How To Control Your Data Online

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We’ve become accustomed to online companies hosting our data, but this practice is actually highly inefficient. This page explains the situation pretty simply. My advice is to use “unhosted” online services that support personal data control, or “zero-knowledge” services that encrypt your data before it leaves your computer. I’ve created a list of suitable services at the end of this …

The Best External Hard Drives Of 2012

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External hard drives allow you to add terabytes of storage to your computer for a few hundred dollars. External drives connect to PCs and Macs via their external connectors. Almost every computer has a USB 2.0 port, so it’s the most common type of connection currently. Here’s the speed of other interfaces (from slowest to fastest): FireWire 400, USB 2.0, FireWire 800, eSATA (external …

Best Portable Hard Drives Of 2012

External hard drives are a must for backing up computer data.  And for most users, the best portable external hard drives work just as well as their desktop cousins, with the added versatility of travel-readiness.  Storage capacity is important, but it’s definitely not the only factor to consider.  Here are a couple of the other criteria we looked at for …

The Best Keyboards For iPhone

The market for Bluetooth wireless keyboards continues to explode since the release of Apple’s iPad tablet, leaving manufacturers scrambling to make the most portable keyboard without losing points in functionality. Luckily, both the iPhone and the iPad support Bluetooth wireless technology. And why do you need one at all?

The Best Laptops Under $400

The best laptops were once a pricey commodity that many consumers could not afford, but with the popularity of these mobile computers many manufacturers have been forced to make inexpensive models to reach every class of buyer. At first many of these models were not the best laptops, but with technology advancing so quickly many of the newest cheap laptops …

The Best Digital Projectors Under $500

The best digital projectors may seem to be the type of gadget that would be out of the reach of many consumers, but the fact is that there are a lot of decent models available for the same price as a small flat screen television.There are a lot of big name brands among the best digital projectors under $500, such …

Looptworks: Products Made Of 100% “Excess” Material

I’ve been testing some Looptwork products, and they are amazing. Here’s why: the company makes all their products from 100% industrial “excess” materials. That means every zipper, button and thread used in their designs was about to be thrown out. For example, the Hoptu Laptop Sleeve shown above is made with 100% upcycled nylon neoprene which was recovered from a …

Best Computers for Under $1000

Computers have come a long way over the past few years.  They have become faster, smaller, and more efficient when it comes to energy utilization. 

Lenovo’s New Monitors Are Greenest Available

Lenovo has released a range of new LCD monitors that are probably the greenest monitors available. The new Thinkvision L2440x monitor received Greenpeace’s highest rating in their Green Electronics Survey 2008 (PDF File). Recently, I had a chance to review the Thinkvision L2440p 24″ widescreen LCD monitor. The L2440p uses only 30 watts to power its display. As I write …

A Closer Look At The [re]Drive

I noted the release of the [re]Drive last month — this hard drive is probably the most energy efficient external hard drive available. I was glad to be able to get a hold of one for testing. The first thing I noticed about this drive, was the packaging, which was minimalistic enough to bring a smile to my face. The …