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A Study of Electronic Gizmos but Unplugging Along too

May 30th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

What do fathers want? Electronics, electronics, and more electronics. I'm hanging on by a thread trying to figure this stuff out. Jump in anytime and give advice!

iPhone Car Adapter
You heard of this? It's a doohickey that lets you play your phone music (and I presume your subscribed broadcasts) through your car sound system. It also lets you answer/make phone calls through the car sound system (better than talking with than a blue tooth I guess). Husband is interested. I am contemplating. Here is an

Text is example device and Link is http://store.apple.com/us/product/H2652LL/A
example device that has good reviews and obviously from the best source.

What do you think? How long before it becomes obsolete??

Smart Power Strip
These have been around a couple years, and there's even a couple forum threads discussing pros and cons here on SA. I decided to take the plunge and get one. One reason: we are using solar power at home and conserve every watt. My husband has taken to turning off the TV/Wii center lately to save energy to that end.

Funny these are not in hardware or electronics stores much, I had to get
Text is this one and Link is http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Strip-LCG5-Auto-Switching-Technology/dp/B000L9635G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1338402822&sr=8-1
this one on Amazon.

Portable Hard Drive
Anyone else have one? *sigh* why do we have to keep adding memory, beefing up our computer resources ad nauseum. This time I am told a portable hard drive is recommended to back up your home computer. Nevermind that I barely got used to flash drives; they are not big enough anymore? My hubby is a community college prof and his lectures are pretty valuable. So he wants to back them up and take the drive to a secure (outside the home) location. I am researching and awaiting a good Staples/Office Depot/Office Max coupon.

In the meantime I plug (or more exactly 'unplug') along making neat things from materials already at hand. For example, I had leftover wool from a kit for making a felted purse. (Felting is when you shrink wool with hot water). I did not want to discard the wool so here's what I made (I have enough wool to make at least 6 pairs):

Felt and Crystal Ball earrings
Pastel felt balls sparkle with a little crystal in these unusual and interesting earrings.

Ask me for more detail!

Fortunately I have a few low tech things up my sleeve for Father's Day. Husband intentionally drops hints about less expensive things that the kids can give him for Father's Day and I listen up secretly!

shoe horn
yes, an old fashioned simple metal one. Any leads where to get one for a few dollars? Have not visited the shoe repair shop yet....

Apron
He is a messy cook, and I am on him to wipe up when he's in the kitchen. Alot! He said he could use an apron and I think a masculine one would be fine. Must be under $20. Send links!

2 Responses to “A Study of Electronic Gizmos but Unplugging Along too”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    portable hard drive: We have used several over the years for "extra storage." Not taking them off-site. We have had several failures. I do not recommend. There are LOTS of free online backup options these days - very highly reviewed. I'd google a bit. We've paid for a service (we have a LOT of stuff to store - my husband's movies and original footage, etc. - I think most people would do fine with the free service - we just need more room). Online storage is far more reliable, from my experience, though you may want to research a bit where the data is physically stored. Maybe not a company who keeps physical storage in your neighborhood (in case of natural disaster).

  2. monkeymama Says:

    For the iPhone - consider this?

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000OTF6G0/ref=asc_df_B000OTF6G02035578?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B000OTF6G0&hvpos=1o1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=14287774051293532798&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=

    This is the one I just got for my car. It might not be as nice and do what you want, but I giggled at the "How long to obsolete?" comment. My dh is using a tape cassette adapter I have had for about TWENTY years. (Bought originally for a portable CD player - then for MP3 players - now for smart phone). Since my car does not have a cassette player, I upgraded to a FM radio adapter. It has worked much better than we expected. It's great!! I loved the price, too. We JUST bought it for my MP3 player, but has been great with our new phones. {We do tend to keep cars to 15th-20th year. New cars would be a different story!}.

    Someone gave us a bluetooth speaker, to keep in the car, and I think dh bought one too, but we have abandoned them. Plugging into the car stereo is MUCH preferred.

    Good Luck!!

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