If you are memory conscious and either need to replace your external storage or want to invest in a great solution, the Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive is an elegant storage solution. It's DropGuard feature also makes it surprisingly durable for the tough traveler. Transfer data, and large stereo/audio and photo files back and forth to all your networked destinations. Sexy and slim, its heft of 160GB capacity holds up to 640,000 photos, over 2,900 hours of music and 240 hours of video.
The nitty gritty specs:
* Requires no external power supply
* Includes a free EMC Retrospect HD backup software license
* USB 2.0/1.1 compatible (transfer rates up to 480Mbits/s depending on your processor and OS)
* Length 0.75 x Width 3.5 x Height 5.25 Weight - 0.48 pounds
It's recommended by one of Amazon's commentors (we love these guys) that you purchase a small 4-1 USB hub, so that you can always be prepared to have the required two USB connections to ensure you have enough power.
It's the "little red corvette" of storage solutions
Price: $119 at Amazon.
If you don't have a CD/DVD inkjet printer or a computer with LightScribe, then you probably keep a pile of permanent markers beside your blank discs. You've probably also noticed that the quality of your penmanship instantly takes a turn for the worst as soon as the tip of the pen touches the glossy surface of the disc.
That's why the Disk Title Printer by Casio ($60) should be bundled with CD spindles. Connected to a computer and running off of 8 AA batteries or the included AC adapter, it prints (200 dpi) via thermal transfer directly to blank discs, putting an end to the horrors that are illegible handwriting and smeared titles. Now you can just use those Sharpies to "write out loud."
At this time of the year when we're decorating like crazy, with candles in every room (at least in my house), it's a good time to think about the new flameless candles, such as the Smart Home LED ones, or even Glade. Yup, Glade.
The National Fire Prevention Association says that the rate of fires caused by candles is skyrocketing. "There's no such thing as a perfectly safe candle," says Jim Shannon of the National Fire Prevention Association. "The most recent statistics we have, for one year: about 190 people killed from candle fires in the United States, and almost 1,500 injured."
Statistics show that the number of candle fires rose 15 percent, and nearly 5 percent of home fires were started by candles. Compare that to the early '80s, when only around 1 percent of house fires were caused by candles. The reason for the jump? The popularity of candles.
No more secret thermostat tinkering or tossing off the covers at night. If your honey prefers to keep the room cool (saving those pennies!), but you like things toasty, this HeatComfort Blanket provides dual-controls for both of you. There are 11 warmth settings and the controller automatically provides you with consistent, continuous comfort as you sleep
Made from brushed and quilted Polartec® Microfleece, this blanket is extra snuggly and won't shrink or pill with machine washing and drying. You can use the pre-heat feature for light warming before climbing into bed and never worry about leaving it on, there's a 10-hour automatic shut-off.
Energy-efficient, low voltage, use it regularly as an alternative to your electric/gas heat and you should be able to save about 10-15% on your winter heating costs. Blanket is UL®-listed for safety. The twin/double size has one controller; the queen/king has two.
Price: $139 - $229.50 at Landsend.com.
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