...]
After getting a launch-day iPhone, I tested cases now available from every major brand. As of now, I’ve looked at all available models from: Belkin, Incase, Otterbox, Speck, STM, and Incipio. Other brands including Ballistic, Case-Mate, Element Case, Grove Made, and Griffin won’t have samples ready until later, and I don't expect any of these cases on the horizon to be better than our current pick, based on reviews of past models with the same design as the upcoming cases.
With this first batch, I conducted drop tests, judged everyday usability, and evaluated each model's aesthetics. For the cases that are updates to previous generation models, I researched past reviews [...]
There is no one "best" method of making coffee. So, there is no best gear for making coffee.
Declaring such a thing would be like declaring that deep frying is the best way to cook anything. It's partly a matter of personal taste — you might really like the results that deep frying produces! — and a matter of what you're making. The same is true for coffee-making methods: siphon or pourover is probably my favorite way to prepare coffee, but some people really like press pots. The point is that you can't quite declare one piece of coffee making equipment to the best, no more than you can say [...]
Most people only print when they have to. Wouldn't it be nice to have an all-in-one scanner, copier and fax machine for people who dabble in paper once in awhile?
Multifunction printers jam the functionality of a number of popular pieces of hardware into one reasonably sized, reasonably priced package. It’s cheaper to buy one than it is to pick up a printer, scanner, copier and fax machine separately. For anyone with a small office or a limited amount of desk space, like me, that’s a godsend. They make sense for home offices and small business owners but we'll focus on a model for the home office which means that [...]
Buying a camera for less than $150 is a tricky proposition — at this price point, the market is flooded with low quality cameras without much in the way of defining features. The one you'll actually want to pick up will need to balance keeping up with of key specs of a more expensive camera, while still keeping cost down, having acceptable image quality, and a small body. It should also have a decent zoom level and a HD video mode.
The real test of a cheap camera is how it handles in low light. Even a crummy, super-cheap camera will take decent photos on a bright day, so how [...]
To say that the headphone and earphone category is crowded would be an understatement. There are hundreds upon hundreds of models, all with their own sound and style, some of which cost as little as a hamburger and fries, others as much as a used car.
But why earbuds? And why the best earbuds under $100? The answer to the first question is portability. Just like we all celebrated the downsizing of the discman into the MP3 player, having a pair of earbuds that you can ball up and toss in your pocket, purse, or backpack is tremendously convenient. Big, over-ear headphones–even ones that cleverly fold up into a smaller package–just [...]