Proposed EU measures to extend product lifetime

https://youtu.be/pvFh6fsfXQE I am happy to let you know that things are underway within the EU to ensure that products will last longer and will be easier to repair in the future. These are proposed measures at the moment, they're not law, but they soon could be. The idea, according to the EEB (European Environmental Bureau) … Continue reading Proposed EU measures to extend product lifetime

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 … Continue reading Group identity and commercialism

Here’s why should you get an advanced battery charger-analyzer

In this video, you will find out why it's important to use a proper battery charger-analyzer and how using one helped me spot bad batteries in the batch of Ni-MH batteries used in my electronic equipment. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wer8val_6hg Before I got my charger-analyzer, I always wondered why some of my batteries seemed to last so little … Continue reading Here’s why should you get an advanced battery charger-analyzer

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 … Continue reading Should you use shoe trees?

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 … Continue reading Hardware preview: ioSafe N2 NAS

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 … Continue reading Do you know Dieter Rams?

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, … Continue reading Three cool jacket designs