On keeping one’s computer tidy…

I recently had to take my iMac apart in order to look at the hardware closely, and after 5 years of intense use in my home office, I got a chance to re-convince myself of the importance of keeping one's computer tidy inside, not just outside. Apple doesn't make it easy for us to service [...]

Group identity and commercialism

Here's a short video log I recorded yesterday as I got to thinking about how we as humans tend to separate into groups and sub-groups and identify with them. We form separate cultures and sub-cultures and nowadays, we want to stand apart from what we see as the commercialism and consumerism of modern society.  And [...]

Should you use shoe trees?

Question: I'm learning how to properly take care of shoes, and while browsing the web late this evening, I thought about shoe horns/trees. Now in the past I've found them, really just a sales gimmick, hardly worth my money. What do you think? Shoe trees are worth getting, especially if you have quality leather shoes that [...]

Hardware preview: ioSafe N2 NAS

ioSafe, the company famous for its line of rugged external drives that can withstand disasters such as floods, fires and even crushing weight, has come up with a new product: the N2 NAS (Network Attached Storage) device. The N2 device comes at the right time. The market for NAS devices is maturing and demand is [...]

Do you know Dieter Rams?

Here is Dieter Rams, one of the giants of industrial design. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncw3f4jgNP4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6-wA-7QIeE http://vimeo.com/18988687 http://vimeo.com/19742547 I love the man's approach to design and his clear avoidance of planned obsolescence. He is a great example of standing for something that you believe in and then changing the world because of your stance. Wonderful. You may also want [...]

Three cool jacket designs

Here are three innovative jacket designs. Jacket with inflatable hood by Rahel Ritchie Not yet in production, but I think it's very cool. It's got a built-in pillow so you can sleep while traveling. [via LikeCool and Rahel Ritchie] RuckJack "Rucksack? Jacket? You decide." Another neat convertible jacket design, this one turns into a rucksack, [...]

Reduce your waste with a toothbrush? Yes.

The Terradent toothbrush stands out from the pack of dental hygiene products out there not because of the complicated design of its head and the multitude of angled bristles, but due to the simplicity and thinking behind its design. In two words, it has replaceable heads. When you need to change the brush, you don't [...]

Storage drops below 7 cents per gigabyte

In January of 2009, I mentioned the price of storage had just dropped below 9 cents per gigabyte. I see now that 2 TB drives are selling below $150 (they're $140), so it's time to update my figures. At $139.99 for a 2 TB (2,000 GB) SATA hard drive, that comes out to less than [...]