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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