I hope your summer has been enjoyable! It’s still hot here in SoCal and it still feels like summer, but it’s time nonetheless to concentrate on getting the kiddies ready for going back to school in just a few weeks.
Here’s hoping the coming school year will be good to your and your family! I also hope the information I’ve compiled will ease your toil and provide some welcome respite from some of the tough decisions and high costs you otherwise would have faced.
You know the drill. Click the links below to go straight to the articles of interest. Note that there are some in this list that are not new products. However, I put them here in the mix because they are still relevant and still recommended. If you don’t know about or don’t have something here, it’s new to you and that is what is important. I do not believe that only new things are best. I am a huge fan of products that stand the test of time, especially in the arena of consumer electronics, but also in more obvious areas, such as housewares and hardware. I love it when I can buy something that lasts and lasts and that I can be pleased with, without thinking about paying for upgrading, for years to come. With that in mind, plunge into the really new and not so new below.
As always, thank you all for your support.
Back-to-School Means Fun and Useful Tech – Portable Mice for Laptops from Logitech
It’s Never too Early to Teach Children Language Arts, Reading – Vtech Bugsby Reading System Educates and Entertains Ages Three Through Seven
TI-Nspire, the Cool New School Tool for Math Students; Much More Than Just a Calculator
Fun, Simple, Affordable Messaging Phone from Sanyo-Kyocera for Sprint – SCP-2700
Maybe An Existing Windows PC Need Not Be Replaced, Only Tuned Up – Advice for Parents and Students
Is a Netbook Right for You? Acer Aspire One D250
Simple, Secure USB Flash Drive for Mac Users – 8GB Verbatim Store ‘n Go
What’s YOUR Windows Antivirus Program? Mine is ESET NOD32, and It Should Be Yours
THE Cool Computer for Back-to-School 2009 – Step One
Software for Your New MacBook – Back to School 2009 – Step Two
Accessorize the Back-to-School Computer 2009 – Step Three
Back Up or Risk Losing Everything – Step Four – Advise for All Computer Users – Back-to-School 2009
Final Tech Ideas for A Student or Dorm Room Back-to-School 2009 – Step Five
Seagate Replica, Easy Windows Backup Drive, Software
All-Occasion Gift Idea from Coveroo; Laser Personalize Phones, iPods, More
Philips Sonicare FlexCare RS930 Electric Toothbrush – Great Dental Checkups Are Easily Achieved by Children and Adults
New SRS Labs iWOW Premium iTunes Plug-in an Inexpensive Must-have Addition for Every iTunes User
New Peek Pronto Messaging Device Much Improved Over Original, but How’d They Do It?
New Flip UltraHD and UltraSD Camcorders – Larger Screen, Double the Memory
Housewares – Thermos BPA-free Intak Hydration Bottle Does the Job
Magellan RoadMate 1470 Is GPS Done Right and Reasonably Priced
TeleNav Shotgun, Internet Connected Portable GPS – Different and Better; Read Why
Anytime Gift Suggestions
Better, Sharper Kitchen Knives from Wusthof (and Others) and How to Keep Them as Sharp as or Sharper Than New . . . Forever
Mr. Gadget’s® Easy, Foolproof, Do-It-Yourself Knife-Sharpening Secrets Revealed
Spotlight on Edgecraft/Chef’sChoice
Spotlight on Mundial (Cutlery)
JarPop Still the World’s Easiest Jar Opener – Every High Tech Home Needs One
Spotlight on Danish Experts at BRIX Design
Spotlight on Spice Ratchet (Herb and Spice Mills)
Spotlight on Trudeau – Graviti Elite Electric Salt and Pepper Mills…the BEST, and more!
Spotlight on Wine Openers
Spotlight on Zyliss
Spotlight on Microplane (Graters)
Spotlight on FoldTuk
Spotlight on Microthin
Spotlight on Mastrad
Spotlight on Silicone Zone
Spotlight on iSi – Cream Whippers, Silicone Kitchen Gadgets, More
Spotlight on Bodum – Unique Glassware, Glass Accessories, More
Contigo AUTOSPOUT Addison Water Bottle – My New Favorite Contigo Water Bottle
NEW Contigo AUTOSEAL Martinique Double-wall 24-oz. Bottle and Vacuum Insulated 16-oz. Stainless Steel Travel Mug – You Will Want These
Contigo AUTOSEAL Stainless Steel No-spill, No-leak Mug Keeps Hot Beverages Hot for Four Hours, Cold for 12
Spotlight on Hydro Flask – Double-wall Vacuum Hydration Bottles Keeps Hot, Cold Better than Others
Fit & Fold, Makes Fitted Sheets Easier
Santa Maria Bar-B-Que Salt, Uniquely Delicious and Different
RealSalt Instead of Plain Salt; It’s Sea Salt from Utah, Tastes Better, Possibly More Healthful
Have You Tried Bacon Salt (Kosher, with NO Bacon, and Delicious)?
Spotlight on WowBacon Microwave Cooker
Spotlight on Hourglass Cold Brew Non-Electric Coffee Maker; Low Acid, Great Taste
Spotlight on Butterball SAFE Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer
Spotlight on Cuisinart – 14-cup Elite Food Processor
Oster BVCB07-Z 7-speed Blender = Performance and Value
Stand Mixers? Go with KitchenAid
Spotlight on Zojirushi – THE Name for Rice Cookers, More
Pogoplug – Cloud Computing for Everyone – Get to Know Pogoplug; Share & Stream ALL Your Stuff
Gifting Idea Odds ‘n Ends – Don’t Miss These!
Duracell Daylite LED Flashlights – Powerful, with Unique Spot-to-Flood Focus
WD TV – Why This Inexpensive Product is a *MUST-HAVE for Camera/Camcorder Owners, Music Enthusiasts
Netflix Player by Roku – Stream Movies to Your TV Through This Little Box Using Your Netflix Account – WOW!
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